Murray River, Lakes and Coorong Family Holidays

A river playground

The Murray River, Lakes and Coorong is a glorious natural playground, brimming with things to explore and discover.

This wonderful region is ideal for swimming, fishing, canoeing, skiing and houseboating. Mum and Dad, join in or just relax and soak up the sun. You’ll find secluded spots that are perfect for a picnic.

PS Marion paddle steamer, Mannum

Enjoy the life of years gone by as you explore the region's history. See a restored paddle steamer at Mannum, or take a cruise on one. It's a great way to experience the river. Take a canoe or kayak to explore the Coorong for yourself.

From sheep shearing to yabbies

Cruise activities vary and can include visiting Big Bend by Night’s Sunnydale Station to watch a sheep shearing show, excursions to Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Site to learn about the Nganguraku people or a trip to the Murray Aquaculture Yabby Farm.

Get wet, go wild or walk

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 ski gear. Learn how to wakeboard at South Side Wakeboard at Murray Bridge, which offers lessons by the hour.

Dry off and visit Monarto Zoo - a must-see while in the region. This huge, open range zoo features a diverse range of animals. Visit lions, giraffes, zebra and cheetahs. Jump on the Zu-Loop Shuttle bus to get up close to the rare white rhinoceros.

Stretch your legs on a Mallee Bushwalking Trail. It's good fun during the day but things get a bit spooky after dark. Not only do all the animals come out but you can see spiders' eyes shining from the riverbanks!

High-octane action to pedal power

For high-octane adventures, head to Murray Bridge Speedway where drivers battle it out in a full calendar of events, including the Australian Sprintcar Championships. Tailem Bend Motorsport Park is another option.

Prefer to drive yourself? There are motocross tracks in Murray Bridge and Mannum, as well as go-kart tracks in Murray Bridge.

For power of a different kind, the Australian International Pedal Prix is a must. Held at Murray Bridge in September, the 24-hour event is the largest of its kind in the world. It attracts more than 230 entrants.

The legend of the bunyip

No holiday to the Murray River is complete without visiting the legendary bunyip. You’ll find him lurking in a cave on the banks of the Murray River at Sturt Reserve in Murray Bridge. For a small donation, he’ll even leave his cave and roar at you!

The Murray River, Lakes and Coorong is magic for family holidays.

Andrew Cosi Costello and family

He's the host of South Aussie with Cosi, a family man and most importantly, passionate about South Australia. Andrew 'Cosi' Costello shares his top five tips for a great family holiday in South Australia.

1. Just a short drive from Adelaide is Monarto Zoo. You can hang out with the big cats, play zoo keeper and put the lions to bed and get up close with cheetahs on a behind-the-scenes tour. It's probably one of the coolest things I've done in the area.

2. Walk across the Murray Bridge at Murray Bridge. It's free and fun.

3. Mannum is not far from Murray Bridge and offers some super cool activites. Hire a houseboat from there and head upstream. The family will love it!

4. Mannum has an event I go to each year called Sounds By the River. It attracts some big acts and the Murray River acts as a backdrop which is very, very special to see.

5. Help the kids spot the rock that looks like a polar bear near Palmer.

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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