Murray River, Lakes and Coorong Attractions

130 million years

When you’re 130 million years old, you’ve had plenty of time to create some amazing things to see.

PS Marion, Mannum, South Australia

History is a very important part of the Murray River but it’s not the only reason to come here. There are native animals, arts and crafts, great food and wine. You'll find something you like and won’t have to move too far from the water.

Early settler history

There are museums dedicated to European settlement. The three beautiful paddle steamers in Mannum, Wentworth and Renmark all date back to the turn of the twentieth century. All three still offer short cruises throughout the year.

Back on dry land, Old Tailem Town Pioneer Village is one of Australia's largest pioneer villages. Twelve streets of memories and more than 90 buildings will take you back “to the old days” and promise an authentic, historic, experience. 

Living heritage

Two different Aboriginal groups live along the Murray River and today you can still find "canoe trees" that were used to make eucalypt bark fishing boats. Visit Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal site to find out more. 

Parks and sanctuaries

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

Conservation and sheep grazing blend seamlessly at nearby Saunders Gorge Sanctuary. The amazing Monarto Zoo is a must-see. Take a shuttle bus tour to visit the lions, cheetahs, chimpanzees, giraffes and more.

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.  

Eat, drink and be Murray

Back on dry land, Old Tailem Town Pioneer Village is one of Australia's largest pioneer villages. Twelve streets of memories and more than 90 buildings will take you back “to the old days” and promise an authentic, historic, day out. 

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