Riverland Towns

The Murray River’s riverside towns are as diverse as the magnificent waterway they line. Scroll down to view towns or click on an icon below to view more towns.

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Paringa

Check out the historic lift spanning bridge, take a nature stroll, shop for unique gifts and local artwork or sample a truly local brew.
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Paringa 

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Paringa

Check out the historic lift spanning bridge, take a nature stroll, shop for unique gifts and local artwork or sample a truly local brew.

Head south-east from Renmark and you’ll find the small town of Paringa, named after an Aboriginal word meaning ‘big bend in the river’.

Start at the historic lifting span bridge, officially opened in 1927, which rises twice daily for river traffic. Take a stroll through the Paringa Paddock Nature Walk where you may see a koala or two in the treetops. Bert Dix Park is a great spot to fish, relax and enjoy a picnic on the river, or relax on the lawns overlooking the working Lock 5.

Visit the Renmark Paringa Community Museum, which displays a number of small and large stationary engines, old farm machinery, tractors, static displays and various items of rural significance. Stop in and browse through the wonderful collection on offer at Cammies Antiques & Collectables.

Meet Stephen Everingham, the resident artist at the Goanna Hill Gallery, drawn to paint from a creative conviction and purpose and inspired by the spectacular and uniqueness of the surrounding dry lands and riverscape areas, the fauna and flora and the labyrinth of the pioneering historical significance.

Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery is the home of the local beer ‘Amazon Ale’, named after the stunning Amazon Creek, just one-kilometre upstream from historic Wilkadene Homestead. Take some time out to sample the range on the sun drenched deck which overlooks the pristine river frontage. 


From Paringa, take Murtho Road to Headings Cliff Lookout, where you can admire stunning river views and golden limestone cliffs. Slightly further on you’ll come to the historic port of Customs House (32 kilometres from Paringa), which is the closest point to the SA, VIC and NSW border and is home to a great bush wetland walk. Customs House is a popular spot to visit in a houseboat. From here you can explore the upper reaches of the Murray River in South Australia and even cross the border into New South Wales and Victoria.

Several houseboat fleets await your booking, offering access to some of the most beautiful and remote sections of the River Murray.

Renmark

Home of the first houseboats on the Murray River and Australia’s largest rose garden, Renmark is a popular spot for water sports, including canoeing, water skiing and wakeboarding, golfing, the arts and an emerging wedding destination.

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Renmark

Home of the first houseboats on the Murray River and Australia’s largest rose garden, Renmark is a popular spot for water sports including water skiing, wake boarding, golfing, the arts and an emerging wedding destination.

Named after an Aboriginal word meaning ‘red mud’, Renmark is Australia’s first irrigation settlement.

The first houseboats launched on the Murray River in 1961, Liba Liba, Houseboats are one of the several houseboat fleets based in Renmark, making it easy to hire a floating palace and explore this section of the river by boat.

If your looking to get active on the water pedal boats, dinghies, canoes and kayaks are all available for hire but if you’re after a ski boat and equipment it’s always best to bring your own. The Renmark Riverfront Caravan Park and the Renmark Riverbend Caravan Park are popular family waterskiing resorts in summer and perfect locations for peaceful holidays all year round.

Dine on the balcony of the historic Renmark Hotel, the first community hotel in the British Commonwealth; or enjoy the magnificent vista from the nearby Renmark Club — two superb venues that are attracting destination weddings to the Riverland.

The Renmark Country Club is the perfect 19th hole overlooking Renmark’s 18 hole golf course and a regular mob of kangaroos.


Take in a movie or a live performance at the celebrated Chaffey Theatre while enjoying your stay, or ride on the historic paddle-steamer PS Industry when it fires up on the first Sunday of each month and schedules unique day trips upstream to Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery and downstream to Berri. River Lady Eco Cruises offer fully-catered and hosted three to 10 day river cruises. Riverland Leisure Canoe Tours also run fantastic guided sunrise, sunset and moonlight canoe tours.

The five-kilometre Renmark Riverfront Town Heritage Walk, also suitable to cycle, interprets historical information about the town and Murray River. This passes the beautiful riverfront esplanade where at dusk a family of possums emerge. There is a number of other walking and bike trails available in the area, with one taking you across the historic Paringa bridge.

Make sure you take time to ‘stop and smell the roses’ at Ruston’s Rose Garden featuring – the largest rose collection in the Southern Hemisphere. It is home to the national rose collection and hosts a glorious mix of modern and heritage varieties, as well as a popular vintage car display.

In October each year the town hosts the Renmark Rose Festival. The 10-day event features open gardens, an indoor display of cut roses, art exhibitions, self-guided walks, paddle boat cruises, flower arranging demonstrations, local tours and a cabaret.

The Canadian-born Chaffey brothers’ original home, Olivewood Estate, is now a National Trust museum. While the Frank Harding Collection presents an incredible bush ranger ceiling mural and a series of aviation paintings.

At Chowilla Station, stay in the old shearers’ quarters close to the banks of the Murray River to explore the pristine natural bushland or discover this peaceful location on a houseboat or by canoe.

If you want to tour the area by car, follow the 43 kilometre Renmark Tourist Drive, which showcases a mix of attractions, historic buildings and scenic spots.

Waikerie

Observe the prolific birdlife at Gluepot Reserve, treat your tastebuds with local chocolates and other gourmet goodies or hire a houseboat and leisurely cruise the expansive pristine waters.
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Waikerie  

Observe the prolific birdlife at Gluepot Pot Reserve, treat your tastebuds with local chocolates and other gourmet goodies or hire a houseboat and leisurely cruise the expansive pristine waters.

Waikerie was established in 1894 when its first settlers arrived by paddle-steamer. Large fruit plantings now surround the farming community and the town is truly the centre of the citrus and fruit industry in South Australia.

IThe name Waikerie is said to mean ‘many wings’, named after the giant swift moth ‘wei kari’, given by the original Indigenous community. It’s an appropriate name, considering the teeming bird life in the lagoons and wetlands that edge the river.

Here, you’ll find one of the longest stretches of accessible riverbank and the width of the river makes it popular for water sports, fishing and excellent for houseboats. The town is also justly proud of its 18 hole, bunker-less golf course.

The river boasts beautiful lawn- covered banks, with barbeque facilities, shelters, shady trees, a children’s’ playground, swimming jetty and rest room facilities.

A trip across the ferry and a turn to the right onto Devlin Pound Road will take you on a cliff top scenic drive of the river with rewarding views. On the northern side of the Murray, via the ferry, drive eight kilometres to Broken Cliffs to see magnificent rock formations and spectacular river views. This area also has a sheltered picnic spot on the banks of the river.

Found in pristine bushland, Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve, approximately 50 kilometres north of Waikerie, is a birdwatcher’s paradise and renowned for prolific and rare birdlife and great bush camping. Before starting the 14 trails or the newly developed self-drive trail, visit the Michael Hyde Interpretive Centre to collect all the information you need to plan for a great wildlife experience. Allow a full day to experience this reserve as it is home to rare and endangered plants, animals and birds, including 18 nationally threatened bird species. Guided tours are available for a fee, by appointment. Camping is also available for self-sufficient travellers.

For spectacular views of the river, with excellent photo opportunities, head off on the two-kilometre cliff top walk near the ferry in Waikerie. Walking enthusiasts will also enjoy the Hart Lagoon walking trails.

Make your way to Stockyard Plains and learn about the Salt Interception Scheme for the Murray River. The key is available from the Waikerie Visitor Information Centre.

For those daredevils in the group, the Waikerie Gliding Club offers flying classes and experience flights, including a chance to try your hand at the controls.

The kids will love getting close to kangaroos and emus at the fauna reserve near the caravan park – the shady trees offer the perfect location for a family picnic.

Located in the town centre, the Rainmoth Gallery features an extensive range of local art, including photography, paintings and pottery. Here, find a good range of affordable art and craft pieces for sale.

Be sure to sample Waikerie’s local produce, with dried fruit, quality coffee, fine wines, olive oil and other gourmet foods on offer. Located just next door, enjoy a great coffee and the superb valley view from the deck of the Viewpoint Cafe and then stop in at Illalangi Gourmet Foods, sample their olive oils and dukkas and stroll through their recently established indigenous interpretive garden.

Winkie

Soothe your senses with a trip to the regions only Lavender farm on your way to a night under the stars at Katarapko National Park
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Winkie

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Winkie

Soothe your senses with a trip to the regions only Lavender farm on your way to a night under the stars at Katarapko National Park.

South of Glossop is the small, welcoming town of Winkie.

Set among five acres and home to 2500 plant varieties, Bella Lavender Estate is a popular tourist attraction with great coffee and award winning lavender oils. Choose to walk amid the heavenly fragrant rows of lavender, stop for a bite to eat at the Mediterranean-style coffee shop or play a round of minigolf.


Winkie also provides access to the Katarapko National Park a popular recreation area catering for camping, fishing, walking, and birdwatching as well as canoeing and kayaking.