Five unique experiences in the mid Murray region

There’s never been a better time to visit South Australia's river regions, and so we've listed five of the best things to do while you're there.

This article is a paid partnership with South Australian Tourism Commission.

The mid Murray region of South Australia offers a diverse range of experiences for travellers seeking something beyond the usual tourist fare. Here are five unique activities that highlight the area’s natural beauty, history, and charm.

1. Stargazing in Australia’s first International Dark Sky Reserve

Nestled in the mid Murray region is the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve, the first of its kind in Australia. This designation is a testament to the region’s exceptional night sky quality, largely free from light pollution. Stargazing here is nothing short of magical. On a clear night, you can see the Milky Way in all its glory, along with countless stars and celestial phenomena that are rarely visible in more urban settings. Join a Juggle House Experiences guided tour, such as River Murray International Dark Sky Star Party, River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve Gold Stars Sunset Dinner or Astronomy Session River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve, and experience a profound connection to the cosmos.

Juggle House Experiences

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2. Explore the unique landscape of the river

The Murray River is the lifeblood of the region, and there’s no better way to explore it than aboard Rivergum Cruises. Get up close and personal with nature and see the unique bird life, native flora and local fauna while cruising past 100 foot majestic limestone cliffs and glorious native gum and mallee trees on the picturesque banks of the River Murray.

WINTER DEAL: $10 off the popular Yarra Cliffs Cruise

Rug up and join Rivergum Cruises on their Yarra Cliffs Cruise this winter. A superb cruise upstream seeing the 200-year-old canoe tree, ski beach, majestic limestone cliffs and wildlife. Then cruise back downstream to the Waikerie riverfront while marvelling at the breathtaking landscape.

Rivergum Cruises

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3. Discover Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park

For those interested in Aboriginal history and culture, a visit to Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park is essential. This site is one of the most significant archaeological and anthropological places in Australia. Guided tours by the Nganguraku people offer insights into their rich heritage, including ancient rock art and ceremonial sites. The park’s boardwalks and trails provide access to these historical treasures while protecting the delicate environment.

Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park

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4. Take a cruise on a 100 year old Paddlesteamer

Step back into the golden age of steam travel on the Murray River aboard the PS Marion. Built in 1897, this iconic paddle steamer is the last operational, original, heritage steam-driven, wood-fired, overnight passenger-carrying side wheel paddle steamer in the world. From Mannum, the PS Marion offers short cruises on selected long weekends, showcasing the river’s scenic beauty and historical charm. When not on short cruises, it embarks on unforgettable overnight journeys to stunning Murray River destinations, providing a unique glimpse into Australia’s riverine history and natural splendour.

PS Marion Cruises

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5. Go on an on the water adventure

Experience the Murray River at your own pace with Freedom Boat Hire. Whether you’re an avid fisherman, a nature enthusiast, or simply looking to relax on the water, Freedom Boat Hire offers a range of boats equipped for every adventure. Explore secluded coves, fish for Murray cod, or simply cruise along and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. With flexible hire options and expert advice available, Freedom Boat Hire provides the freedom to tailor your river experience to suit your interests and schedule.

Freedom Boat Hire

The mid Murray region, with its blend of natural wonders, historical treasures, and unique attractions, provides an array of experiences that cater to diverse interests. Whether you’re stargazing under some of the clearest skies in the world or cruising along the iconic Murray River, there’s something truly special about this part of South Australia.

Book now and see the magic of the Mighty Murray this winter

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