Sturt Reserve Master Plan reimagines Murray Bridge riverfront

A transformation for South Australia’s Rural City of Murray Bridge riverfront is on the way, as the Sturt Reserve Master Plan Design Development by ASPECT Studios prepared in collaboration with TERROIR and Mulloway Studio has been adopted.

The plan reimagines the Council’s premier open space and will significantly enhance visitors’ experiences. Located on Ngarrindjeri Country, the plan will reinforce the destination as a tourist and recreational hub that celebrates the area’s rich cultural heritage.

Reconnecting Sturt Reserve to the town centre, the river and destinations beyond was essential – all whilst prioritising pedestrian and cyclist movement, developing intuitive wayfinding and identifying opportunities for innovative interpretation.


Sturt Reserve Master Plan focuses on the adaptive reuse of industrial site features and fostering a sustainable ecology. A river pool for swimming influenced by historical elements will feature in the play precinct and new areas woven throughout the reserve will act as natural points to gather and celebrate.


The first stage of the ‘Recreation Precinct’ was completed in early 2021, while subsequent stages of works continue to progress including the exciting enhancement of the heritage wharf and tourism precinct.

Sturt Reserve Master Plan

Landscape Architect: ASPECT Studios

Architects: TERROIR and Mulloway Studio 

Engineers: WALLBRIDGE GILBERT AZTEC (WGA)

Client: Rural City of Murray Bridge 

Images: Courtesy of ASPECT Studios

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