The Murray River

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The Murray River

The Murray River is around 130 million years old.

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.

The Murray River, pack your swimming gear for some serious fun, adventure or relaxation

Have fun without getting your feet wet and cast a line in the Murray River. The river is perfect for fishing, no matter how experienced you are. Grab some bait and local advice from the nearest riverside town and you're set. Callop (yellow belly) is an easy haul. During the warmer months, there are plenty of yabbies in the muddy shallows.

There are protected species too, so if you catch one like Catfish or Murray Cod, put it in back in the water. Others (carp) are pests, so make sure you dispose of them appropriately. Bag, boat and size limits also apply in South Australia. Make sure you find out the latest when you pick up your bait.

Change pace and glide with the currents in a canoe or kayak.  Most riverside towns have boat ramps and other facilities, to make sure your time on the water is unforgettable.

The bird life is enchanting. There are more than 300 species of waterbirds and thousands of migratory birds that live around the Murray River.

The Murray River is also home to some fabulous wildlife parks and sanctuaries.

Monarto Zoo is a must-see. This huge, open range zoo features a diverse range of animals. Visit lions, giraffes, zebra and cheetahs. Jump on the Zu-Loop Shuttle bus to get up close to the rare white rhinoceros.

Go on a cruise past Big Bend – the tallest cliffs along the Murray River.

No holiday to the Murray River is complete without visiting the legendary Murray Bridge Bunyip. For a small donation, he’ll even leave his cave and roar at you!

The Murray River is magic for family holidays. A houseboat is the perfect way to experience the mighty Murray River. Spend time with family and friends or just escape from life in the fast lane with the ultimate low speed holiday.

Cook a barbecue as you cruise past a uniquely Australian vista of limestone and ochre coloured cliffs, majestic river red gums and abundant birdlife.

Go on a cruise past Big Bend – the tallest cliffs along the Murray River. Look out for native wildlife along the river, as you pass Big Bend at night.

For more information about the Murray River, there are eight Visitor Information Centres around the region from Murray Bridge. You’ll recognise them by the bright blue sign with the yellow “i”.

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