Luxury, Romantic and Boutique Accommodation in the Murraylands
Float down the river or stay along the banks in the Murraylands
New South Wales. Victoria. South Australia. The powerful Murray River works its way through all of these states and once it crosses the state line from Victoria into South Australia, it bends and weaves before flowing south into Lake Alexandrina. The lakes fed by the Murray are a popular year-round holiday destination.
With the Murraylands covering such a large chunk of South Australia knowing where (or how) to start exploring this diverse region is made easier with some advanced planning. What do you want to see? What do you want to do? If your answer includes doing as little as possible, captain your own voyage but stepping aboard a houseboat for a week. Take the wheel and float down the Murray at your own pace, stopping only for swim breaks and to reacquaint your legs with dry land. Even if you’re not staying on the river, travellers can still centre their getaway around the water by filling days with kayaking, trips on paddle steamers or lakeside and riverbank picnics.
If you're the type to get out-and-about then base yourself in one of the quaint towns dotted along the river and make day trips to explore. Morgan is the largest of the northern river towns and has strong historic credentials. It's located on the river's bend (fondly referred to as the Great Elbow) and acts as the Murraylands' gateway to the Flinders Ranges. Follow the river's currents to popular Swan Reach or Mannum to be in close proximity to Saunders Gorge Sanctuary and Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal site. Further south, Murray Bridge offers access to Montarto Zoological park, heritage sites and reserves. It also has a weekly farmers’ market for travellers to stock up on oven-baked breads, honey and seasonal produce, or there are a handful of cellar doors in the area too. On the fringe of the Murraylands, where river finally meets ocean, is Meningie and Coorong National Park.
Accommodation across the Murraylands is diverse and beautiful, ranging from the houseboats mentioned above (some even come with Jacuzzis) to riverbank-perched cottages, entire holiday homes and self-contained apartments. Take your pick of the bunch from our handpicked selection and let your Murraylands escape fall into place. Or, take a peek at our South Australia accommodation for more holiday inspiration.