About 14km west of Murray Bridge, this excellent open-range zoo is home to Australian and African beasts including cheetahs, meerkats, rhino, zebras and giraffe (and the photogenic offspring thereof). A hop-on/hop-off bus tour is included in the price; keeper talks happen throughout the day. There's a cafe here too, if you forget your sandwiches/thermos.

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1. Murray Bridge Regional Gallery

7.26 MILES

This is the town's cultural epicentre, a great little space housing touring and local exhibitions: paintings, ceramics, gorgeous glassware, jewellery and…

2. Bunyip

7.76 MILES

Down on the riverbank, lurking in a gloomy cave, Mulyawonk the bunyip has been terrifying small children since 1972. Press the button and see him emerge –…

3. Mannum Waterfalls

13.74 MILES

About 9km out of Mannum on the way to Murray Bridge, these cascades surge impressively over granite boulders after it's been raining (not much action in…

4. Winehouse

13.77 MILES

For a solid Langhorne Creek wine overview, try the Winehouse, a collective cellar door for five wineries.

5. Bremerton Wines

14.08 MILES

Run by two savvy sisters, Bremerton is an innovative operator in an old-school region. Top chardonnay and shiraz.

6. Bleasdale Winery

14.23 MILES

The district's first winery has a wide range of wines, historic cellars and an old red-gum lever press (don't get your fingers stuck).

7. Laratinga Wetlands

15.05 MILES

Laratinga is the Peramangk name for Mt Barker Creek, now corralled into a thriving man-made wetlands (constructed in 1999) that's become a real haven for…

8. Mannum Dock Museum of River History

17.13 MILES

Inside the Mannum Visitor Information Centre, this museum features info on local Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal communities, an 1876 dry dock (possibly the only…