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September - Murray River National Park

You’re invited to celebrate Murray River National Park this September.

The park provides ample opportunity for a variety of recreational activities such as walking, canoeing, bird watching and bush camping in a near natural environment. Designated camping areas with toilets and parking facilities as well as walking trails and a self-guided drive trail are established over several areas in the park. This park enables the conservation of more than 13,000 hectares and includes a vast network of Murray River wetlands and floodplains that provide unique natural experiences.

Get involved with heaps of free events and activities happening throughout September.

Each month we feature a different park as Park of the Month, find out what’s happening throughout the year and learn how to host your own event.

What's On

Half price camping

Date and time:  

Monday 16 September 2019 - Sunday 22 September 2019

About/information:     

Everyone loves a discount. During the week of 16 - 22 September, camping fees in Murray River National Park will be discounted by 50%.

Bookings:  Book your campsite online or visit one of our booking agents

Parkapiki competition - Win a 12 month vehicle entry parks pass

Visit Murray River National Park during September for your chance to win a 12 month vehicle entry for multiple park pass.

Our friends at Parkapiki have used GPS technology to create a virtual boundary around the park. All you need to do is visit Murray River National Park during September and when you’re there, open the competition page on your smart-phone or tablet, fill in the form and leave a creative comment about the park.

Don't worry if your out of mobile coverage, you can enter the competition by loading a digital photo you've taken in the park when you're back in range.

Rodeo Grounds clean-up

Date and time:  

Wednesday 4 September, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 

About/information:    

The Rodeo Grounds in Berri has long been used by itinerant campers as a temporary home, or locals to dump rubbish. The area is now a part of Murray River National Park. As a result we would like to clean up the rubbish to make it a nicer place for everyone to visit.

You will be working with Rangers to collect only the lighter rubbish into piles ready to be loaded into trucks. A sausage sizzle will be supplied for lunch and you will also have the opportunity to discuss with staff what you might like to see happen in the Rodeo Grounds.

Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban.                                                                                                   

Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.  

What to bring:     

  • Re-usable garden style or rubber gloves
  • minimum 1 litre of water and some snacks
  • sturdy closed toe shoes
  • loose fitting clothes appropriate for the weather
  • warm, long-sleeve top for stops or if the weather is cool
  • sun hat or cap
  • sun glasses
  • sunscreen and insect repellent 

Meeting point: Berri Rowing Club car park (just before rodeo grounds)

Bookings: This event is FREE, no registration required.

Yoga and cuppa in the Park

Date and time:  

Sunday 8 September. 9.30am - 11:00am 

About/information:    

Join us for an easy introduction to Yoga in the National Park to celebrate Murray River National Park being Park of the Month! Never tried Yoga? That’s OK, this class is for anyone and especially for people who think they can’t!

Leanne will take you through some easy, gentle poses all with the wonderful River as the backdrop at Campsite 12, Lyrup flats. $5 from each booking will be donated to the Thin Green Line supporting park rangers all over the world to do their job protecting our environment.

The Yoga session will be followed by a cuppa.

Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban.                                                                                                   

Yoga for people who think they can’t! This yoga class in the park is for anyone.

What to bring:    

  • Comfy clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Yoga mat (Please contact Leanne on 0439 329 339 if you require a mat.)
  • Cup for your cuppa 

Meeting point: Campsite 12, Lyrup Flats Section, Murray River National Park

Bookings and cost: Cost is $15 (plus GST and booking fee) per person and bookings are essential.

For further information contact -  Leanne Rathbone 0439 329 339. 

Ranger Guided Dog walk in Lyrup Flats

Date and time:

10.00am Sunday 8 September 2019 

About/information:    

Join one of our Rangers for a leisurely walk in Lyrup Flats with your dog. Don’t have a dog, you’re more than welcome to join in anyway. The walk will take you along the river in an area where camping and vehicles are no longer allowed. A great way to enjoy nature and the company of like-minded people.

Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban.  

Each participant will receive a National Parks and Wildlife Service doglead and bag.                                                                                                

Suitable for any age group and well behaved dogs.

What to bring:    

  • Comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Your dog and doggy-doo bag
  • warm, long-sleeve top for stops or if the weather is cool
  • sun hat
  • sun glasses
  • sunscreen and insect repellent
  • minimum 1 litre of water
  • light snack if required 

Meeting point:  TBA

Bookings:   

This event is FREE, no registration required. 

Nature Sound Bath

Date and time:  

Sunday 15 September 2.00pm

About/information: 

Join Revolution Learning over an afternoon for a Nature Sound Bath, relaxing to the healing sounds of nature. Sound baths are like a combination of restorative yoga, meditation and sacred sound concert. It’s like a cleanse for your cells and you don’t have to do anything, just breathe and listen.

This Unique event invites everyone who would like to share and honour the beauty of Nature in the Riverland.

A guide to event:

  • A Dreaming journey guided by Earthly instruments such as Didgeridoos, Hoop Drums, and Native American Flutes along with some other sacred instruments we will surprise you with
  • The tale of how Gecko found his first Didgeridoo in the bushlands in a Magical place somewhere in Australia. We will reveal where on the day
  • Connecting with the ‘Gumnuts of Gratitude’ to reminisce and inspire Joy of why Nature is so amazing.
  • Share in a beautiful Leaf Burning Ceremony.
  • Gather with like-minded and like-hearted people.

Note slight changes to the content of the event may occur to suit weather.

The event is suitable for all ages and for anyone interested in celebrating beauty in nature.

Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban.                                                                                                    

What to bring:    

  • Comfortable clothing suitable for the weather
  • Mat or rug to sit on if desired

Meeting point:  Booky Cliffs Campground, Lock 4 section of Murray River National Park

Bookings and cost: This event is free, but registration is essential. Please book via Facebook or Contact Belinda or Ross at Revolution Learning on 0419 932 099

Guided walk along Ngak Indau Wetland Trail

Date and time:  

Wednesday 18 September, 10.00am to 12.00pm

About/information:    

Join a guided walk with members from the Riverland Friends of Parks along the open section of the Ngak Indau Wetland Trail. Learn about the wetlands and associated floodplain vegetation.

Experience the sounds and sights of nature as you walk through the changing landscape. You’ll visit the new bird hide and quietly watch the birdlife go about it’s daily business. Kangaroos are often seen on this walk and you may be lucky to spot a spoon bill, darters, pelican, australian shelduck or whistling kite.

Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban.                                                                                                    

This is an easy walk suited to people of all ages. The track is a little uneven in places but there are no hills to climb. Only an average fitness level required.

What to bring:    

  • hiking/strong boots/shoes
  • Comfortable clothing
  • warm, long-sleeve top for stops or if the weather is cool
  • sun hat
  • sun glasses
  • sunscreen and insect repellent
  • minimum 1 litre of water and a light snack 

Toilet facilities provided for the day. 

Meeting point: Ngak Indau Wetland Trail car park, Lock 4 section, Murray River National Park

Bookings:  This event is FREE, no registration required.

Family day in the park

Date and time:  

10.00am to 3.00pm Saturday 21 September 

About/information:    

Join our Park Rangers for a lovely day in the Park with your family. A series of activities have been organised  to entice the whole family. Rangers will be available on the day and would love to have a chat in a relaxed atmosphere, possibly around the BBQ.

Ever wanted to try canoeing? Come and have a try (canoe and instructor supplied), or bring your own and join the group for a short paddle to campsite 31 and back. What a great way to see the creek and enjoy nature.

Try your skills at making a boomerang, or perhaps feather flowers and weaving are more your thing. Local Aboriginal artist will be there to teach you some skills, come have a chat and a laugh.

Ever wondered what was lurking in the water other than fish and yabbies?? The secret is out – Waterbugs. NRM Education officers will be conducting a waterbug survey using the National Waterbug Blitz app. The kids will love looking at all of the different water bugs.

Not sure of the current rules and regulations for fishing in SA? After some advice or assistance? Do you want to know about the role of PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture in fisheries management in SA? FISHCARE will be onsite to answer your questions. 

What’s happening in the Park and why? Have a chat with a Project Officer about the Infrastucture works in Katarapko.

Take the whole family on a yoga journey through nature, in nature. This is ideally suited to children over 4, however, everyone is welcome. Two FREE yoga sessions will be available at 11am and 1pm, each session is 45 minutes. Turn up 15 minutes before the start time. Please contact Leanne if you require a yoga mat to borrow. Picnic rugs are suitable for this event. Although the event is free, donations to the Thin Green Line Foundation will be greatly accepted.

Free Sausage Sizzle and water will be available on the day.

Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban.       

Beware of Heavy Vehicles operating in the area when driving in the Park to the Family Fun Day.

The day is suited to all fitness levels and ages.

What to bring:    

  • Yourself and your family
  • Water for drinking
  • Picnic if desired
  • Chair/picnic blanket
  • Canoe/fishing rod
  • Comfy clothing and shoes 

Meeting point: Campsite 28, Katarapko Creek Section, Murray River National Park

Bookings:  This event is FREE, no registration required. 

Murray River National Park Bike Ride

Date and time:  

Sunday 22 September, 9.00am 

About/information:    

Enjoy a bike ride in Murray River National Park. See the Park as you have never seen it before, winding through areas not accessible by vehicles. There are two levels of ride on offer: 20km track for experienced or fit riders, and a 10km track for inexperienced riders and children.

Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban.                                                                                                    

What to bring:    

  • your bike – needs to be in full working order, bring spare tube/repair kit
  • bike helmet
  • closed toe shoes
  • comfortable clothing suitable for bike riding
  • warm, long-sleeve top for stops or if the weather is cool
  • sun hat or cap
  • sun glasses
  • sunscreen and insect repellent
  • minimum 1 litre of water and a snack 

Meeting point: Meet in the Berri Senior Citizens Hall car park, corner of Crawford Terrace and Draper Road.

Bookings: This event is FREE, no registration required, just turn up.

Water bug blitz

Date and time:  

Wednesday 25 September, 10.00am to 2.00pm 

About/information:    

Join members of the NRM Education team for a waterbug survey at Lyrup Flats and learn about local macroinvertebrate species. This is a drop-in event and is open to anyone interested in learning more about waterbugs and spending time in part of the Murray River National Park. So pop in, check out the bugs and have a cuppa in the tranquil setting of campsite 10.

Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban.                                                                                                   

Suitable for all age groups and fitness levels.

What to bring:    

  • comfortable clothing and shoes
  • sun hat
  • sun glasses
  • sunscreen and insect repellent
  • water, light snack or lunch 

Meeting point: This event is held at campsite 10, Lyrup Flats section of Murray River National Park

Bookings:   

This is a FREE drop-in event for the community, registration is not required.

For more information of if you would like to bring a large group please contact:

Cindy Kakoschke
Phone: 8580 1837
Mobile: 0429 413 074
Email: cindy.kakoschke@sa.gov.au

Murray River National Park - A Cultural Experience 

Date and time:  

Friday 27 September 2019

About/information:    

Time to relax for the afternoon around a camp fire. Meet local Aboriginal ladies, learn how to weave or just find out more about their lives and culture. The afternoon will be finished off with some camp oven cooking.

More information to follow – final event details still to be confirmed soon.

Meeting point: Campsite 10a and 11 at Lyrup Flats section (times to be confirmed)

Bookings:   

To register your interest, contact Ranger Shara on 8580 1800.

This event is FREE but registration is essential.

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