A diverse region
Just an hour’s drive from Adelaide is the majestic Murray River. Fast becoming a favourite holiday experience for Kiwi travellers, the Murray River is the perfect place to relax and unwind with friends and family.
The best way to truly enjoy the Murray River is from the water itself. Escorted cruises range from two to seven nights and allow you to soak up the breathtaking river scenery and unique wildlife with the help of onboard experts.
Alternatively, if you feel like creating your own adventure, get a group of friends together and captain your very own luxury houseboat with Unforgettable Houseboats.
Begin your Murray River adventure in one of our “two river regions”. From Murray Bridge, the “Murraylands” reaches north towards the Barossa and past Pinnaroo. The “Riverland” begins west of Blanchetown and extends past Renmark.
The Murray River
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. European settlers arrived in the nineteenth century and used the river for transportation and irrigation.
Navigating the Murray River wouldn’t be possible without the series of locks and weirs dating back to the 1920s and 1930s. Fourteen locks are still in use today. We’ve also got eleven ferry crossings running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They’re free to use.
Cruise the river
More than 100 years ago, paddle wheelers cruised the length of the Murray River transporting supplies to and from the river towns. You can replicate their journey on the historic PS Murray Princess paddle-wheeler.
Captain Cook Cruises offer a unique historic and nature-based adventure past mallee scrub and ancient red gum forests, through towering gorges and sheer limestone cliffs. On their three, four and seven-night cruises you'll visit historic ports and lush vineyards as the captain navigates the Murray's locks and big river bends.
The Proud Mary departs all year round and offers highly regarded two and five-night nature cruises with a maximum of 40 passengers on board. If time is short, their twice weekly lunch cruise provides a taste of life cruising this magnificent River.
If you've ever dreamt of captaining your own houseboat, steering it down a mighty river with your friends and family along for the ride, then a houseboat holiday is the perfect option.
Unforgettable Houseboats are a very popular option for Kiwis. With 11 boats in their fleet (ranging from 2 to 12 berths), there is a boat to suit everyone's tastes and holiday requirements.
Whether cooking a meal on the barbecue or in the gourmet kitchen (complete with dishwasher, freezer and microwave) relaxing in the jacuzzi, or watching the stars from the top deck, these "floating baches" exceed all expectations.
At the end of your day on the river, there's nothing better than sharing a glass of South Australian wine with your family and friends as you watch the pelicans gliding by a backdrop of majestic limestone cliffs, lit by the setting sun.
The Murray River is dotted with historic towns. When you need a break from houseboating, fishing, canoeing, swimming or water skiing, step ashore to enjoy some great country hospitality.
Sleep under the stars
Get close to nature and stay in the caravan parks at Mannum, Long Island, Berri and Renmark. Grab some good shoes, a swag and enjoy a trip "out bush". Sleep under the stars in one of the region's stunning conservation parks.
The bird life is enchanting. There are more than 300 species of waterbirds and thousands of migratory birds that live around the Murray River.
For more information about the Murray River, visit one of the eight Visitor Information Centres around the region from Murray Bridge to Renmark. You’ll recognise them by the bright blue sign with the yellow “i”.
The Murray River, pack your swimming gear for some serious fun, adventure and relaxation.
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Things to do
Here are some great ideas for you to try while you're in the area.
There are plenty of events on the Murray River. Here are some ideas you might like.