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Murraylands

Follow our greatest river and discover delicious food and wine, historic townships and pristine conservation parks

Linked by a common proximity to water; whether river, lake or ocean, these diverse regions showcase some of South Australia’s iconic landscapes – stretching from Renmark, in the state’s north, to Lake Alexandrina, Lake Albert and the world-renowned Coorong National Park in the south.

Flowing 2520 kilometres from the Australian Alps to the ocean, the Murray River, Australia’s greatest waterway, has long been a favourite holiday destination for families, water sport enthusiasts and nature lovers. Renting a houseboat, available in many shapes and sizes, remains one of the signature experiences on the river.

From the Riverland, the Murray River flows gently southwest to the Lakes and Coorong, passing through some of Australia’s most productive farms, orchards and vineyards. The river is flanked by picturesque river ports, including Swan Reach, Mannum and Goolwa, and also provides access to several national parks and important Aboriginal sites.

Within easy driving of Adelaide, the Murray River makes the ideal backdrop for all kinds of adventure – from paddle steamer cruises to kayaking expeditions, hiking and cycling trips, birdwatching and, of course, fishing for the mighty Murray Callop. Thanks to an abundance of fresh produce, the Murray River and Riverland are both popular destinations for foodies – citrus and stone fruit, olives, honey, dates, almonds and yabbies are just some of the taste sensations available.

Wine tasting is another popular activity. Grape growing is a time honoured tradition in the Riverland and along the Murray River. Alongside many well-established names, such as Angove Family Winemakers, Berri Estates and Banrock Station, visitors will find several smaller, family-owned cellar doors offering tastings and vineyard lunches. Beer is also making an impact with craft brewers now operating at Murtho, Goolwa and Langhorne Creek.

History buffs will enjoy exploring historic little towns like Peake, Pinnaroo, Tungkillo, Wellington and Callington which have changed little in over a century. Old Tailem Town, Australia’s biggest pioneer village and Monarto Zoo are particular favourites with the kids.

Those who want to explore the great outdoors will find an impressive array of places to visit. Major attractions include Australia’s first Biosphere Reserve, the Morgan Conservation Park (famous for its untouched lagoons, swamps and creek systems), the ochre-coloured cliffs of Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park and the Coorong National Park, now recognised as a wetland of international significance.

From the dramatic cliffs along the Murray River to the vineyards and orchards of the Riverland and the wetlands and sand dunes of the Coorong, it’s hard to imagine anywhere as beautiful and awe-inspiring than this beautiful multifaceted corner of Australia.

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Chowilla – Slaney Creek

Canoeing
14km return

Slaney Creek is in the Chowilla anabranch system running between River Murray and Chowilla Creek. There are at least 3 major snags that must be negotiated in Slaney Creek. One day round trip of approx 14 kms. 1. Commence at the Customs House boatramp and paddle downstream to the junction with Slaney Creek (approx 1.5 […]

Canoeing 6 Hours Easy

Chowilla – Salt Creek Murray Loop

Canoeing
45km return

This loop trail in the anabranch creek system you are paddling against the flow most of the distance (approx. 21 kms). When you reach the Murray River you will paddle downstream. On this trail you cover the upper third of the anabranch creek system and entering into NSW. 1. Start at Boarder Cliffs Customs House […]

Canoeing 4 Days Easy

Chowilla – Salt Creek 3 day Loop

Canoeing
62km return

1. Start at Border Cliffs boat ramp (Lat: 33974532 S, Long: 140.958220 E) 2. Paddle upstream to portage point at 399 River miles portage into Hypurna Creek (approx. 75 m) and then paddle down to the junction with Salt Creek. Passing the “Chute” on the LH side approx. total distance = 2.2 kms + 75m […]

Canoeing 4 Days Easy

Chowilla – Salt and Hypurna Creek Loop

Canoeing
33.5km return

1. Start at Boarder Cliffs Customs House boat-ramp (Lat: 33974532 S, Long: 140.958220 E). 2. Paddle downstream to the “Shute” (approx. 150m) a fast-flowing, narrow creek (leaving the main river on the RH side) joining Murray River and Hyperna Creek. (If the “Shute” is considered hazardous for the skills of the group the alternative is […]

Canoeing 3 Days Easy

Chowilla – Pipeclay Creek

Canoeing
7.5km return

Pipeclay Creek is a anabranch creek of the Murray River in the Chowilla Creek system. 1. Launch at Border Cliffs Customs House boatramp (or from the NPWSSA campsites just downstream from the boatramp) and paddle downstream for approx 3.5kms. 2. Find the entrance to the oxbow lake around the “Isle of Man” and follow that […]

Canoeing 3 Hours Easy
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