Sturt Reserve


Sturt Reserve

BBQ Facilities Cycling Disabled Facilities Fenced Equipment Picnic Area Shaded Equipment Shelter Sports Facilities Toilets Walking and Hiking trails
Charles Sturt Drive
Murray Bridge
Facilities Park

New Skate Park

Sturt Reserve Skate Park

Undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of Murray Bridge, Sturt Reserve is a mecca for outdoor pleasure and fun for local and international visitors alike.

This breathtaking reserve is located on the banks of the mighty Murray River, and is perfect for relaxing with a picnic, strolling along the foreshore and making the most of majestic river views and local birdlife. Barbecues and shelters are available and several commercial restaurant facilities also feature for those who enjoy more traditional dining.

For people with a bit more energy to burn there are plenty of great quality outdoor facilities to keep you entertained. A large safely fenced and sheltered playground with a great big pirate ship will keep young ones entertained for hours. Swings rockers, a spinning drum, seesaw and flying fox ensure there are plenty of activities to choose from.

For teenagers there is a Skate Park and what is affectionately known as the "Rage Cage". The skate park features a concrete structure for skateboarding and bicycles and the skate ramp is a steel constructed half pipe. The Rage Cage is a structure suitable for basketball, netball, hockey, soccer and other sports.

One of the most popular additions to the park is an outdoor gym which includes a butterfly press, easy rider, stepper, rowing machine, shoulder press and lat pull down, calf trainer, ad hip swinger and cycle seat.

The Rural City of Murray Bridge encourages a healthy lifestyle and these facilities are available to all members of the public.

Sturt Reserve is also home to the only swing specially design for people with a disability in the district. The key for this swing is available from the Visitors Information Centre and Riverscape Cafe.

No one should visit Sturt Reserve without a visit to our very own local Bunyip! Housed on the foreshore of Sturt Reserve, the Murray Bridge Bunyip has been entertaining visitors for generations and is well worth a visit. Information panels explain the historical significance of the bunyip in Murray Bridge and connection to the river.

Sturt Reserve also plays host to a range of water sports and activities including swimming, rowing, boating and fishing.

This reserve is also houseboat friendly and mooring sites are available.

Regular annual events at Sturt Reserve include the Ski Racing SA State Titles, Sufferfest Triathlon, Murray Bridge Christmas Pageant & Fireworks Spectacular and the International Pedal Prix.

Permitted Activities

Below is a list of permitted activities that may typically be undertaken on the land in accordance with Council's Community Land Management Plan (but not limited to).

Council sponsored major events.
Organised or formal playing of games and sporting activities.
The playing of musical instruments, or singing for fee or reward.
A public performance (that is theatrical, musical or other entertainment for the enjoyment of the public).
Engaging in a trade or business.
Transporting of materials and equipment required in relation to building or landscaping works.
Delivering a public address.
Commercial photographic sessions.
Privately organised celebrations/events - such as weddings, festivals/functions and river events.
Access equipment for special circumstances.
Fireworks displays.
Landing of helicopter/parachute/balloon.
Shack holders (for existing shack holders only, with no new shacks allowed).
Launching of boats (Farmers Union boat ramp only).
Public mooring (free up to 48 hours, fees apply thereafter).
Commercial mooring (as leased/licensed under the Local Government Act).


To hire Sturt Reserve please complete an Event Application Form and submit a hard copy to the Local Government Centre in person or mail to PO Box 421, MURRAY BRIDGE 5253.
Forms can also be submitted electronically to the email address below.

Please read the following attachments prior to completing the application form, however please note that they refer mostly to large events and will not necessarily apply to all event types.

Information on Events in the Rural City of Murray Bridge - Attachment B

Event on a Road or Community Land terms and conditions - Attachment C

Events and Environmental Health - Attachment D

Refer to Council's Schedule of Fees & Charges for relevant costs. Applicants will be invoiced upon approval.

Standing Agreements

Tennis courts on the reserve are leased by the Lawn Tennis Association.

The Riverscape Restaurant has a lease on the land the building is on plus one metre surrounding the building.

The Community Club leases some Council land for the purpose of outdoor dining.


Events Coordinator

08 8539 1100




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