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The Murray Bridge Bunyip at Sturt Reserve

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by Jenny Pickett (subscribe)
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Published April 6th 2013
The Bunyip - mythical or real?
The Murray Bridge Bunyip can be found in its cave on the banks of the Murray River at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge.

Fact or fiction? Decide for yourself... When visiting Murray Bridge, take time to visit The Murray Bridge Bunyip which resides in its cave on the banks of the Murray River at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge!

My son and his friend first laid eyes on this incredible attraction 3 years ago and it's left a lasting impression ever since. Every time we visit Monarto Zoo, before heading back to Adelaide, we find ourselves taking a short detour to Murray Bridge - specifically to visit The Murray Bridge Bunyip.

This creature's diet consists of $1 coins. Feed it a $1 coin and watch it rise out of the water in its cave and roar!!!

Sturt Reserve - foreground is the skate park's half pipe and in the background is the sheltered picnic and bbq areas, toilets and sheltered playground. Photo courtesy of website of the Rural City of Murray Bridge.

While you're at Sturt Reserve, let your kids explore the expertly constructed, fully enclosed and sheltered playground; or if you've got older kids, pack their skateboards and let them loose in the skate park (or the outdoor gym). There's plenty of open space, barbeques and shelter for all.

I look forward to one day enjoying views of life on the Murray River from Riverscape Café and Restaurant! Photo courtesy of Riverscape Café and Restaurant's Facebook page.

If you're sans kids, take time to wind down and enjoy the magnificent views of the mighty Murray River whilst dining at the Riverscape Café and Restaurant. Kids and family are more than welcome too.

Back to the Bunyip. As with the Loch Ness Monster, there was much speculation on whether the bunyip truly existed. One thing for sure is it formed part of traditional Aboriginal beliefs and stories throughout Australia and there were many written accounts of sightings of bunyips in the early and mid-19th century by new settlers to Australia.

Take a look at the photo above, curiously, you'll see the scientific name for the bunyip, Diprotodin displayed. This is because of a theory by palaeontologists that the bunyip may actually have been this extinct Australian marsupial.

Fascinating whichever way you look at it - decide for yourself!

In their research, palaeontologists advised of Aboriginal tribes identifying bones of the Diprotodon as being that of the bunyip - image courtesy of the Australian Museum.
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Why? Meet the Murray Bridge Bunyip
When: All year round.
Where: Sturt Reserve - Charles Sturt Drive, Murray Bridge SA 5253
Cost: 1 x $1 coin (to feed the Murray Bridge Bunyip)
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