The Bunyip


Photograph Murray Bridge Bunyip Panorama

NOTICE is hereby given that the Murray Bridge Bunyip will be out of order for vital maintenance until after February 2018. 

Council has approved funding to enable urgent repairs to the Bunyip at Sturt Reserve so it can again fulfil its role in attracting and entertaining visitors to Murray Bridge. 

Enquiries should be directed to:

Mr Malcolm Downie
Manager - City Assets
08 8539 1145


A Murray Bridge Icon

The Murray Bridge Bunyip was built by Dennis Newell and launched in 1972.

For 20 cents the bunyip emerged from below the water a gave a very loud roar - twice. This roar could be heard up to one kilometre away. The ugly looking monster did frighten many small children.

His name was Bert the Bunyip.

The Bunyip was given a baby about 10 years after the launch... Bert then became Bertha.

The sound box has had many problems during its time... at one stage vandals somehow worked out how to jam it so it would continue to roar - often through all hours of the night.

Then the Bunyip and baby were also vandalised and part was broken off.

A quieter, more friendly looking bunyip was built and his cave was revamped in 2000.

The price rose to $1 for three appearances.

The bunyip recieves in excess of 20,000 visitors per year.

The Murray Bridge Bunyip can be found lurking in his cave today on the banks of the Murray River at Sturt Reserve Murray Bridge.

The Bunyip           

The Bunyip

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