Murray River Lakes and Coorong Visitor Guide : 2015-2016 Murray River Lakes and Coorong VG
Getting here & AROUND The Murray River, Lakes & Coorong is one of the few places in Australia where you can see almost as much from your houseboat or canoe as you can from your car. Getting to the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong A region of alluring beauty, changing colours and thriving contrasts, the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong region is the perfect self-drive destination. Before you visit the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong, download the free Murray River app for your smart phone. To download, visit www.murrayriver.com.au/murray-river-app By car Due to the size of the region, travelling by car is the most convenient means of transport. From Adelaide follow the South Eastern Freeway (M1), from Victoria on the Princes Highway (A1) and from Sydney you can reach the region via the Mallee Highway (B12). Hire cars are available in Adelaide city, Adelaide Airport or Mount Barker. See your closest Visitor Information Centre for details. By coach If you’d prefer to have someone else drive you around the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong region, consider taking a bus or coach. Link SA and Premier Stateliner both operate regular services between Adelaide and main towns in the region, including Murray Bridge, Mannum, Tailem Bend, Meningie and Pinnaroo. They also service smaller towns once a week. For more information visit www.linksa.com.au, www.premierstateliner.com.au or one of 4 the region’s Visitor Information Centres. Interstate coach companies such as Firefly, Greyhound Australia and Murraylink V-Line operate coach services between Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney via the region on the Dukes and Riddoch highways. Getting around the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong By car With most roads accessible by car, caravan and campervan, you can explore the region at your own pace. Try one of the following routes as the start to your journey: • Follow the Mighty Murray Way through its changing landscapes from the Riverland to the Murray Mouth and Goolwa – the perfect road trip for families – with adventure parks, canoe and bike trails and the largest open range zoo in Australia just some of the highlights along the way. • Mid Murray Self Drive Eco Tour is a 130 kilometre loop from Mannum through spinifex and saltbush plains, by parks and a waterfall; includes Shearer Factory, cemeteries and an old railway line dotted with homesteads. • Discover the Murray River Trail, taking in the entire length of the Murray River and Mallee. • Mallee Highway Touring Route incorporates things to do and see in Pinnaroo, Lameroo and other Mallee towns. themurrayriver.com.au | getting here and around • Tolmer Gold Escort Route Loop Drive follows the footsteps of Alexander Tolmer, who in the 1850s worked with the South Australia Police to boost the state’s future, through gold routes. • Southern Ocean Drive and Melbourne to Adelaide touring routes take in the Coorong and spectacular inland scenery on your way between these two great Australian cities. • Narrung and Lake Albert Ring Route discovers Aboriginal culture and the wildness of the Lakes and Coorong. For more details visit your nearest Visitor Information Centre, Visitor Information Outlet or visit www.murrayriver.com.au/murray-river-drives Ferries and the lock and weir system Locks and weirs make South Australia’s section of the Murray River permanently navigable, each raising the water level behind approximately three metres, creating a series of stepped weir pools used by boats travelling up or down stream. To see Lock 1 at Blanchetown in action, or for river access in a boat, visit between 8–11:30am and 1–4:30pm any day, except Christmas Day (grounds are open from 8am–4:30pm). Ferries are a free 24 hour service that can take up to six or 10 vehicles (depending on the ferry). Ferry crossings are in operation at Swan Reach, Walker Flat, Purnong, Mannum, Tailem Bend, Wellington and Narrung.