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Murray River Trails


How do I get to Renmark?

Murray River Safari starts in the riverfront town of Renmark/Paringa, South Australia. Driving is an easy 3.5 hours from Adelaide with your first glimpses of the Murray River as you cross bridges at Blanchetown and Kingston-on-Murray. Guests will need to make their own transport arrangements.

Self Drive

Renmark is an easy 3.5 hour drive from Adelaide Airport or a 1.5 hour drive from Mildura Airport. Secure car parking is provided, free of charge, at the marina at Paringa.

Car Rentals

From Adelaide Airport: options/rental-car/
From Mildura Airport:

Please discuss rental fees, terms and conditions of hire with your preferred car rental company. Rental cars can be stored at the Paringa marina for the duration of the tour.

Private Transfers

We offer private transfer options for groups of 1 to 5 people or 6 to 10 people.

Direct Transfer via Express X Adelaide

Adelaide to Renmark

For groups 6-10 Express X can offer a 10 seater bus with trailer for luggage at $660 each way.

Indicative pricing for an Adelaide - Renmark return transfer:

  • $220 per person (6 people)
  • $165 per person (8 people)
  • $132 per person (10 people)

For groups 2-5 Express X offer 7 seater SUV (max 5 with luggage) $440 each way.

Indicative pricing for an Adelaide - Renmark return transfer:

  • $440 per person (2 people)
  • $220 per person (4 people)
  • $176 per person (5 people)

Phone: (08) 8213 6600

Departure Point

Meet your guides at the Bert Dix Memoral Park (Lock 5 Road, Paringa) at 10:00am on day 1 of your adventure.

After meeting your guide and parking your vehicles in the secure compound, you will begin your river adventure on our pontoon cruiser. 2 hours cruising to your houseboat.

The tour concludes at 2pm on day 3 when you will be transferred back to Paringa.

Special Dietary Requirements

Please advise us of any dietary requirements before your departure. We are more than happy to cater for special dietary requirements.

We cater for special dietary requirements — we just need to know in advance. Your guides prepare nourishing three-course meals each night that showcase local produce paired with local wines. A range of beverages are available including juice, cordial, beer and wine, tea and coffee. We also provide milk (dairy) and almond milk (non-dairy).

Mobile/Cell Phone Coverage

Mobile phone reception is poor along the Murray River Safari route.

Travel Insurance

We suggest you consider an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen costs due to accident, injury or uncontrollable seasonal conditions.

Activity Rating

Canoeing will typically be in a double canoe so that you can share the paddling. The agility to get in and out of the canoe is important and our guides will assist you to get started if you are a novice.

A 5 km walk is considered easy on flat terrain, and there is a gentle ascent and descent up and down the river cliffs.

Our walking pace is designed to allow you to enjoy the diverse river landscapes, wildlife and the people you are walking with. There’s plenty of time to take photos and savour the view.

All other activities will involve your guides transferring you to spectacular locations in a minibus, pontoon cruiser or the houseboat.

What is the weather like?

Murray River Safari operates between March and November to avoid the hot summer heat of December, January and February.

March, April, October and November are all warm months that will encourage you to take a swim in the river when you are on the houseboat. The average daily maximum temperatures for these months (degrees Celsius) ranges from 26.3C to 30.9C.

Hot days will occur and therefore light clothes, sun hats and sunscreen are important as well as carrying water each day.

May to September are the cooler months where conditions make for comfortable walking. Calm, sunny days are typical during these cooler months, but make sure you pack a windproof jacket for travelling in the open-air pontoon cruiser. Campfires are permitted at this time of year.

The average daily maximum temperatures (degrees Celsius) are as follows: May 20°C, June 17°C, July 17°C, August 18°C, September 21°C.

What Plants and Wildlife Will I See?

Although we can’t guarantee sightings, we frequently encounter red and grey kangaroos, emus, echidnas, pelicans, goannas, possums, whistling kites & wedge-tailed eagles, and more than 60 species of endemic birds including rare regent parrots, Australian ringneck parrots and crimson rosellas. Ducks and migratory waders such as sharp-tailed sandpipers are often seen on the lakes together with red-necked avocets and pied stilts.

Common species of plants that you will see include river red-gums, black box eucalypts and mallee-eucalypts, river coobah, emu bush, showy daisies, Darling lilies, ruby saltbush and many more.

We do not feed or handle animals on our tours and we do not encourage our guests to do so while on tour.

What do i carry each day?

We provide you with a 34 litre daypack to carry your lunch, a 1 litre water bottle, snacks, warm layers and other personal items in. This will weigh between 3 to 5kg depending on the additional items you choose to pack.