Murray River Safari Joins Australian Wildlife Journeys

Murray River Safari Joins Australian Wildlife Journeys

We are excited to share that our Murray River Safari experience is a part of the Australian Wildlife Journey collective! Australian Wildlife Journeys are a group of Australia's leading independently owned and operated wildlife tourism experiences, showcasing wildlife encounters in the wild, combined with warm hospitality.

A New Wildlife Journey

Murray River Safari is a short 3 day 2 night tour that combines canoeing, walking, river cruising and a driving tour around ephemeral lakes. All activities help you encounter a range of wildlife & birdlife on the Murray River at times of the day when they are most active.

Your wildlife journey begins when you board the pontoon cruiser and begin cruising along the river, eyes scanning the tree canopy for sleepy koalas along the river corridor.

There are many opportunities for animal encounters on this tour and here are 5 species we hope to see during this 3 day wildlife adventure.

Rainbow beeeaters Murray River Safari

“We are delighted to join a national collective that not only celebrates the importance of sharing our diverse natural landscapes, climatic zones, and amazing fauna across Australia, but provides opportunities for guests to contribute to a better future for wildlife across our most critical ecosystems” said Tony Sharley, Managing Director of Murray River Trails.


Operating between March and November, the Murray River Safari provides a perfect complement to the our award-winning Murray River Walk that runs between May to September, with the opportunity for guests to combine the two experiences together for a week long river-based adventure.

Australian Wildlife Journeys’ chair Craig Wickham said, ‘The addition of the Murray River Safari is a critical step in the collective’s mission to showcase the country’s most important and iconic ecosystems to nature-minded travellers. Tony, Susie and their team have an infectious passion for the region and align perfectly with our collective’s values. We are excited to share the story of the Murray River with travellers domestically and from around the globe.”


The 3 day/2 night Murray River Safari includes:

  • Private pontoon cruising spotting koalas and kangaroos, pelicans and swans,
  • Guided woodlands and cliff walk spotting whistlers, Wedge-tailed Eagles, honeyeaters, parrots and migratory Rainbow Bee-eaters,
  • Private guided canoeing trip along tranquil backwaters encountering pelicans, darters, cormorants, and spoonbills,
  • Driving safari through dunes and ephemeral lakes in high conservancy areas with spectacular birdwatching,
  • Lodge style accommodation for 2 nights on a modern houseboat, and
  • All meals showcasing local produce and beverages including premium Riverland wines and beer, juice and coffee.

Join us on a murray river safari

Our Murray River Safari wildlife adventures are short, 3 days and 2 nights, and depart on Tuesdays and Fridays from March through to November each year.

Tours depart from Renmark in South Australia.

See a diverse range of waterbirds including Black Swans, Spoonbills, Red-necked Avocets and Pied Stilts, migratory waders, and of course our beautiful bushbirds, Rufous Whistler, Red-capped Robin and Fairywrens, Red-rumped Parrot, Australian Ringnecks and Yellow Rosellas, and migratory Rainbow Bee-eaters.

The next tours depart September & October 2021 - view these dates by clicking HERE.