Visiting the river

The beautiful River Murray offers spectacular scenery, world class food and wine and wetlands recognised internationally for their rare birds and wildlife.

The river is currently experiencing high flows due to the recent weather events. This makes it an ideal time to visit the river and enjoy the flourishing environment. There are a host of activities on offer, and the tree and plant life are booming.

While it’s a great time to visit the river, it is important to be extra careful in light of the extra water.

Be cautious on the river, but don’t be put off – 21 October 2016

Find out more about river safety

Enjoy the serenity cruising on a houseboat or camping with friends in a national park. For those who are a little more adventurous, there are a range of activities to enjoy including kayaking, water skiing and 4x4 driving.

Important Aboriginal heritage sites can also be seen along the length of the river, including canoe trees, middens, burial sites and other sacred places. Please be respectful and do not disturb these culturally significant sites. 

For more information about where to go, what to do and where to stay, visit:

There are a range of national parks, conservation parks and game reserves surrounding the River Murray, offering activities such as hiking, birdwatching, canoeing and camping along the river. These include:

  • River Murray National Park, an ideal place for bird watching with the Katarapko area an important breeding site for native wildlife, including waterbirds
  • Chowilla Game Reserve and Regional Reserve, with walking trails that wind through majestic river red gum and hardy black box and canoe trails to explore the winding waterways
  • Coorong National Park, a wetland of international significance and enormous cultural importance to the Ngarrindjeri people, with scenic campgrounds located on both sides of the lagoon - please note, campsites must be booked online before arrival.

Many national parks have recently been partially or fully closed as a result of the high flows taking place in South Australia. Please check the national parks website for up to date closure information.

Information about parks passes is available on the national parks website

One of the most relaxing ways to explore the river is cruising with friends and family on a houseboat holiday. The Houseboat Hirers’ Association has information about departure points and a range of boats.


To find out about what’s on and local events, visit:

Councils across the region also have information about places to visit and events in their local areas:

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