What to do in Murray Bridge 

Murray Bridge

Only an hour away from Adelaide and situated on the Murray River, Murray Bridge is a convenient and fun-filled spot for a Weekend Escape. With lots of outdoor activities to partake in, wildlife to discover, things to do with children and of note an impressive and somewhat luxury new hotel on its way, Murray Bridge is an interesting getaway option for more and more South Australians.

What to do in Murray Bridge

In this article, we offer only a handful of things to do in Murray Bridge, for couples and families alike. From safaris to canoeing and sipping on wine, you’ll have lots to choose from during your Murray Bridge Weekend Escape. Read on to find six things to do in this South Australian riverside town.  

Pic credit: Zoos SA/ Adrian Mann

Spend the day at Monarto 

Perhaps the most exciting day trip from Murray Bridge is a safari at Monarto Safari Park. With a whopping 1500 hectare space, home to more than 50 species of animals, Monarto is a truly special South Australian gem. You might be interested to know, that if you patched together all of Australia’s zoos and laid it over Monarto, you’d still have land left over. This place is huge and without a doubt if you’re wandering what to do in Murray Bridge, you must head here.

On top of native Australian animals, discover African wildlife including lions and giraffes. Take a bus through the open-range exhibits, or opt to walk some of the beautiful walking tracks in order to get the best experience. You’re guaranteed to enjoy a day out here!

Experience the arts of Murray Bridge

Did you know that Murray Bridge is an arty hotspot? Bursting with heritage but also known for its artistic side, the town has a local regional gallery and historic town hall which have in recent years been transformed into a new cultural precinct. Sculptures, performances spaces and galleries offer art-lovers lots to see. Of note, the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery has a range of exhibitions including a range of Aboriginal art. Keep your eyes open for a great workshop or event here too, and you might just be able to time your Weekend Escape with something you’d like to take part in.

Pic credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Explore the Murray by Kayak or Canoe

To enjoy the water at Murray Bridge, you don’t need to be powered by an engine. Opt for the slower option and lap up the magic of the Murray River from your kayak or canoe. The quintessentially Australian countryside is best explored this way. At Freedom Boat Hire, pick up a kayak for one or two people, and explore the meandering Murray River as you drift down at your own pace. Kayaks are available for hire more than one day, so if you’re looking to make a weekend of it, you absolutely can. 

Go to a winery 

The quintessential orange banks of the Murray River is host to a great deal of wineries. North of Murray Bridge, guests can discover a fabulous selection of wineries each offering unique cellar door experiences and tastings. A little closer to Murray Bridge, guests find Willow Point. Tuckd away in the heart of the Murraylands, Willow Point is blanketed in vines and offers a wonderfully scenic spot for a visit. 

Pop into the casual cellar door and sample some reds, whites and roses from the winery’s collection. At the onsite bottle shop, Australian made crafts, spirits, ciders, beers and wines are also found here, making it ideal for a little souvenir shopping. Stay for longer and sip on a coffee, nibble on a cheese platter or devour a homemade scone to get the whole experience. 

Go bowling 

Murray Bridge offers a number of outdoor adventures for kids and families, however if you’re looking for something indoors, or perhaps an activity for the evening, drag the whole family to Bridge Bowl for some ten pin bowling. Found in the heart of Murray Bridge itself, Bridge Bowl is equipped with automatic scoring and overhead screens. On Friday and Saturday nights, glow bowling – played with glow in the dark pins – is available too!

Pic credit: John Montesi

Explore Sturt Reserve 

Sturt Reserve is a beautiful natural environment on the banks of the Murray River. During your Weekend Escape here, head down to the river and admire the local wildlife, inclusive of endless species of birds. Whilst this spot is ideal for relaxation and a short walk, Sturt Reserve is also perfect for families and those seeking a little more activity. After a stroll along the foreshore, head to the children’s playground, play a round tennis, grab a coffee from a nearby cafe, try some fishing or take a refreshing dip. 

Of particular note, the Mulyawonk Bunyip here is a great spot to learn about the local Ngarrindjeri people. Originally, the Bunyip here represents a story of a man who caught more fish than he needed to. Displeased with the man’s decision, the Elders turned the man into a half fish, half man, banishing him to the river forever. The story today teaches younger generations water safety and a respect for fish from the rivers and lakes of SA!

SA Weekend Escape’s top hotel pick

Bridgeport Hotel 

If you’re wondering what to do in Murray Bridge, staying at the Bridgeport Hotel is an experience in itself. Opening this year, the Bridgeport Hotel will be one of the best hotels in South Australia. With an array of high-quality suites and on site dining and bars, this is a wonderfully convenient spot to spend a weekend. The modern gymnasium and outdoor pool and bar add a streak of luxury to your stay.

More things to do in Murray Bridge

Those heading to Murray Bridge for a Weekend Escape will want to know what else there is to do in Murray Bridge. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Murray Bridge and discover some more restaurants, attractions and activities for the whole family.