Fun things to do along the River Murray

If a trip to the river floats your boat, read on for some great ideas to keep the family entertained.

School holidays might have just finished, but it’s never too early to start planning for next time. The River Murray is a gold mine for great family activities.

Here are some ideas in and around the Murray to get you started:

1. Monash Adventure Park

Monash Adventure Park in the heart of the Riverland is a must see, and not just for kids. Adults can also get a kick out of the maze, flying fox and wave bridge. A kiosk plus picnic and barbecue areas means you won’t go hungry.

2. Monarto Zoo

It’s hard to go wrong at Monarto Zoo. Just an hour from Adelaide and with tours, animal experiences and behind the scenes options, you’re bound to get in touch with your wild side.

3. Camping

There’s an abundance of options along the river if you’re a camping family. Check out Loch Luna and Moorook Game Reserves, where you can peacefully canoe down the river, taking in the scenery and aquatic birdlife.

Or bring your fishing rod and stay at Katarapko Creek in Murray River National Park. Just make sure you follow the rules if you plan to throw in a line.

If it’s your first time camping, preparation is the key – especially when you’re taking the kids

4. Four-wheel driving

4WD enthusiasts should make a beeline for the famous Border Track at Ngarkat Conservation Park, just south of Pinaroo. The track follows the state border between South Australia and Victoria and is packed with spectacular landscapes.

5. Boating

If your family prefers a more laid-back outing, you can’t go past paddlesteamers and paddleboats – and yes, there’s a difference! You can discover parts of the river that you wouldn’t be able to experience on dry land.

Looking for a more extended period on the water? Houseboat holidays are perfect for that relaxed family vibe.

What’s your favourite family spot on the river? Tell us in the comments below.

(Main image courtesy of Mike Haines, South Australian Tourism Commission)

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