South Australian Tourism Commission & Adam Bruzzone
South Australia
RiverlandClock onto river-time! Jump aboard a paddle steamer or houseboat, and start visiting one of the many charming towns littered along the mighty Murray.
Welcome to the South Australian leg of the mighty Murray River, which begins high up in the Australian Alpine and ends at the mouth of the Southern Ocean. Here you can clock onto river time, hire a houseboat, explore stunning conservation parks, cruise past ochre-coloured cliffs, rent a kayak, pull into waterfront towns that are as magnificent as the waterway they line….or simply spend your days with a fishing rod and a cold beer, appreciating nature and the relaxed pace on offer. Welcome to the Riverland.
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Things to do
Explore Murray River National Park
This park contains some of the most visually spectacular and environmentally important areas in the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin. Come and explore the three separate areas that make up the Murray River National Park: Katarapko (Berri/Glossop), Lyrup Flats (Lyrup) and Bulyong Island (Renmark), each of these sections have separate entrances so make sure you familiarise yourself with maps and where these entrances are. 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.
Wander The Village, Historic Loxton
The Village, Loxton has an aura of old-world charm. When entering 'The Village' you will feel like you have been transported back to the late 1890s when the Loxton township was just being developed. Foundations for 'The Village' were laid in the 1970s when the Loxton National Trust branch built a pug and pine replica of 'Loxton's Hut' - there are now over 45 fully furnished buildings and sites depicting and preserving the history and the way early settlers lived. Several buildings are home to the 1956 Murray River Flood exhibition, an amazing collection of photos showing the heartbreak and destruction left when the banks of The Murray overflowed! The whole family will enjoy 'The Village', let parents and grandparents reminisce whilst children learn how those before them once lived.
Have a beer and enjoy the view at Wilkadene, Woolshed Brewery
Woolshed Brewery is located in the historic 100-year-old shearing sheds of Wilkadene Station, located in the Riverland 20 kilometres north of Renmark. Since our first brew day in August 2009, the Woolshed Brewery is fast becoming one of the Riverland's top tourist destinations. With its rich history, stunning riverfront location set amongst beautiful gardens, it is the perfect place to kick back and relax with friends and family whilst enjoying all things Riverland. Brewery tours are available by appointment as well as self-guided tours of the property. Create your own cheese platter from our local produce section or use our free BBQ facilities 7 days a week, or check out our Facebook page for who's catering each weekend. Our award-winning beers, cider and Utopia Hard Lemonade and Rude Ruby range are available for sale on tap as well as take away sales in stubbies. Soft drinks are available for kids and nonbeer drinkers.
Visit Barmera
Barmera is the jewel of the Riverland. The geographical centre of this amazing place is the sparkling freshwater lake which is safe for families, making Barmera the ideal location for your holiday experience. Barmera beckons you to relax, unwind and simply enjoy. Whether you are looking for the excitement of a faster pace, action-packed aquatic getaway or a more leisurely, laid back style of break, Barmera is a great choice. Canoeing in the backwaters and fishing is a popular past-time for visitors and the locals.
Have a tasting flight at Twenty Third Street Distillery
Twenty Third Street Distillery is the new incarnation of a 1914 landmark at 23rd Street, Renmark. Our distillery is steeped in history, yet now it also hums with contemporary inventiveness and fresh creative passion. We're charting new flavour territories with old-school craftsmanship to bring you sensory pleasures savoury and sweet, bright and smooth, contradictory yet united. Kick back at the distillery and linger longer to sip on our award-winning spirits including our popular Signature Gin with tonic. Keep everyone's spirits high with plenty of options including spirit tasting flights, cocktails, beer, wine, coffee and the iconic South Australian Bickford's soft drinks range. Enjoy a relaxed, contemporary dining experience at 23rd Street's Restaurant. Capture the essence of the distillery with dishes inspired by the region and flavours drawn from the historic still house on site. There are plenty of family-friendly options to choose from and when visiting, you must try our popular, authentic Italian wood-fired pizzas.
Relax and play at Lake Bonney
One of South Australia's most popular aquatic playgrounds, freshwater Lake Bonney is the perfect place to spend a day doing almost anything you please. Whether you're a swimmer or boater, Lake Bonney is for you. Canoeists and other boating enthusiasts enjoy great fishing and sightseeing as the lake and adjoining wetlands abound with wildlife. The lake is also popular with water skiers, windsurfers and jet skiers and you'll find excellent safe swimming areas to relax away the hours.
Eat, drink and shop in Berri
Berri is the commercial hub of the Riverland, set amongst a sea of vineyards. It's a popular riverside town and is surrounded by host several attractions worth visiting. Walk the meandering two-kilometre riverfront from Berri to the popular recreational and camping reserve at Martins Bend. Stop in at 919 Wines or Berri Estates, the largest winery and distillery in Australia, or Berri Direct for fruit juices, dried fruits and more. Berri has a range of shopping facilities, accommodation and restaurants including the award-winning Mallee Fowl Restaurant, with good food served inside a former shearing shed filled with Australian memorabilia. Visit Bella Lavender Estate and experience the aromatic fragrance of lavender set amongst a beautiful backdrop of family-owned vineyards and olive trees. You can also relax and enjoy a cappuccino and home-made cake or try some of their lavender based products. Just north of Berri is Monash Adventure Park. This fantastic family destination features giant swings, leaning towers, an exhilarating flying fox and more. Set amongst shady trees and water features, the park offers free barbecue facilities and free admission. The name Berri is taken from an Aboriginal word 'bery bery' meaning 'bend in the river'.
Stay aboard the Murray River Queen
The Murray River Queen is Australia's largest side paddle boat. Located on the riverfront of the Majestic town of Renmark. The Queen is the ultimate experiential Hotel. With a modern Asian fusion restaurant, Regional Cellar door and overnight cabin stays. It provides a food and wine experience not to be missed. Enjoy the tranquillity of the river whilst dining or grazing on local produce. The Queen showcases local produce, wines, beers and cider. Located 3 hours from Adelaide, come visit Renmark, and get some relaxing river time.
Have a hoot at Loveday 4x4 Adventures
Loveday 4x4 Adventure Park is situated on 8000 acres of private property, encompassing all the environmental features to create a perfect place for four-wheel driving adventures. The park also offers Rally and Buggy driving experiences. Plus Jet Ski tours along the river Murray This unique property maintains 14 kilometres of the mighty Murray River with great campsites near the river banks. The campsites are two-wheel drive, caravan and boat friendly. From the river, the property transforms from smooth clay flats, through to creek beds, to deep soft sandhills. The Northern upper part of the property has a mixture of stony hills, through to sandy Mallee scrub. The Loveday Tavern is the heart and soul of the park. There's plenty for the whole family to do. Mum and Dad can relax and enjoy a few drinks at the fully licensed bar, while the kids go and play on the lawn area and playground. See the website for all prices and upcoming events.
Hire a River Murray Houseboats in Renmark
Stay awhile and enjoy some river time aboard one of the award-winning River Murray Houseboats! Proudly owned and operated since 1994, by Riverland locals, Rob and Jenna Hughes, River Murray Houseboats offer exceptional service and holiday packages to suit all occasions. The fleet offers a choice between 7 boats with options catering for up to 12 guests. Whether you're looking for a budget-friendly option or the more luxurious end of the scale, there's a houseboat option to suit you and your travelling buddies. Each boat offers a slightly different layout, with spacious kitchen facilities, air conditioning, bathroom/s, swim deck, TV, some even include the addition of a spa, for total luxury. all you need to do is hop on board with all your supplies! If you can imagine yourself cruising down the River Murray, watching the abundance of wildlife, and experiencing total relaxation - a houseboat holiday is perfect for you!
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