Western Grey Kangaroo
Murray River Safari was founded by proud Riverland locals and passionate Murray River champions, Tony & Susie Sharley in 2020, following the launch of the award-winning Murray River Walk four years earlier and subsequent formation of the Murray River Trails group.
The family-owned business started when the couple’s extensive background in river management, wine tourism, marketing and eco-tourism, created a determination to diversify the regional economy post the millennium drought.
Raising the profile and advocacy for Australia’s greatest river is central to the organisation's mission, through sharing the stories of the region's wildlife, landscapes, history, culture, people and environmental challenges.
Recently, the team has established the Murray River Trails Fund, supporting organisations at the forefront of improving the region’s biodiversity, river floodplain health and status of threatened species in the region.
As part of our commitment to sustainability we have developed a Code Of Practice relating to our wildlife interactions. We have also sought independent verification of our practices through Ecotourism Australia. Our Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation is awarded to Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.
WINNER Hall of Fame & Winner South Australian Tourism Award Ecotourism 2019
WINNER South Australian Tourism Award Ecotourism 2018 • 2017
SILVER Australian Tourism Award Ecotourism 2017
Riverland, South Australia
Boasting one of the most picturesque sections of Australia’s longest river, the Riverland Ramsar Wetland area includes an 80 km (50 mile) section of the Murray River and more than 200 km (125 miles) of meandering creeks.
Adjacent River Red gum forests, ephemeral lakes and stretches of pristine mallee provide opportunities to spot wild Koalas, Brush-tailed Possums, Red Kangaroos, Lace Monitors and 180 bird species; including Emus, Wedge-tailed Eagles, migratory waders such as Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Red-necked Avocets and Pied Stilts, along with numerous parrots including the nationally threatened Regent Parrot.
Meet our guides
Meet our guides
Tony SharleyTony grew up on the Murray River at Renmark. He is the creator of Murray River Trails, inspired by the magic of the Murray River and a career living and working on wetlands in Australia’s Murray Darling Basin and around the world.