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Murray River, Lakes & Coorong: Our Top Spots, Exclusive Accommodation Deals & More!


The next stop in your South Australian trip. The incredible Murray River, Lakes & Coorong all boast breathtaking scenery, beautiful natural wonders and thrilling experiences, and are all just an hour’s drive from Adelaide.

Here are our top things to do in the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong…

Explore the night sky

It’s true—not all night skies look the same. If you’re from the city especially or just a general lover of all things outdoors, we recommend paying a visit to the River Murray Dark Sky Reserve. This place is accredited by the International Dark-Sky Association, the first of its kind in Australia and only the 16th in the world!

A couple things to note—entry is free, take plenty of water and snacks with you (there are no faclities present in the area), and you will need a 4WD to get here! The view, however, is completely worth it!

To learn more, click here.


Image: Adeltritus, Dark Sky Reserve, Murray River, Lakes & Coorong.

Be close to nature

If you’re an outdoor-sy type, the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong region is definitely the holiday destination for you!

Visit several national and conservation parks, such as Coorong National Park, which is great for four-wheel drivers, birdwatchers, hikers and boaties (and camping is great here!). It’s also an important area for Aboriginal communities.

Another must-do is kayaking through Hermann Gass Bird Sanctuary, which is located in Mannum. Hire a kayak and travel just a few minutes to the famous sanctuary. Then, simply hit the waters and you’ll discover gorgeous scenic views and beautiful river red gums. You’ll also be able to spot a large variety of native birdlife. Doesn’t that sound great?!

If you like freshwater fishing, a trip to the Murray River is an absolute must. Abundant with fish, such as golden perches (and yabbies!), we recommend visiting during October and April for the best experience.


Image: takeus_withyou, Murray River, Murray River, Lakes & Coorong

Get your heart racing

If you’re never visited Monarto Zoo before, here is your sign to do so! Set-off on an African-style safari and watch lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes and the like roam all from a shuttle bus! If you want a thrilling experience, we recommend Australia’s only 360 lion encounter—where you’ll be up close to one of the world’s biggest predators!

Not heart racing enough for you? Head to the Bend Motorsport park—they have plenty of fun events scattered throughout the year, as well as plenty of experiences you can do yourself! If karting isn’t your speed, check out their range of Driver Experiences and Hot Laps on offer.


Image: Zoos SA/Adrian Mann, Monarto Safari Park, Murray River, Lakes & Coorong

For more information and things to do in the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong, head to or the official regional website.

Exclusive Accommodation Deals

Discovery Parks – Lake Bonney

Stay at 9 Discovery Parks locations across SA, including Discovery Parks – Lake Bonney, and save with our Midweek Offer: stay 2 nights and save 30% on any cabin or site. Use code DHPFOODLAND to book*



*Terms & Conditions: Subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for all new cabin and site bookings. Valid for a minimum 2 night stay from Sunday to Thursday, 05/08/2020 to 31/10/2020. Valid for travel dates from 05/08/2020 to 01/12/2020. Only valid at Discovery Parks locations in South Australia. Must quote promo code DHPFOODLAND at time of booking. Offer valid for both online bookings or by calling the park. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or G’DAY REWARDS membership discount. Discount is based on the standard rate, does not include extra guests. Offer may be changed or cancelled at any time without notice.


MS Murray Princess

Deal 1: Exclusive to Foodland!

Cruise in style on this gracious paddlewheeler (image below) Cruise Safe. Cruise Well with strict COVIDSafe practices.

SPECIAL: 25%* offer to Foodland customers.

PROMO CODE: Quote MP25 when booking.

Call 1300 729 938 or visit

*Selected cruise dates only. Not valid on event cruises. Offer valid for travel to 31st March 2021. Discount available on outside cabins. Direct bookings only.

Deal 2: Special Event Cruises

7 Night Christmas Cruise / Departs 23rd December 2020

5 Night New Year’s Eve Cruise /Departs 30th December 2020

Call 1300 729 938, or for more information, visit


Make sure to visit the Foodland stores in the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong during your next stay:

  • Mannum
  • Meningie
  • Pinnaroo
  • Tailem Bend

And make sure to support local brands and producers, such as Angelakis Bros!