Murray Bridge is located 79km southeast of Adelaide
on the banks of the Murray River, Australia’s longest river spanning over 2500km in length, flowing along the New South Wales-Victorian border and south into South Australia. This is the place where the first road bridge was built across the mighty river back in 1879, the Adelaide-Melbourne railway line crossed it in 1886 and a new railway bridge constructed in 1924 gave the town its name.
The Murray River is a playground for watersports, fishing and sightseeing. River activities include water skiing, canoeing and rowing. You’ll find plenty of action on the waterfront at the Sturt Reserve where there’s a riverside barbeque and picnic area, playground, boat ramp and café/restaurants.
Cruise the Murray River on one of the charming old paddlesteamers or more modern cruise boats. There are many different cruises operating on the river throughout the day, into the night and extended periods. There’s bound to be one to suit.
Alternatively, hire your own houseboat and explore the waterway at your leisure. Murraylands Houseboats at the Riverglen Marina have a variety of boats from small and simple to large and luxurious, some with jacuzzis too!
Murray Bridge is a large rural town with plenty of shops, services and accommodation options. It is one of the last of many towns situated on Australia’s longest river, as just 40km away it flows into Lake Alexandrina and The Coorong before emptying into the Southern Ocean at the Murray Mouth.
Just out of town on the Princes Highway is another attraction, the Monarto Zoo. This open-range zoo and wildlife sanctuary on 1000 hectares of grasslands and woodlands features a variety of animals from African and Asian habitats, including rhinos, giraffes, lions, hyenas, zebras, cheetahs and antelopes. The fascinating zoo experience can be enjoyed along walking trails or on the Zu-Loop Shuttle buses which run regularly and make many stops on route around the park. The zoo is open daily between 9.30am and 5pm (no entry after 3pm) and entry fees of $31.50 per adult and $18 per child apply.
Experience the majestic Murray River in this tranquil South Australian location. No crowds, no fuss, no worries.
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