Sustainability

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT

We consider it a great privilege to provide guided tours on the Murray River and share the beauty, diversity, and stories that have shaped the landscape. We have taken every environmental consideration during the design of touring routes.

Our walking routes are all natural and no trails have been physically built. Our lodge style accommodation is on a houseboat where all waste is stored and recycled at onshore disposal facilities. When our houseboat departs each day to a new riverbank location, you would never know we were there.

Murray River Trails has achieved Advanced Ecotourism Certification from Ecotourism Australia which demonstrates our commitment to best practice interpretation, environmental care and minimal impact walking and cruising.

We take great pride in supporting local businesses to showcase the best of Riverland food and wine, a feat which is relatively easy when we live in the food bowl of South Australia.

In 2020 we launched the Murray River Trails Fund, a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation, to enable our business and our customers to contribute to the wellbeing and conservation of the landscapes that we tour on.

RIVERLAND RAMSAR WETLAND OF INTERNATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE

Our tours showcase the diverse habitats and wildlife of the Riverland Ramsar Wetland of International Significance where more than 180 endemic bird species have been recorded.

Ramsar is an international convention for the protection of wetlands around the world.

The Riverland Ramsar Wetland area includes an 80 km section of the Murray River and more than 200 km of meandering creeks.

Ancient Red gum forests are a feature of the landscape and four nationally threatened species including the Regent Parrot, Southern Bell Frog and 2 fish species - Murray Cod and Murray Hardyhead are found in the area.

How Can You Help?

The Murray River Trails Fund was created to conserve the landscapes enjoyed by Murray River Trails customers, so that the Murray River is valued as a vital part of Australia’s visitor economy.

Our business donations and your donation and will assist us in providing grants to registered charities* who will undertake projects to:

  • 1 Improve the health of the river floodplain
  • 2 Improve biodiversity and the status of threatened species
  • 3 Increase understanding of healthy river ecosystems and the species they support
  • 4 Inspire people to care for the Murray Darling river system

The Murray River Trails Fund is a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation, which is a public charitable foundation. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

To make a donation simply click here. You will be directed to fill out an online donation form and will receive a tax deductible receipt via email once the payment has been processed.

*  Our project partners include the Australian Landscape Trust/Austland Management who manage Calperum Station

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