Murray River, Lakes and Coorong Adventure and Outdoors

Explore your adventurous side

If you want more from a holiday than just lazing around a pool, you’ve come to the right place.

Jet skiing, Bow Hill, South Australia

From parachuting out of a plane to coming within a whisker of a cheetah, the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong offers adrenalin fuelled adventures both on and off the water. Paddle power is a great way to experience the natural environment.

Wet and wild

Get up close to local wildlife in a canoe or kayak. You'll see wading birds in the quiet, shallow backwaters of the Murray River, to New Zealand fur seals or a breeding colony of pelicans on the Coorong’s Pelican Island.

Day trips or extended, four-day paddle trips, along with camping in the Coorong with an eco-tourism trained guide are available, or you can bring your own canoe or hire one from numerous towns and explore various trails.  

Australia’s largest open-range zoo, Monarto, is located just 15 minutes from Murray Bridge. See lions, giraffes, rhinos and other African animals. Hop on and off shuttle buses travelling within giant enclosures or take an on-foot tour from behind the safety of a fence.  

Put a rhino to bed, visit the chimpanzee exhibit or walk among three hand-raised cheetahs on special behind-the-scenes tours.  

Ever played in a giant sandpit?

With a four wheel drive (4WD), you’ll be able to do just that, travelling along the beach from Goolwa to the Murray Mouth or tackling 42-Mile Crossing at the Coorong. Be aware that sand conditions change regularly and experience is necessary.

The Border Track, straddling the Victorian and South Australian border in the Mallee’s Ngarkat Conservation Park, alternates between sand dunes and claypans. Just as exhilarating is the rugged, four wheel drive (4WD) track at Saunders Gorge, not far from Mannum.

Bike or hike

Pedal power is just as fun with numerous bike routes running alongside the waterways. Try East Front Road from Mannum to Younghusband or sealed and unsealed roads around Palmer and Tungkillo.

Another option is to simply enjoy one of the many hiking trails. The Mannum Interpretive Walking Trails range in difficulty and showcase Mannum’s remarkable scenery and history.  

The Rail and River Walk in Murray Bridge, the Callington Heritage Trail (which can also be driven), the Sedan Heritage Trail and Morgan Heritage Trail are other options, along with the 105 kilometre Lavender Federation Trail, from Murray Bridge to Springton in the Barossa.

Fun for grown-ups

If you’re looking for something to keep the adults (who still think they’re kids) entertained, why not try paintball skirmish in Tailem Bend or Monarto South.  

For unforgettable views of the region (if you’re game enough to keep your eyes open!) go skydiving. A range of companies offer jumps with breathtaking views over the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong, as well as scenic helicopter rides.

Murray River, Lakes and Coorong - packed with adventure, on and off the water.

What's on in SA

There are plenty of events on in South Australia. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Things to do

Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.

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