Murray River Attractions

The Murray River is around 130 million years old. It's South Australia's best water playground and is perfect for a houseboat holiday.

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1. Monarto Open Range Zoo
Just an hour's drive from Adelaide, Monarto is home to the largest open range zoo in Australia. Across more than 1,500 hectares, see giraffes, rhinos and chimpanzees (just to name a few). The animals can be viewed from either the walking trails or regular shuttle bus. zoossa.com.au

2. Houseboats
Imagine cruising down the Murray River while enjoying views only visible from the water. Pull into shore before the sun sets and perhaps cook a gourmet barbecue on the riverbank. Houseboats are one of the most popular ways to explore the river. They are available from various towns along the river and can cater for two to 12 people with some luxuriously appointed with king-size beds and spa baths. southaustralia.com

3. River cruise
Cruises range in length from one hour to a seven night break down the river. Overnight cruises stop regularly at points along the river for on-shore guided walks to secluded lagoons, national parks or indigenous sites. Day tours from Adelaide to the Murray River for cruising are also availables southaustralia.com

4. Mannum riverfront
The PS Marion, a historic paddle steamer, is moored at the riverbank while the nearby Mannum Dock Museum gives an insight into the days when paddle steamers and traders passed by along the river. In fine weather visitors can hire canoes or enjoy a picnic in the riverside reserve. southaustralia.com

5. Wineries
Like all regions in South Australia, there are some great wines to be tasted at the Murray River cellar doors. Angove Family Winemakers, based in Renmark, is one of the largest family owned wine making companies and also produces brandy for something different. southaustralia.com

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