Welcome to Murray River


Prior to European colonisation, the Murray was home to Meru communities. Then came shallow-draught paddle-steamers, carrying wool, wheat and supplies from Murray Bridge as far as central Queensland along the Darling River. With the advent of railways, river transport declined. These days, waterskiers, jet skis and houseboats crowd the river, especially during summer. If your concept of riverine serenity doesn't include the roar of V8 inboards, then sidestep the major towns and caravan parks during holidays and weekends.


Top experiences in Murray River

Murray River activities

$114.77 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Murray River Riverboat Tour Including Lunch from Adelaide

After pickup from centrally located Adelaide hotels, head by coach to the town of Mannum, about a 1.5-hour drive through the rolling Adelaide Hills and the Mallee outback.Mannum is a historical town on the river, where European settlement dates back to the 1840s and the first paddle steamer on the Murray River was launched in 1852. When you arrive, board the riverboat for your 2-hour cruise. You’ll see just a small portion of Australia’s longest river but some of its best scenery, including stark cliffs, willow trees and the Red River Gums. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like galahs, cockatoos and pelicans, and enjoy morning tea and lunch served on board.Afterward, enjoy free time to explore Mannum on your own, and visit a lookout point to admire the view over the city and river. Then hop back on the coach for the return drive to Adelaide, stopping in the town of Woodside to visit Melba's Chocolate Factory in Woodside, home to some of the world's most delicious confectionery. Enjoy a snack or drink, if you wish, at the cafe (own expense) before continuing the drive to Adelaide, passing through the Chain of Ponds to Tea Tree Gully.Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in Adelaide.

$83.13 Day Trips & Excursions

Victor Harbor with McLaren Vale Wine Region Tour from Adelaide

After hotel pickup in Adelaide, leave the city behind and travel by coach through the Mt Lofty Ranges, dotted with small villages and great views. Arrive in the historic town of Strathalbyn after about an hour’s drive. You have free time to explore this quaint town on the Angas River — perhaps sit down for morning tea at one of the local cafes (own expense). Back on the coach, head to Goolwa, an old paddle-steamer town near the mouth of the Murray River, and then pass by Port Elliot on Horsehoe Bay on your way to Victor Harbor. Total driving time from Strathalbyn to Victor Harbor is about one hour. In Victor Harbor, you have approximately two hours of free time to explore the town on your own. Maybe take the horse-drawn tram across the causeway to Granite Island, or visit a local restaurant for lunch (all food, drinks and activities are at your own expense). Back on your coach, start the 45-minute drive north to the town of McLaren Vale in the popular Australian wine region of the same name. Stop for 30 minutes in town, where you can visit a cellar door (tasting room) for a wine tasting, if you wish, or check out local attractions like Medlows Confectionary or the Almond Train (own expense). Finish your day trip with the 1-hour drive from McLaren Vale back to Adelaide, passing through the picturesque coastal towns of Christies Beach, Port Noarlunga and Moana.Upgrade Cruise Option During your time in Victor Habor you can choose to include a 45-minute scenic cruise to Seal Island passing through the Horse Tram route and historic Screwplie Jetty. Watch out for New Zealand Fur Seals and Australian Sea Lions at play, basking under the sun or even up close as they swim towards the boat. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as Bottlenose Dolphins, Cormorants and Petrels. We then cruise back to the Granite Island Causeway landing.To include the cruise, please select the 'Tour and Cruise' option at time of booking.

$47.75 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Murray River Paddle Wheeler Lunch Cruise from Murray Bridge

Explore the vast and natural beauty that is our River Murray by traditional paddle wheeler. The boat is fully decked out with a period styled dining area and bar. Enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch as you cruise slowly past the majestic scenery of the Murray River and see the wildlife of the Murray in all its untamed natural beauty. You'll cruise past towering cliffs of rock and sandstone, and other wonderful scenery as you take in the fresh air on the deck outside the dining room. Along the way, you'll learn of the wonderful history of the area as you relax in comfort. This is a unique experience that will be both fun and memorable.

$115.51 Day Trips & Excursions

Murray River Day Trip from Adelaide Including Lunch Cruise

The Murray River Highlights tour departs Adelaide and travels to the mighty Murray River. On your arrival, board the Proud Mary and relax as you cruise the historic river enjoying the wildlife and surrounding scenery. Enjoy lunch on board the Proud Mary as you continue your journey along the river and gain insight into the river system and unique landscapes of the region. Upon disembarking, enjoy a tour along the river bank of the Murray River taking in spectacular views and stopping regularly for great photo opportunities, including the Mannum Lookout. Travel back to Adelaide via the delightful Adelaide Hills, stopping at Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Woodside Cheese Wrights at Woodside with an opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense).

$971.13 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

4-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle Wheeler

Hop on board your authentic paddle wheeler that was specially built for travel on the Murray River, Australia's most significant inland waterway. Attentive staff, well-equipped cabins and excellent meals provide a comfortable journey on this small-ship cruise in the Australian outback, with a maximum of 120 people. Occasions such as a festive outback barbecue and a semi-formal dinner and dance give the guests, captain and crew a chance to mingle and swap stories of life on the river.

$709.95 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle Wheeler

Experience classic river transportation on an authentic paddle wheeler built for the Murray River, Australia's most important inland waterway and the world's third longest navigable river. Well-equipped cabins, excellent meals and attentive staff ensure that you’re comfortable throughout your journey. (See Pricing for accommodation details.) The cruise focuses on nature and wildlife with informative special presentations, shoreline tours and nature hikes. Special dinners and live entertainment allow time to mingle and meet the captain and crew, who share stories about life on the Murray River.