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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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Heysen Trail – Full Trail

Walking
1200km

The Heysen Trail is one of the world’s great walking trails and the longest dedicated walking trail in Australia.The 1,200 km trail starts at Cape Jervis and winds along the beaches and sea cliffs of the south coast before passing over rolling hills and rural landscapes of the Fleurieu Peninsula and Mt Lofty Ranges. Beyond […]

Walking 60 Days

Mawson Trail – Full Trail

Cycling  |  Walking
900km

Starting just north of Adelaide and travelling to the Outback town of Blinman in the Flinders Ranges, the Mawson Trail is the ideal option for mountain bikers wanting to travel through South Australia’ s remote rural areas. Close to nine hundred kilometres long, the trail includes little-used country roads, State forest and national park fire […]

Cycling 2.32 Weeks
Walking 3.62 Weeks

River Torrens Linear Park Trail

Walking  |  Cycling
30km

This shared use trail follows 30km of river from Athelstone, following the River Torrens, through to Adelaide CBD, and then to the river mouth at West Beach/Henley Beach. Lined with River Red Gums and reed  beds, the trail is an oasis in the city and suburbs. With numerous playgrounds, picnic spots, duck-feeding spots and toilets […]

Walking 5 Hours
Cycling 3 Hours

Kersbrook Horse Trail

Horse Riding  |  Cycling  |  Walking
29.89km

The Kersbrook Horse Trail is a shared use trail in and around the town of Kersbrook and nearby Forestry SA land. Download map brochure here: Kersbrook Horse PDF The Kersbrook Horse Trail is South Australia’s only continuously looped, officially mapped horse trail. NOTES:  There is one section of the trail that is of higher risk […]

Horse Riding 6.85 Hours
Cycling 4.38 Hours
Walking 6.85 Hours Intermediate

Adelaide’s Underwater Heritage Trail

Scuba Diving
115km

Includes four shipwrecks – the Grecian, Zanoni, Star of Greece and Norma. The shipwrecks are located from Ardrossan, on Yorke Peninsula to Port Willunga on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Underwater plaques are adjacent to each vessel. Divers planning to visit the Zanoni require a permit from Heritage SA as it is situated within a protected zone. […]

Scuba Diving 1 Day Intermediate
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