Murray River, Lakes and Coorong

Play or pause? The choice is yours

From its source in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, the Murray flows 2520 kilometres to the Southern Ocean in South Australia - through the Riverland, down to Murray Bridge and onto the Lakes and Coorong.

Whether you want to relax on a leisurely houseboat holiday or explore Australia’s greatest waterway, the choice is yours. Experience Aboriginal culture and history, see wildlife up close or head into the Mallee scrub for an exhilerating four wheel drive (4WD) adventure.

Find the magic, and a moment to play or pause, on the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong.

Visit Discovery Murray River for more local information about a Murray River holiday.

Cruising along the Murray River at Big Bend, South Australia

The Murray River is around 130 million years old. For thousands of years, it and the Coorong were home to Ngarrindjeri and Nganguraku people. Europeans arrived in the 1800s and used the river for transportation and irrigation.

Gently down the stream

Just one hour’s drive from Adelaide and near other tourist regions, the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong is a popular escape for locals and visitors who come to 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 a 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.

Perfect for playtime

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, 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 and go-karting.

Pause... and 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 good shoes, a swag and enjoy a trip "out bush".

See 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 coast from Kingston S.E. to the Murray Mouth and 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 saltpans.

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.  

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

Take some time out to play among the wetlands, wildlife and water, you’ll return home feeling relaxed and recharged.

The Murray River, Lakes and Coorong is a playground for everyone.


Murray River, Lakes & Coorong Visitor Guide

Find out more and plan your trip to the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong - the place to play or pause. Relax on a houseboat, explore the river and lakes in a kayak or canoe and see the amazing birdlife in the Coorong National Park.

Murray River, Lakes and Coorong map, South Australia

Download a Murray River, Lakes and Coorong map to help find your way from Swan Reach to Meningie and as far west as Pinnaroo.

What's on

There are plenty of events on near the Murray River. Here are some ideas you might like.

Things to do

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

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