School holidays are not far away now, and there’s plenty to keep them busy in the Murraylands!   Whether you’re looking for free, low cost, or experiences that create memories that last a lifetime, there is so much on offer.

Here’s 5 things that top of list of must see things to do and see over the holidays:

1) Monarto Zoo

Monarto Zoo is one of the largest open-range zoo’s in the world spanning more than 1,000 hectares and is home to more than 50 species of exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles. The zoo is located 60 minutes (70 kilometres) from South Australia’s capital city Adelaide and is the gateway to the picturesque Murraylands region.


There are a number of extra activities you can undertake to make your experience more memorable. For example, you can meet the Zoo Keepers, go on the bus rides/tours around the Zoo, feed the lions and get them into their night quarters, and much more!

It’s a South Australian experience, you need to have! For more information visit

2) Captain Proud Cruises

There is nothing more thrilling for kids than being on a cruise. It allows them the experience of gliding through the water on a big boat, seeing the sights, and identifying wildlife as they go. A paddle wheel cruise, is even more exciting as it bring a bit of old world charm, giving you the opportunity to share some history with your children. Captain Proud offers lunchtime and dinner cruises too in case you want to totally chill out on the water and enjoy every part of the experience.


Captain Proud cruises the Murray River 7 days a week with lunch and dinner cruises available. For pricing, times and more information, visit

3) Bike trails

There are a number of Bike Trails that have been mapped out for cyclists of all ages and skill type. Bring the bikes up on the back of the car and spend the day enjoying the country fresh air, making memories and seeing the beautiful scenery all at once. For info on the bike trails visit

4) Hire a Kayak/Canoe/Jetski and paddle the Murray Bridge or Mannum Canoe Trails.

Kayaks and canoes are a great way to experience the Murray River at its best. Kayak and Canoe Hire is very affordable with flexible hire rates, making it ever so easy for you to get ‘on the water’ and explore at your own pace.

Information about Hire Companies is available at Hire-Action

5) Old Tailem Town

Old Tailem Town is Australia’s Oldest Pioneer Village. It was first established in 1982 and is currently visited by tourists all over the world. The kids will have a great time experiencing life a century ago, learning how good they have it now (wink wink), and learning of yesteryear. Whether you only have a few hours, half a day or full day to spend, this will be an experience to remember. Full information can be found at

So there’s 5 things to keep the kids happy these school holidays and you get to enjoy being out and about too!

Kids in the Murraylands! 5 things to do on the school holidays