Living healthy in the Murraylands

We know that being active in the great outdoors has an abundance of health benefits. And right now there is never a better time to get out and experience being “a tourist in our own backyard”.

Nature-based tourism has been a discussion point of late with the development of a taskforce focused on growing nature-based tourism experiences in South Australia.

It certainly gets you thinking about how well placed the Murraylands is to deliver large scale Nature-based tourism opportunities that fit with the strategy “Nature like nowhere else”.

With the River, Lakes and Coorong a major focal point of our region, there is a never ending list of things to do. Walking and cycling trails, water activities, cultural tours, an abundance of parks and gardens.

Regional Development Australia Murraylands, Regional Tourism Development manager Julie Bates says that a “combination of unique scenery and engaging experiences such as walking trails, user friendly camping grounds, recreational equipment hire, coupled with outstanding customer service makes the Murraylands a nature-based tourism destination that can’t be rivalled.”

Here are five local nature based experiences that you can enjoy this weekend:

1. Mowantjie Willoauwar Conservation Park, Tailem Bend – enjoy this newly rejuvenated walking trail located between Tailem Bend and Welllington East. Large sections of this trail are compacted rubble making it easily accessible for walkers and largely accommodating for prams and mountain bikes.

2. Mannum Waterfalls – this is the perfect time of year to take in the beautiful surrounds of this iconic natural attraction.

3. Paiwalla Wetlands, Burdett – Formerly a dairy farm on the floodplains of the Lower Murray, this restored wetland is a site of significance for the protection of many species and other wildlife.

4. Murray Bridge Canoe Trail – Launching at Sturt Reserve, paddle upstream to explore the rich history of Murray Bridge where rail meets the river.

5. Pangarinda Arboretum, Wellington – the arboretum is a vision that embraces conservation, education and tourism and endeavours to conserve Australia’s threatened flora. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy walking the grounds of this hidden gem. 

Sheridan O'Brien,

Senior community development officer,

Coorong District Council