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Sturt Reserve

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, downstream from the first bridge to span the major waterway.

This wide open riverside playground is the perfect place to soak up the gorgeous Mediterranean climate - and a tip from the locals: it’s always a few degrees cooler by the river so if you’re looking to cool down pop your shoes off, dangle your toes in the water and relax.

Sturt Reserve is the venue for the Murray River Splash Festival held each year throughout the month of January.

Families can play on the foreshore, tackle the giant inflatable Slip ‘N’ Dip obstacle course on the water, and enjoy picnics together on the lush green lawns or take pleasure in preparation free feasting from the food trucks.

Sturt Reserve features a children’s playground, skate park, lawn tennis courts, community club, dining, jetties and is a haven for local wildlife.

Popular water sports including swimming, rowing, boating, water skiing, wakeboarding and fishing. The reserve is houseboat friendly and mooring sites are available.

Visit the iconic Murray Bridge Bunyip if you dare! She can be found lurking in her cave on the banks of the Murray River at Sturt Reserve, where she has been scaring the daylights out of children since 1972.

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