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List of islands within the Murray River in South Australia is a list of islands located within the watercourse of the Murray River within the Australian state of South Australia from the mouth of the river at Encounter Bay in the south to the borders with the states of New South Wales and Victoria in the east including the following lakes located adjacent to the river's mouth - Coorong, Lake Albert and Lake Alexandrina.

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Aerial view of Lakes Albert and Alexandrina

Coorong

The following list includes islands (listed from west to east) in the Coorong as well as the following two channels connecting it to Port Pullen at the Murray Mouth - the Coorong Channel and the Tauwitchere Channel. As of 2014, all of the islands in the following list were within the boundary of the Coorong National Park.

Name Coordinates Remarks
Sam Island 35°44′42″S 139°14′31″E / 35.74496787°S 139.24189437°E / -35.74496787; 139.24189437 (Sam Island)
Needles Island 35°50′39″S 139°21′17″E / 35.84407827°S 139.35480084°E / -35.84407827; 139.35480084 (= Needles Island)
Goat Island 35°50′50″S 139°20′52″E / 35.84723052°S 139.34768843°E / -35.84723052; 139.34768843 (Goat Island)
Snake Island 35°51′02″S 139°21′57″E / 35.850670°S 139.365840°E / -35.850670; 139.365840 (Snake Island)
Rabbit Island 35°51′37″S 139°22′42″E / 35.860210°S 139.3784°E / -35.860210; 139.3784 (Rabbit Island)
Bluff Island 35°53′03″S 139°23′22″E / 35.884060°S 139.3895°E / -35.884060; 139.3895 (Bluff Island)
Bull Island 35°54′56″S 139°25′18″E / 35.915620°S 139.421670°E / -35.915620; 139.421670 (Bull Island)
Cow Island 35°55′52″S 139°27′03″E / 35.93104990°S 139.45079703°E / -35.93104990; 139.45079703 (Cow Island)
Long Island 35°56′08″S 139°27′27″E / 35.935640°S 139.457560°E / -35.935640; 139.457560 (Long Island)
Round Island 35°56′28″S 139°27′44″E / 35.941030°S 139.462180°E / -35.941030; 139.462180 (Round Island)
Swan Island 35°56′40″S 139°28′09″E / 35.944510°S 139.469190°E / -35.944510; 139.469190 (Swan Island)
Stony Well Island 35°57′44″S 139°29′28″E / 35.962280°S 139.491090°E / -35.962280; 139.491090 (Stony Well Island)
Cattle Island 36°00′25″S 139°32′04″E / 36.00705859°S 139.53448578°E / -36.00705859; 139.53448578 (Cattle Island)
Teal Island 36°02′13″S 139°33′30″E / 36.036880°S 139.558470°E / -36.036880; 139.558470 (Teal Island)
North Pelican Island 36°02′40″S 139°33′31″E / 36.04435402°S 139.55871543°E / -36.04435402; 139.55871543 (North Pelican Island)
Halfway Island 36°03′06″S 139°34′01″E / 36.05166457°S 139.56690284°E / -36.05166457; 139.56690284 (Halfway Island)
Pelican Island 36°03′27″S 139°33′48″E / 36.057460°S 139.563460°E / -36.057460; 139.563460 (Pelican Island)
Mellor Island 36°04′06″S 139°34′30″E / 36.068370°S 139.574870°E / -36.068370; 139.574870 (Mellor Island)
Seagull Island 36°05′03″S 139°35′25″E / 36.084270°S 139.590410°E / -36.084270; 139.590410 (Seagull Island)
Wild Dog Island 36°07′24″S 139°37′41″E / 36.123280°S 139.627990°E / -36.123280; 139.627990 (Wild Dog Island)

Lake Albert

Name Coordinates Remarks
Bascombe Island 35°43′35″S 139°15′49″E / 35.72648039°S 139.26348163°E / -35.72648039; 139.26348163 (Bascombe Island) Island is located in a bay at the south end of the lake also known as Bascombe Bay

Lake Alexandrina

The following is a list of islands (from west to east) within Lake Alexandrina and including the group of islands at the southern end of the lake.

Name Coordinates Remarks
Goose Island 35°29′30″S 138°49′53″E / 35.49172152°S 138.83152770°E / -35.49172152; 138.83152770 (Goose Island) An island that was inundated by the water level rise caused by the construction of the barrages in the 1930s. It lies within the boundaries of the Currency Creek Game Reserve.
Billygoat Islands 35°29′18″S 138°50′11″E / 35.48844308°S 138.83643637°E / -35.48844308; 138.83643637 (Billygoat Islands) It is reported as being a group of small islands of which many were inundated by the water level rise in the river system caused by the construction of the barrages in the 1930s. It lies within the boundaries of the Currency Creek Game Reserve.
Reedy Island 35°31′53″S 138°50′39″E / 35.531270°S 138.844230°E / -35.531270; 138.844230 (Reedy Island) Island located in the Goolwa Channel on the south side of Hindmarsh Island within the boundary of the Coorong National Park.
Rushy Island 35°32′08″S 138°50′59″E / 35.535440°S 138.849680°E / -35.535440; 138.849680 (Rushy Island) Island located in the Goolwa Channel on the south side of Hindmarsh Island within the boundary of the Coorong National Park.
Hindmarsh Island 35°30′58″S 138°52′34″E / 35.51618332°S 138.87616566°E / -35.51618332; 138.87616566 (Hindmarsh Island)
Bird Island 35°33′10″S 138°53′44″E / 35.55288311°S 138.89542664°E / -35.55288311; 138.89542664 (Bird Island) Island located in the Coorong Channel on the south side of Hindmarsh Island within the boundary of the Coorong National Park. Also, known as Gull Island.
Varcoe Island 35°32′31″S 138°54′04″E / 35.541960°S 138.901010°E / -35.541960; 138.901010 (Varcoe Island) Island located in Mundoo channel between Hindmarsh and Mundoo Islands.,
Lucerne Island 35°31′54″S 138°55′31″E / 35.53156940°S 138.92519926°E / -35.53156940; 138.92519926 (Lucerne Island)
Mundoo Island 35°32′47″S 138°56′02″E / 35.546510°S 138.9339°E / -35.546510; 138.9339 (Mundoo Island)
Goose Island 35°30′05″S 138°56′09″E / 35.50127164°S 138.93570995°E / -35.50127164; 138.93570995 (Goose Island) Island located east of the town of Clayton Bay.
Goat Island 35°30′15″S 138°56′37″E / 35.504110°S 138.943560°E / -35.504110; 138.943560 (Goat Island) Island located east of town of Clayton Bay.
Ewe Island 35°33′23″S 138°56′49″E / 35.556260°S 138.947020°E / -35.556260; 138.947020 (Ewe Island) According to an atlas published in 1877, it and Long Island were considered to be one island known as Reedy Island.
Rat Island 35°31′13″S 138°57′33″E / 35.520140°S 138.959110°E / -35.520140; 138.959110 (Rat Island) Also called Ram Island.
Long Island 35°32′15″S 138°59′06″E / 35.537480°S 138.98487346°E / -35.537480; 138.98487346 (Long Island) Also known as Ram Island and as Grindstone Island. According to an atlas published in 1877, it and Ewe Island were considered to be one island known as Reedy Island.
Tauwitchere Island 35°34′28″S 138°59′22″E / 35.574560°S 138.989540°E / -35.574560; 138.989540 (Tauwitchere Island) Island is reported as also being named Towagery, Towatchery and Talwadjeri Island and as having an area of 144 hectares (356 acres).
Myrtle Island 35°34′08″S 138°59′32″E / 35.5689°S 138.992280°E / -35.5689; 138.992280 (Myrtle Island) Island located within the Mud Islands Game Reserve.
Snake Island 35°33′41″S 138°59′49″E / 35.56143004°S 138.99698025°E / -35.56143004; 138.99698025 (Snake Island)
Mud Island 35°33′51″S 139°00′43″E / 35.564130°S 139.011910°E / -35.564130; 139.011910 (Mud Island) Island reported as having an area of 17 hectares (43 acres). It lies within the boundaries of the Mud Island Game Reserve.
Reedy Island No 2 35°33′22″S 139°00′43″E / 35.5560°S 139.012070°E / -35.5560; 139.012070 (Reedy Island No 2)
Pomanda Island 35°24′58″S 139°18′29″E / 35.41600826°S 139.30799221°E / -35.41600826; 139.30799221 (Pomanda Island) Island located adjacent of the channel of the Murray River immediately south of its entry into Lake Alexandrina.
Aerial view of River Murray barrages with superimposed text - PRG-1258-2-546
Aerial view from the east showing island system adjoining Murray Mouth including locations of barrages (State Library of South Australia - PRG-1258/2/546)
Aerial - Goolwa
Aerial photo of Goolwa, South Australia with Hindmarsh Island on the left side of image
River Murray meets Lake Alexandrina at Pomanda Island, South Australia - Feb 2012
Pomanda Island (at bottom of image)

Wellington to Morgan

The following is a list of islands (from south to north) within the river’s channel between the town of Wellington and the town of Morgan.

Name Coordinates Remarks
Miss Gawler Island 35°08′50″S 139°18′35″E / 35.14728707°S 139.30978°E / -35.14728707; 139.30978 (Miss Gawler Island) Island located south east of the city of Murray Bridge and is located beneath the Swanport Bridge.
Long Island 35°07′48″S 139°17′59″E / 35.130070°S 139.299730°E / -35.130070; 139.299730 (Long Island) The island located immediately opposite Murray Bridge and is within the boundaries of the Long Island Recreation Park. The island is considered by the Ngarrindjeri, the Australian Aboriginal people associated with the locality, to be “highly sensitive” (i.e. “high cultural and/or (sic) heritage importance”).
Nott Island 34°22′44″S 139°37′30″E / 34.37875552°S 139.62503174°E / -34.37875552; 139.62503174 (Nott Island) Island located about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi)* south of the town of Blanchetown.
Reedy Island 34°17′43″S 139°38′12″E / 34.29535698°S 139.63662083°E / -34.29535698; 139.63662083 (Reedy Island) Island located about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi)* north of Blanchetown, immediately across the river from the Roonka Conservation Park and immediately south of Julia Island.
Julia Island 34°17′30″S 139°38′24″E / 34.291560°S 139.639870°E / -34.291560; 139.639870 (Julia Island) Island located immediately adjacent to Reedy Island and across the river from the Roonka Conservation Park.
Long Island, Murray Bridge (B 26826)
Cattle grazing at Long Island, circa 1900 (State Library of South Australia (B 26826)
Aerial view of Murray Bridge (B 11533)
Aerial view of Murray Bridge from the south including the north end of Long Island, circa 1920 (State Library of South Australia B 11533)
Swanport Bridge
Miss Gawler Island is located below the Swanport Bridge

Morgan to the border

The following is a list of islands (from west to east) within the river’s channel between the town of Morgan and the borders with New South Wales and Victoria.

Name Coordinates Remarks
Hart Island 34°10′33″S 140°03′17″E / 34.17590386°S 140.05461270°E / -34.17590386; 140.05461270 (Hart Island) Island located east of the town of Waikerie. Previously known as Wigleys Island. The current name has been in use since at least 1888, possibly named after J.Hart, a pastoralist.
Sandy Island 34°10′57″S 140°05′04″E / 34.182510°S 140.084360°E / -34.182510; 140.084360 (Sandy Island) The existence of this island is based on an entry in an atlas dated 1877. As of 2015, the responsible government agency reported that the island is not indicated on "current mapping" within the locality.
Ball Island 34°10′59″S 140°20′27″E / 34.183180°S 140.340790°E / -34.183180; 140.340790 (Ball Island)
Thurk Island 34°13′05″S 140°22′02″E / 34.21804118°S 140.36710836°E / -34.21804118; 140.36710836 (Thurk Island) Island located in the channel east of Kingston-on-Murray opposite the Loch Luna Game Reserve. Previously known as Chambers Island or Isle.
Moorook Island 34°17′13″S 140°22′12″E / 34.28693766°S 140.36996279°E / -34.28693766; 140.36996279 (Moorook Island) Island located opposite to the town of Moorook. Also known as Moorook Isle and Moorik Isle.
Nynes Island 34°19′58″S 140°23′11″E / 34.33285356°S 140.38643302°E / -34.33285356; 140.38643302 (Nynes Island) Previously known as Pyap Island.
Forbys Island 34°26′36″S 140°30′00″E / 34.44320925°S 140.50006195°E / -34.44320925; 140.50006195 (Forbys Island)
Katarapko Island 34°24′20″S 140°33′22″E / 34.40566248°S 140.55608657°E / -34.40566248; 140.55608657 (Kataropko Island) Island is located within the extent of the Murray River National Park. Previously known as Cragg Island.
Kapunda Island 34°26′54″S 140°33′36″E / 34.44846740°S 140.55998258°E / -34.44846740; 140.55998258 (Kapunda Island) Located in the main river channel to the immediate north-west of Loxton and within the Kapunda Island Conservation Park. In 1994, the island was reported as having an area of 1 hectare (2.5 acres) and as being “only accessible by boat.”
Rilli Island 34°23′37″S 140°34′40″E / 34.39356053°S 140.57769733°E / -34.39356053; 140.57769733 (Rilli Island) Located within the extent of the Rilli Island Conservation Park. Previously known as Riley Island and also referred to as Rilli Isle. In 1994, the island was as having an area of 4 hectares (9.9 acres) and as being “only accessible by boat except during low river flows when” it is “accessible by foot, from the south bank of the River…”
Media Island 34°25′46″S 140°35′17″E / 34.429540°S 140.588180°E / -34.429540; 140.588180 (Media Island) Island located to the south east of Loxton and within the extent of Media Island Conservation Park. Previously known as Medea Island and also referred to as Media Isle. In 1994, the island was reported as having an area of 1 hectare (2.5 acres) and as being “only accessible by boat except during low river flows when” it is “accessible by foot, from the south bank of the River…”
Punkey Island 34°15′15″S 140°42′24″E / 34.25412471°S 140.70654564°E / -34.25412471; 140.70654564 (Punkey Island) Also known as Penky Island.
Cemlell Island 34°14′20″S 140°42′27″E / 34.238870°S 140.707420°E / -34.238870; 140.707420 (Cumlell Island) Also known as Gumlell Island.
Muklemuk Island 34°14′11″S 140°43′52″E / 34.236460°S 140.731150°E / -34.236460; 140.731150 (Muklemuk Island) Also known as Muckle Muk Island.
Reny Island 34°03′33″S 140°44′09″E / 34.05910722°S 140.73577007°E / -34.05910722; 140.73577007 (Reny Island)
Nelbuck Island 34°06′05″S 140°44′47″E / 34.10144157°S 140.74633239°E / -34.10144157; 140.74633239 (Nelbuck Island) Island which adjoins Bulyong Island, was gazetted on 19 September 1996 by the direction of the state's Minister of Environment.
Nelwart Island 34°12′55″S 140°44′56″E / 34.215280°S 140.749°E / -34.215280; 140.749 (Nelwort Island) Also called Nelwart Island
Goat Island 34°11′14″S 140°45′08″E / 34.18720150°S 140.75220533°E / -34.18720150; 140.75220533 (Goat Island)
Bulyong Island 34°07′21″S 140°45′51″E / 34.122540°S 140.764160°E / -34.122540; 140.764160 (Bulyong Island) Island located within the extent of the Murray River National Park.
Kylie Island 34°08′12″S 140°45′51″E / 34.13679281°S 140.76420893°E / -34.13679281; 140.76420893 (Kylie Island) Name derived from the surname of the land owners.
Causeway Island 34°10′08″S 140°45′56″E / 34.168880°S 140.765420°E / -34.168880; 140.765420 (Causeway Island)
Longwang Island 34°08′53″S 140°46′15″E / 34.14815204°S 140.77084040°E / -34.14815204; 140.77084040 (Longwang Island)
Sandy Island 34°15′20″S 140°47′34″E / 34.255650°S 140.7927°E / -34.255650; 140.7927 (Sandy Island) Also known as Sandy Ridge.
Hunchee Island 34°03′07″S 140°47′36″E / 34.051840°S 140.7933°E / -34.051840; 140.7933 (Hunchee Island)
Little Hunchee Island 34°01′57″S 140°49′28″E / 34.03257899°S 140.82436519°E / -34.03257899; 140.82436519 (Little Hunchee Island) Island located partly within the Chowilla Game Reserve.
Chowilla Island 33°59′19″S 140°52′44″E / 33.98870183°S 140.87895483°E / -33.98870183; 140.87895483 (Chowilla Island) Island located within the Chowilla Game Reserve.
Monoman Island 33°59′19″S 140°52′44″E / 33.98870183°S 140.87895483°E / -33.98870183; 140.87895483 (Monoman Island) Island located within the Chowilla Game Reserve.
Reedy Island 33°57′51″S 140°54′15″E / 33.964280°S 140.9043°E / -33.964280; 140.9043 (Reedy Island) Island located within the Chowilla Game Reserve.
Boat Creek Island 33°57′09″S 140°54′45″E / 33.952530°S 140.912580°E / -33.952530; 140.912580 (Boat Creek Island) Island located within the Chowilla Game Reserve.
Slaney Island 33°57′00″S 140°55′51″E / 33.949990°S 140.930850°E / -33.949990; 140.930850 (Slaney Island) Island located within the Chowilla Game Reserve. Also known as Stanley Island.
Newena Island 33°57′44″S 140°55′55″E / 33.96218883°S 140.93196606°E / -33.96218883; 140.93196606 (Newena Island) Island located within the Chowilla Game Reserve; also known as the Isle of Man.
Punkah Island 33°56′45″S 140°58′04″E / 33.945940°S 140.967860°E / -33.945940; 140.967860 (Punkah Island) Island located within the Chowilla Game Reserve.
Wilpena Island 33°59′50″S 140°59′00″E / 33.99718402°S 140.98329388°E / -33.99718402; 140.98329388 (Wilpena Island) Island located within the Chowilla Game Reserve.
Grand Junction Island 33°58′50″S 140°59′22″E / 33.980640°S 140.989340°E / -33.980640; 140.989340 (Grand Junction Island) Island located within the Chowilla Game Reserve.
Hypurna Island 34°00′12″S 140°59′57″E / 34.00344271°S 140.99915737°E / -34.00344271; 140.99915737 (Hypurna Island) Island which is partly located within the Chowilla Game Reserve, also straddles the border with New South Wales.
Murray River, overlooking Chowilla floodplain from Headings Cliffs, South Australia
Hunchee Island viewed from Headings Cliff on the opposite of the Murray River.
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Katarapko Island as viewed from Loxton.
CSIRO ScienceImage 4403 View of Punkah Creek Chowilla SA
View of Punkah Creek showing both Punkah Island and the mainland.
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