6 things to do in Murray Bridge with kids
11th May 2021
Murray Bridge just got a whole lot more exciting. What with the new Bridgeport Hotel opening in late June, Murray Bridge now has a glamorous new hotel featuring a terrace bar, rooftop pool and rooftop bar. The list of things to do in Murray Bridge just got extended to include rooftop swimming and relaxing at a luxury hotel. Scroll down to the end of this article to find out more!
Murray Bridge in 2021
Just an hour outside of Adelaide, Murray Bridge has always been a family favourite for weekend getaways. What with its riverside location, abundant nature, history, restaurants and convenient location, there’s no wonder people flock here each year for their SA Weekend Escapes.
Today – Murray Bridge with its somewhat new cultural precinct, golf course, water-sports, nearby wineries, and much more – is a haven for those seeking a quick getaway. But when you visit Murray Bridge for the weekend with the kids, what activities are there which suit the whole family? In short, the answer is: heaps!
Below, we outline only 6 of the best thing to do in Murray Bridge with kids. You’ll be delighted to find that most of the things listed are ideal for both children and adults.
Things to do in Murray Bridge with kids
1. Visit Captain’s Cottage Museum
Captain’s Cottage Museum is a great place to start when exploring the Murray Bridge area with kids. Capture a brief history of Murray Bridge during your visit, by exploring the extensive collections of historic engines, farm machinery, photographs, train and toys at the Captain’s Cottage Museum. The cottage was actually built in 1890 by Captain Adam Johnstone for his wife and nine children. At this sweet museum, you’ll experience what life was like all that time ago. Read stories of pioneering life and learn about the paddle steamers of the Murray. This is a great way to teach the kids a thing or two during an SA Weekend Escape to Murray Bridge.
2. Learn about the Murray Bridge Bunyip
To the Ngarrindjeri people, the Bunyip in Murray River is known as the Mulyawonk. Head down to the river during your stay and teach the children a little about local Aboriginal histories and a local Dreaming story. The Mulyawonk – as it is known – teaches people about the dangers of catching too many fish. Ngarrindjeri Mulyawonk Dreaming in part says:
“In times long ago there lived a Ngarrindjeri Ko:ni (man) who was greedy catching far too many fish than he needed.
The Elders were not happy with this selfish man who did not respect the Ngarrindjeri laws of fishing.
The Elders were so angry with this man that as a punishment they turned him into the Mulyawonk – a half fish, half man creature and banishing him to the river forever.
Ngarrindjeri children are told never to swim alone or to take more fish than you can eat from the river and lakes.
If you do swim alone or are greedy in taking too many fish, then the Mulyawonk will get you.”
3. Try a section of the Lavender Federation Trail
The Lavender Federation Trail is a 325km walking trail which heads north from Murray Bridge, and later trailing through Clare Valley. The trail is stunningly beautiful in many parts, and offers hikers the amazing experience of exploring some of the best regions of SA. Having said all this, during your weekend escape, you won’t be doing this multi-week hike. What you can do however is start in Murray Bridge and explore the beginning of the trail. Try the first part of the trail which leads to Rocky Gully and get a taste of this iconic SA walking trail.
4. Spend a day at Monarto Safari Park
Monarto Safari Park is not only the largest safari park outside of Africa, but it’s home to many of Africa’s most impressive animals. Since Monarto is part of a conservation charity, you can also feel safe in the knowledge that the organisation works to save species from extinction. Explore the entirety of Monarto Safari Park by riding on the free Zu-loop bus. Feast your eyes on the large open-range exhibits and learn a little from the guides. When it comes to things to do in Murray Bridge with kids, this has to be a winner! Plus, if you’re feeling energetic, you’re also welcome to explore the 10km of walking tracks which weave around the exhibits. A number of animal experiences are also on offer for those looking to get a little closer.
5. Discover Old Tailem Town Pioneer Village
Established in 1982, Old Tailem Town is Australia’s greatest pioneer village. The historic town was created by Peter Squires, who had a vision to establish the educational and authentic pioneer village. He started out with the motivation that history should be preserved for the public to enjoy and that children should sometimes step out of their modern day lives and learn how people lived before. Visit for a day, enjoy a coffee or tea and wander around the village. Some of the buildings here are over a hundred years old.
6. Relax at Sturt Reserve
Undoubtedly the most beautiful part of Murray Bridge, Sturt Reserve is a gorgeous outdoor area perfect for admiring nature and relaxing outdoors. Perched upon the Murray River, the reserve offers space for picnics, paths for strolling and wildlife for spotting. What’s more, a playground here will keep young kids busy for hours on end. The wonderful green scenery you get here makes it the perfect spot for a morning walk by the river and it’s the perfect place to tire out the kids!
SA Weekend Escapes top hotel pick!
Pic credit: Bridgeport Hotel
The new Bridgeport Hotel in Murray Bridge is about to set the bar for hotels in South Australia. Featuring a stunning rooftop pool and bar and built with luxury in mind, the Bridgeport Hotel is one of its kind in the region. With 100 high-quality and contemporary guest rooms, the Bridgeport Hotel has the largest capacity of all hotels in the region. Those escaping the city for a night this winter will definitely want to check out the Bridgeport Hotel.
Be amongst the first to stay here this winter! Bookings here will start being taken mid June for stays at the end of June.
Other things to do in Murray Bridge
There’s more where this blog post came from. To find out where to eat, what to see and do and much more in this region, check out our Ultimate Guide to Murray Bridge.