The Murray River is the third longest navigable river in the world after the Amazon and Nile, flowing for 2,520 kilometres and is approximately 130-million years old. Immerse yourself in the culture, scenery, activities and flavours of South Australia’s aquatic playground: the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong. Relax on a houseboat holiday, splash out on the river, experience Indigenous culture and history and see wildlife up close.
How to get to there
The Murray River is a short hour’s drive from Adelaide, while 90-minutes south of Adelaide is the Lakes and Coorong district, where the mighty Murray meets the sea and just under 2 hours before you reach the Riverland. The entire region is rich with Indigenous history, and the River is perfect for boating and water sports, with plenty of charming towns along its banks.
Exploring the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong by car is an adventure. Once you’re there, make sure you experience the region by boat as well. Winding through South Australia, the Murray River’s townships are a blend of country towns and rural cities with Murray Bridge being the largest town on the South Australian stretch of the Murray River. The region is renowned for its stunning scenery.
See towering cliffs at Big Bend, which boasts the tallest cliffs along the entire length of the Murray River.
Make sure to check out the National Public Toilet Map when you’re planning your trip.
The region enjoys a Mediterranean climate, including dry summers and relatively mild winters. Coastal areas can often be cooler with crisp seabreezes. The average maximum daily temperature in winter is 17°c and 29°c in summer.
You’ll find music festivals, horse racing and food and wine festivals in the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region. Water-based events feature heavily on the calendar of events in the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong. There’s Floatfest, where kayakers and canoeists flood the water at Mannum. The river provides the perfect backdrop for the Sounds by the River rock concert held at Mannum each January. The Murray Bridge Jazz Festival is held in October. See here for a list of Major Events throughout the year.
Tourism information contributions from The South Australian Tourism Commission