Murray River, Lakes and Coorong – overflowing with experiences

Whether it’s cruising downstream on a houseboat, exploring breathtaking scenery and exploring historic towns, it’s pretty easy to relax on the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong.

From its source in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, the Murray River flows 2,520 kilometres to the Southern Ocean in South Australia. It passes through the Riverland, down to Murray Bridge and on to the Lakes and Coorong. The Murray River is around 130 million years old; and it and the Coorong are home to Ngarrindjeri and Nganguraku people. The region is as rich with Aboriginal history as it is with adventure sports.

The Murray River, Lakes and Coorong is a popular escape, being just one hour’s drive from Adelaide. Visitors can indulge their love for water sports, the wilderness and wild adventures. Whether captaining a five-star houseboat, paddling a kayak or experiencing the grandeur and romance of an historic paddle steamer, you’ll be inspired by breathtaking scenery at every turn.

Australia’s largest inland paddle steamer is the P.S. Murray Princess. Four storeys high and propelled by a paddlewheel, this is one of the finest ways to experience the Murray River. The Proud Mary is another beautiful vessel, offering everything from lunch cruises to five-day wildlife expeditions.


Take to the water

A river and lakes holiday isn’t complete until you get on the water. If you don’t have the equipment, there are plenty of places where you can hire paddleboats, canoes, sailing boats, life jackets and jetski gear. Learn how to wakeboard with lessons available daily.

If you don’t want to get wet, there are plenty of other activities in the region to keep you entertained, from sky diving to paintball skirmish; motocross to go-karting and an abundance of walking trails.


Enjoy some country hospitality

When you need a break from houseboating, fishing, canoeing, swimming or waterskiing, there are plenty of historic towns where you can stop, step ashore and enjoy some great country hospitality. With barbecues, playgrounds and lawn lining the riverbanks, they’re perfect for families and a picnic lunch.

Stay a bit longer in a caravan park or sleep under the stars in one of the region’s stunning conservation parks. Grab some walking shoes, a swag and enjoy a trip “out bush”.


Where the Murray meets the sea

Just 90 minutes south of Adelaide is the Lakes and Coorong district, where the Murray River meets the sea. The Coorong stretches 130 kilometres along South Australia’s south-east (S.E.) coast from Kingston S.E. to the Murray Mouth. It is a popular place to fish, four-wheel drive (4WD), canoe, hike, camp and birdwatch. There are more than 275 different plant species and 200 bird species spread across almost 47,000 hectares of stunning lagoons and salt pans.


Venture inland to the Mallee

With shimmering pink salt lakes, wildflowers and sand dunes rising out of low-lying scrub, the Mallee marks the start of the Murray River, Coorong and Lakes region.  

Criss-crossed by four-wheel drive (4WD) tracks – including the popular Border Track – the Mallee boasts 336,000 hectares of conservation park. It is popular with campers, hikers, birdwatchers and foodies, who stock-up on Mallee honey, olives and olive oil. 


Ask a local

The Visitor Information Centres located at Mannum and Murray Bridge are open seven days a week and the friendly staff are always on hand to help you with your plans, so drop in and say hi. Visit the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong website for more local information.


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Murraylands offers a range of Experiences for visitors.  Below are some of our Favourites!


PS Marion provides a unique opportunity to experience the thrills and mysteries of the golden years of the river boats. Undertaking short cruises throughout the year on the Murray River departing from Mary Ann Reserve in Mannum, PS Marion also conducts overnight passenger cruises, including the acclaimed Rockford Steam Powered Dinners as well as being available for private charter cruises.

Mannum Doc museum of River History is a must to visit! It is a fun interactive bundle of History and information the whole family will enjoy!

Houseboats are fun way to spend a holiday or a weekend away! Have a look at what’s on offer here!

National Parks in the Murraylands are full of adventure- Go and explore!!

1. Hire a canoe/ kayak and explore canoe trails
2. Learn to wakeboard – book your lesson
3. Relax and recharge as the sun sets on a houseboat
4. Drop in a line and do a spot of fishing
5. Get close to nature and explore a walking trail
6. Tackle the sand dunes or a self-drive 4WD track through rugged country side
7. Hire a shack with your friends and family and smell the sizzle of your BBQ
8. Canoe the Coorong
9. Get on your bike and cruise the riverside
10. Experience Australia’s Largest Open Range Zoo