IT’S TIME TO IMAGINE WITH THE ART OF FLYING
You take the controls of an aircraft for the first time after receiving a flight briefing from your instructor. A grin appears that can’t be wiped from your face because of the thrill of flying, and dopamine is flooding your body.
WOULD YOU PREFER TO FLY A FIXED-WING OR ROTARY-WING?
You now have the best of both worlds in South Australia, thanks to Rotor-Sport Australia. Flight lessons in a fixed-wing aeroplane or a rotary-wing gyroplane? The choice is yours! Rotor-Sport prides itself in offering rotary and fixed-wing flight training in Adelaide, giving you flexibility and freedom to pursue your dream to be a pilot. The plains of the Murray Bridge farming community are the ultimate place to launch your dream of taking to the skies – a glorious – and safe – place to earn your wings.
Source: Rotor-Sport Australia
FEEL ALIVE WITH SKYDIVE ADELAIDE
SA Skydiving is the best-rated skydiving operation in South Australia and one of the best in Australia! Get that Adrenaline Rush or that special gift today, with flexible payment options, including Zip Pay.
FREE BIRTHDAY JUMP WITH THE #1 CHOICE FOR SKYDIVING
Birthdays are an exciting time of year. They serve as a reminder that we are getting older but wiser. Here at Wow Factor, we make your birthday celebration something you cannot truly forget. In partnership with SA SkyDiving, we offer you a FREE BIRTHDAY JUMP during the month of your birthday! Land close to Wow Factor (moored at the Wellington Hotel – South Australia’s oldest country pub) and will get a snapshot of your jump – guaranteed!
Source: SA Skydiving
HASSLE-FREE HOLIDAY WITH FREEDOM BOAT HIRE
When dealing with Freedom, there are no hassles. Everything has been thought of to make your holiday stress free and more enjoyable. You only need a boat licence, and you’re ready to go! Freedom keeps all its boats well maintained, serviced and equipped with top-of-the-line products.
KAYAK TOURS / KAYAK HIRE
The kayak tours include an introduction to the equipment and design, paddling skills, posture, rafting techniques, safety if you were to tip over, launching and landing, as well as weather and environmental basics which you need to keep in mind while kayaking. The tour also includes games, skill practice, a short journey and lots of fun.
Source: Freedom Boat Hire
LIFE IS BETTER ON THE WATER
Are you looking for a wakeboard & waterski shop, boat dealer or wakeboard lessons in South Australia? If so, we have you covered! South Side Wakeboarding School has been running wakeboarding lessons on the Murray River since 1999. Due to the success of the Wakeboard School and demand for experienced watersports advice, in 2008, Above Board Shop was established. Located on Adelaide Road Murray Bridge, South Australia, carry a large range of all the best wakeboard and waterski brands and operate wakeboarding lessons from Whitesands (10 minutes from the store).
LEARN WAKEBOARDING COURSE
Spending more hours on the water each summer than most people in a lifetime means you will receive the most qualified advice on everything in water sports. If you’re staying in the marina during summer (DST), wakeboarding lessons are available from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Adam Bruce (aka Brucey), owner of Above Board Shop and South Side Wakeboarding School, can meet and teach you how to get the most out of your watercraft – ski boat and/or wakeboard (subject to availability). If you’re not staying in the marina, you can still learn from Adam in any mooring locations between Murray Bridge and Avoca Dell. Contact us for further details.
Source: South Side Wakeboarding School / Above Board Shop
GO-KARTING AT THE BEND MOTORSPORT PARK
Race around Australia’s action-packed Karting Circuit in some of the world’s fastest go-karts. You don’t need a licence to enjoy all the fun and excitement of go-karting at the state-of-the-art facilities here at The Bend Motorsport Park. Take the wheel on the exhilarating outdoor track and reach speeds of up to 70km/h on 1 of our 3 circuit configurations.
Source: The Bend Motorsport Park
STAY FIT WHILE ON A HOUSEBOAT HOLIDAY
PARKRUN AT MURRAY BRIDGE
Parkrun is an upbeat, inviting, and inclusive event with no time limit and no one finishing last. Everyone is welcome to participate, whether walking, jogging, running, volunteering, or watching. Saturday morning 5k races are held in parks and open places. There are 2k junior parkruns for children aged four to fourteen on Sunday mornings. Source: Parkrun
SOCIAL TENNIS AT STURT RESERVE
Tennis is an awesome way to remain in shape, meet new people, and spend time with family and friends. Regardless of age, picking up a racket and playing tennis is simple, whether at the riverbank, down the road, or at your local club. And the best part is that you don’t have to be a member to play — there are many methods to get a hit. What are you waiting for? Grab your rackets and enjoy social tennis at Sturt Reserve during your houseboat holiday! Source: tennis.com.au
SKATE PARK AT MURRAY BRIDGE
The Murray Bridge Skate Park is located at Sturt Reserve Road Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge. It was officially opened in 2018. Since then, skaters have flocked to hone their skills in the state-of-the-art skating facility. The Murray Bridge Skate Park tests the skills of skaters and BMX riders of all ages incorporating features such as a funbox, steps and blocks, seat grinds, transition run and flat ramp combinations. But the skate park is not just a place for skaters. It is a vibrant and exciting place that attracts spectators to watch the skills and energy of talented young people. Source: murraybridge.sa.gov.au
GO BOWLING WITH KIDS
Murray Bridge provides plenty of fun for youngsters, but if you’re looking for something to do in the evening, take the whole family to Bridge Bowl for some ten-pin bowling. This ten-pin bowling alley is within Murray Bridge and has automatic scoring and overhead displays. Bridge Bowl is open 7 days a week, close mid-evening (depending on bookings). Trading hours vary for school and public holidays. Source: ausweekendescapes.com.au
SWAN REACH HOTEL
The Swan Reach Hotel has a walk-in bottle shop, a welcoming, traditional style Front Bar including TAB facilities, a small Saloon Bar area with great river views, a gaming room, 8-ball and games room, a main Bistro area with sensational river views and upstairs, modest country hotel accommodation. Source: Swan Reach Hotel
The fully licensed Café Mannum offers breathtaking views of the river through its floor-to-ceiling windows as you enjoy a light meal, a cup of coffee, or a cool drink. In addition to having a collection of photographs by local photographer Dave Hartley, Café Mannum is available to the public for breakfast on weekends, dinner on Wednesday thru Saturday, and drinks from 8AM to 8PM. on Wednesday thru Saturday nights. Source: Mannum Motel
With a wonderful river view bar, a front bar hidden off the Main Street, a large event space, a high-end wine shop with an underground cellar, and good, old pub-style lodging, the Pretoria Hotel at Mannum has something for everyone. Source: Pretoria Hotel
The ideal site to have a top-notch lunch while admiring the tranquil views of the Murray River is the Riverscape Café, which is situated near the mouth of the river. Riverscape Café provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere, wonderful food, and friendly service seven days a week, whether for a birthday party, a family gathering, or supper with friends. Source: Riverscape
One of the oldest operating hotels in South Australia is the Wellington Hotel, which received its license in 1848. The hotel has a front bar, dining room, licensed lawn area, and new decking area and is situated directly on the banks of the River Murray. A ferry that runs round-the-clock every day of the week crosses one of South Australia’s oldest and widest rivers right in front of the hotel. The hotel’s riverfront has been refurbished and now has small- to large-boat moorings (3-night maximum stay). Source: Welly Hotel
PUBS AND WATERHOLES
There is a lot to do in Murray Bridge, so visit for a leisurely day on the Murray River and then unwind with friends or family over a delicious meal or quiet drink at the Bridgeport Hotel. Source: Bridgeport Hotel
SWANPORT HOTEL, MURRAY BRIDGE
The hotel provides a typical a la carte pub menu with some contemporary favourites made with regional ingredients. The hotel’s recently renovated dining room provides a casual, comfortable ambience that is ideal for enjoying food and drinks with family and friends. Source: Swanport Hotel
RIVERSIDE HOTEL, TAILEM BEND
The hotel is well-equipped, providing rooms, a bar, dining options, and a private event space in addition to TAB, Sky, Foxtel, a wine shop with frequent discounts, a gaming room with 20 machines that feature the newest games, and a tranquil beer garden. Source: Riverside Hotel
THE BRIDGE, LANGHORNE CREEK
The hotel has old-world charm at its finest, situated next to the grand gums that line the Bremer River and surrounded by vineyards. The hotel is a terrific place to stay all year round thanks to its exquisite restaurant, cosy red gum bar, and open fires on either side. Source: langhornehotel.com.au
THE BEST WINEMAKERS FORM LANGHORNE CREEK WINERIES
ANGAS PLAIN WINES
A cellar door for all seasons. Taste the estate-made wines or buy a glass to enjoy rustic, regional food. In summer, enjoy alfresco lunches with vineyard views. In winter, lunch by cosy wood fires. Indulge in live music and their PJ’s range of produce. Source: langhornecreek.com/wineries/cellar-door
Bleasdale is the founder of the wine region of Langhorne Creek. Discover their historic winery and view the enormous hand-hewn red gum press built in 1892. You’ll find a wine for every occasion with luscious sparkling, deep red, crisp whites, and warming fortified. Source: langhornecreek.com/wineries/cellar-door
The Willson sisters’ Bremerton has become an icon in Langhorne Creek. Join them at the renovated 1866 stone barn cellar door and experience their wines, local produce, art gallery and regionally inspired lunches. Feel like a picnic? They can cater for that too. Source: langhornecreek.com/wineries/cellar-door
The proprietors of Kimbolton Wines are fifth-generation vintners who are also the offspring of Frank Potts, Nicole Clark, and Brad Case. The name Kimbolton derives from Kimbolton in Cambridgeshire, the ancestral home of Nicole and Brad’s mother, Judy Case. Source: Kimbolton Wines
LAKE BREEZE WINES
Experience the stunning views across the Follett Family vineyard from the upstairs dining area and balcony. Lake Breeze is the perfect destination for a long lunch and a glass of trophy-winning wine. Watch out for their events on the ‘big lawn’ bordered with roses, vines and towering gums. Source: langhornecreek.com/wineries/cellar-door
In 2008, the Potts family bought the “Bremer Café,” gave it new ownership, and renamed it “The Winehouse.” Gipsie Jack, Ben Potts Wines, John Glaetzer’s John’s Blend, Heartland Wines by Ben Glaetzer, and Meechi Brewing Co. are among the Winehouse brands home. Source: The Winehouse
ARTS AND MUSIC
SOUNDS BY THE RIVER, MANNUM
SOUNDS BY THE RIVER is an annual event with a phenomenal line-up of bringing some of the most iconic names in Australian music to South Australia. Source: soundsbytheriver.com.au
MURRAY BRIDGE REGIONAL GALLERY
The gallery is recognised as one of the top regional galleries in South Australia and offers the Murraylands and its surroundings enlightening and exciting modern art experiences. Source: Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
CAPTAIN’S COTTAGE MUSEUM
Experience life at the turn of the century at the Captain’s Cottage, which Captain Adam Johnstone erected in 1890 for his wife and their nine children. Some exhibits trace the town’s growth and tell the tales of pioneer life, from the dairy industry to the wonder of paddle steamers and the advent of railway transportation. Source: murraybridge.sa.gov.au
NGAUT NGAUT CONSERVATION PARK
Explore the picturesque landscape of the Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park and gain a unique look into the traditional landowners, the Nganguraku people. This culturally and historically significant conservation park is best visited on a guided tour with an experienced guide from the Mannum Aboriginal Community Association. Source: https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/parks/ngaut-ngaut-conservation-park
DARK SKY GOLD STARS SUNSET DINNER
Journey to one of the earth’s darkest places. A stargazer’s delight perched on top of the tallest Murray River clifftop. Meet stars in our backyard – guides of the heritage night sky, Aboriginal custodians, and the native wildlife. Source: jugglehouse.com.au/tours
JURLIQUE VIP TOUR AND SPA
Discover the highlights of this 130 million-year-old natural playground with slow waters, sandy cliffs & steadfast characters. This tour is rich in Aboriginal heritage and allows you to cruise the river, and meet the wildlife & the farming locals. Source: jugglehouse.com.au/tours
MONARTO WILD GIN
Amazing insight into a unique rhino-sized partnership, linking world-famous zoo conservation with an ambitious gin distillery. Head behind the scenes for your exclusive gin tasting and take the Walk of the Brave Lions 360 experience. Source: jugglehouse.com.au/tours
ADELAIDE HILLS SAFARI
Travel through the Adelaide Hills and enjoy lunch at Hahndorf with time for sightseeing and wine tasting on the main street. Following that we take to the scenic back roads to visit Woodside Cheese and Melba’s Chocolate Factory before heading back over the hills to the Murray Flats. Source: bigbend.com.au