Murray Bridge

Murray River, John Baker / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 14048

Murray Bridge, just as its name suggests, is all about bridges. The town was established in 1879 when a road bridge was built over the Murray River. The plan to make the river a major trade route from east to west and back had become a reality. In 1886 the construction of a railway line between Adelaide and Melbourne cemented the town's importance. Now watersports, river cruises and a relaxed river atmosphere make Murray Bridge South Australia's largest river town, a perfect holiday spot.

Visitor Information

3 South Tce; (08) 8539 1142 or 1800 442 784

www.murraybridge.sa.gov.au

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In Town

Captain's Cottage Museum: local history museum; open 10am–4pm Sat–Sun; Thomas St.

Dundee's Wildlife Park: crocodiles, koalas and a bird sanctuary; Jervois Rd.

Murray Bridge Regional Gallery: regular art exhibitions from local artists; closed Sat; Sixth St.

Heritage and Cultural Community Mural: depicts significant aspects of Murray Bridge; Third St.

Sturt Reserve: offers fishing, swimming, picnic and playground facilities, as well as the mythical Aboriginal creature, the Bunyip (coin-operated); Murray Cod Dr.

Long Island Marina: houseboat hire and recreational facilities; Roper Rd.

Thiele Reserve: popular for waterskiing; east of the river.

Avoca Dell: a popular picnic spot with boating, waterskiing, minigolf and caravan facilities.

Swanport Wetlands: recreational reserve with raised walkways and bird hides; adjacent to Swanport Bridge.

Charter and regular cruises: on the Murray River; contact visitor centre.

Town and riverside walks: brochure from visitor centre.

Nearby

Monarto Zoological Park This open-range 1000 ha zoo features Australian, African and Asian animals. It also runs a breeding program for rare and endangered species. Jump on a safari bus tour to see the animals up close. On the way you might encounter the huge giraffe herd or some cheetahs, zebras or rhinoceroses. Tours depart hourly 10.30am–3.30pm. There are also walking tracks through native bushland and mallee country. Princes Hwy; (08) 8534 4100; 10 km W.

Sunnyside Reserve Lookout: views across the wetlands and Murray River; 10 km E.

Willow Point Winery: cellar-door tastings and sales of famous ports, sherries and muscats; closed Sun; Jervois Rd; 10 km S.

Ferries–McDonald and Monarto conservation parks: walking trails through important mallee conservation areas, prolific birdlife, and blossom in spring; 16 km W.

Tailem Bend: a historic railway town with views across the Murray River. A children's playground features an old steam locomotive, and over 90 historic buildings are displayed at the Old Tailem Town Pioneer Village; 25 km SE.

Wellington: situated where Lake Alexandrina meets the Murray River. A museum is in the restored courthouse. Wellington and nearby Jervois have free 24 hr vehicle ferries; 32 km S.

Karoonda: the heart of the Mallee, Karoonda is well known for the 1930 meteorite fall nearby (monument at RSL Park). Natural attractions include the limestone caves of Bakara Plains and walking trails in Pioneer Historical Park; 66 km E.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching around the Fleurieu Peninsula 62 km

Abutting the Coorong, and with wetlands, beaches and a wide variety of terrain, the Fleurieu Peninsula is a top spot for birdwatching. There is a hide off Barrage Road at Goolwa, and the Goolwa Effluent Ponds can have... Find out more


Adelaide Zoo 65 km

With its catchphrase ‘We exist to save animals from extinction’, this is another of Australia’s excellent zoos. Visit the Giant Panda enclosure to see the Wang Wang and Funi. The sea-lion display... Find out more


Aboriginal gallery, Adelaide 65 km

The Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum holds the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the world. Some 3000 are on display at any one time.... Find out more


Morialta Conservation Park 65 km

One of the most stunning parks in the region and located only 10 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, this has waterfalls and deep gorges, woodlands, koalas, echidnas and southern brown bandicoots. The pick of the walks is... Find out more


Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Locavore 52 km

The Locavore (‘local eater’) at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills sticks to the ‘100-mile’ philosophy of sourcing food, which in its case includes the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the... Find out more


The Organic Market and Cafe 52 km

This bustling cafe and organic produce outlet in Stirling was the national winner of the best organic retailer award. Something of an institution in the area, it has delicious antipasto platters and great coffee. About... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Adelaide Hills Craft Brewing 43 km

Located in the former Onkaparinga woollen mill complex at Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills, this brewery/bar is run by Alistair Turnbull and Phil Jones. The pair turned their backs on careers in banking to study brewing in... Find out more


The Steam Exchange Company 62 km

South Australia seems to have more than its fair share of craft breweries in significant historical locations, and The Steam Exchange Brewery is no exception. It’s housed in a heritage-listed former railway goods... Find out more


South Australian Brewing Company 68 km

Established in 1888, the South Australian Brewing Company became the state’s dominant beer-maker by steadily acquiring competitors like the Kent Town Brewery, West End Brewery and the Walkerville Co-operative... Find out more


Coopers Brewery 70 km

More than any other Australian brewery, Coopers has grown significant market share over the past two decades on the back of increased demand for alternative beer styles. It was established in 1862 by Yorkshireman Thomas... Find out more


Brewboys 70 km

One of the country’s newest craft beermaking enterprises, Brewboys is a partnership between Stephen Nelsen and Simon Sellick, who also operate the contract brewing company Fresh Cellars. At present they utilise a... Find out more


Campsites around town

Bolto Reserve camping area 22 km

On Khartoum Rd, this camping area is south of the ferry on the east side of the river, in the Morgan-to-Mannum stretch of the Murray River. Pay fees to the council.... Find out more


Haythorpe Reserve camping area 24 km

This reserve is in Mannum, on the eastern side of the river on Bowhill Rd, north of the ferry. The site has a boat ramp.... Find out more


Lowan camping area (bush camping) 41 km

Offering self-sufficient bush camping, with no facilities, this camping area is reached from the park entrance on the northern boundary on Bow Hill–Karoonda Rd, 13 km south-east of Bow Hill. There’s plenty of... Find out more


Caurnamont Riverside Reserve camping area 42 km

Just across the water from Purnong, Caurnamont is a small cluster of riverside shacks on the Morgan-to-Mannum stretch of the Murray River. The reserve is in the village, beside the ferry.... Find out more


Purnong Riverside Reserve camping area 43 km

In Purnong village beside the ferry on Purnong Rd, this camping area is on the Morgan-to-Mannum stretch of the Murray River. This is a large grassy clearing next to the ferry landing, shaded by mature river red gums.... Find out more


Cromer Shed camping area 48 km

This recent addition to the forest’s list of campsites features a large shelter shed among eucalypt woodland on the south-eastern edge of the forest. It’s off Cricks Mill Rd, 7 km west of Mt Pleasant.... Find out more


Hettner Landing camping area 48 km

On the northern side of Walker Flat village on Walker Flat Rd, this camping area is on the Morgan-to-Mannum stretch of the Murray River.... Find out more


Walker Flat Boat Ramp Reserve camping area 48 km

On the southern side of Walker Flat village, 31 km north of Mannum, this campsite is on the Morgan-to-Mannum stretch of the Murray River, with great natural cliff views.... Find out more


Rocky Creek Hut camping area 49 km

On the Heysen Trail, this camping area next to a cottage is on Razor Back Rd, 7 km north-west of Meadows. The stone cottage has a wood heater, sink, rainwater tank and sleeping platforms for 8. There is a short walk from... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Murray Bridge Resort Caravan Park and Marina 3 km

This park is in a great location, away from busy roads and a marina on the shores of the Murray River. The spacious park has good amenities and is pet friendly. It's about 3 km from the town centre. Bookings are... Find out more


Westbrook Park River Resort 16 km

This owner-operated park has grassy sites nestled by the banks of the Murray River, just 6 km north-west of town. Within easy driving distance of Adelaide, it is good for an overnight stop or suitable for a longer stay,... Find out more


Milang Lakeside Caravan Park 42 km

This neat and shady park on the western shores of Lake Alexandrina is the ideal getaway destination for those wanting to have a few quiet days in a waterside location. Bookings are required during Christmas and Easter... Find out more


Goolwa Caravan Park 58 km

Located 4 km from the town centre, in a quiet waterside area, this is a big park with large numbers of both annual sites and powered tourist sites, as well as an enormous number of unpowered sites. Reservations must be... Find out more


Brown Hill Creek Tourist Park 61 km

This picturesque owner-operated park is set in the Adelaide foothills, 7 km south-east of the city. Its 120-acre bushland setting offers lots of shade and facilities include a tennis court. A minimum-stay period applies... Find out more


Lake Albert Caravan Park 63 km

Located on the shores of the freshwater Lake Albert, about 1 km from the town centre, this is a budget-priced park with a great expanse of lawn and shady trees. It is a well laid out and well-managed park, with good... Find out more


Levi Park Caravan Park 64 km

Levi Park is just 5 km from the city and a very good base for exploring central Adelaide. It has shady caravan sites and pleasant grassy tent sites, all located in a magnificent historic garden. The River Torrens flows... Find out more


Mount Compass Caravan Park 66 km

As neat as a pin, this newer caravan park in a rural setting has reached a high standard in its early years. It is a great inland base for exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Marion Holiday Park 66 km

This tourist park in the southern suburbs is close to the enormous Marion shopping centre. It has very good amenities, shaded areas and good facilities including a recreation room and a tennis court. It makes a good base... Find out more


McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park 67 km

This is a spacious, quality park amid the vineyards of the McLaren Vale region. If you want to experience the great wines from the multitude of cellar-door outlets, you will find the park the best base on this part of... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Balcony On Sixth Lodge

Located in the heart of the town’s shopping precinct, this first-floor accommodation complex has something for everyone. The basic rooms have two single beds with shared bathroom facilities, while the... Find out more


Childsdale The Udder Place

This former dairy has been transformed Cinderella-like into an appealing two-bedroom escape. With complete kitchen and bathroom facilities – including a lavish claw-foot bath – you have everything on hand to... Find out more


Oz Houseboats

With more than 20 different craft on their books, this operator has a houseboat for every occasion. Options include compact, easy-to-manoeuvre boats suitable for couples, through to luxurious 12-berth vessels big enough... Find out more


Rainforest Retreat

Surrounded by lush gardens and tall shady trees, this self-contained refuge is a garden-lover’s fantasy. The accommodation includes a queen-sized bedroom, ensuite bathroom with spa and a fully kitted-out kitchen in... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Clarion Hotel Soho 64 km

Completed at the end of 2008, this five-star boutique hotel was designed with many hidden environmental features, such as water-recycling systems, sustainable building materials and airflow and passive cooling to reduce... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Jackmans Lookout rest area 5 km

0.5km E of Swanport Bridge (L) or 19km W of Tailem Bend (R)

At the lookout overlooking the river.


Monteith rest area 7 km

4km E of Swanport Bridge (L) or 15km NW of Tailem Bend (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Tailem Bend South rest area 25 km

6km S of Tailem Bend (R) or 46km N of Meningie (L)

Just off the highway among trees.


Sherlock rest area 53 km

At Sherlock

Adjacent to the highway under a couple of trees. Opposite the general store.


Coomandook park area 55 km

At Coomandook

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.


Meningie park area 63 km

At Meningie

Adjacent to the highway and on the shores of a lake.


Peake rest area 67 km

At Peake

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.


What's on around town

AutoFest: Australia Day weekend Jan.

International Pedal Prix: novelty bikes and endurance event; Sept.

Show: Sept.

Waterski Race: over 110 km; Nov.

Christmas Pageant and Fireworks: Nov.

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