Murray River

Explore Australia’s greatest waterway

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.

Mannum Riverbank on the Murray River, South Australia

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

Be your own captain

There are a myriad of vessels to hire on the Murray River from canoes to luxury houseboats.

Explore the meandering waters, cruise past ochre-coloured steep cliffs and navigate through the oldest lock and weir system along the river. Dating back to the 1920s and 1930s, six locks in South Australia are still in use today.

We’ve also got 11 ferry crossings running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They’re free to use.

Cruise the river

Paddle steamers are an impressive sight seen along the Murray River including Australia’s largest inland paddle steamer, 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.

Stop, step ashore and sleep under the stars

When you need a break from houseboating, fishing, canoeing, swimming or water skiing, 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".

Murray River, Lakes & Coorong

Play or pause

From wildlife and Aboriginal culture to fascinating history and adrenalin-packed action, the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong is a playground for everyone.

Go exploring in a canoe, then relax by the riverbank from the comfort of your houseboat or shack. Go wild at Monarto Zoo or head off the beaten track on a four wheel drive (4WD) adventure through the rugged Mallee region.

The Coorong is a popular place to fish, hike, camp and birdwatch. It has more than 275 different plant species and 200 bird species spread across almost 47,000 hectares of stunning lagoons and saltpans.

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

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


Clock on to 'river time'

The Riverland is where the cool waters of the Murray River feed wetlands and floodplain forests; where warm sandy landscapes are transformed into carpets of vineyards, citrus and almond groves.

Discover stories of bush rangers and ghosts at the Historic Overland Corner Hotel, see Australia's largest rose garden and sample delicious fruits, chocolates, nuts, lavender and wines.

Clock on to 'river time' - a relaxed pace of living where Riverland days stretch before you full of possibilities.  

Whether your passion is trekking through national parks, photographing stunning native birds, marvelling at the history of paddle power, or simply playing a round of golf, find out why people keep coming back to the river.

Find the magic, and be surprised, in the Riverland

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.

Riverland Visitor Guide

Book your next holiday to the Riverland. Enjoy the adrenalin rush from water sports, explore conservation parks and set your clock to river time. Find out more and plan your trip with the Riverland Visitor Guide.

Murray River, South Australia
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