Follow Australia's longest river - the Murray River - with a self-drive itinerary. You can sample food, wine and beer, all made possible by the river.
Come by car
If you're south of Adelaide, take the South Eastern Freeway (M1) via Murray Bridge, and then head north to the Riverland. If travelling from Victoria, take the Sturt Highway (A20) from Sydney; travel via the Mid-Western Highway (A24) to the Sturt Highway (A20), along with other roads within the state.
The River and Wine self-drive itinerary is a great option if you want to take the scenic route. Allow six days’ travelling time from either Sydney or Melbourne. Highlights include towns along the Murray River, Clare Valley and Barossa.
Pull over and take a moment. No matter where you travel, the Riverland's views are incredible.
Be your own tour guide
Travel by car, campervan or four-wheel drive (4WD) to experience the best of the Riverland. Crossing the river is easy with road bridges at Paringa, Berri, Kingston-on-Murray and Blanchetown, as well as free vehicle ferries at Lyrup, Waikerie, Cadell and Morgan.
Each ferry, named after a local native bird, operates 24 hours, seven days a week, unless otherwise advertised. These ferries can accommodate large vehicles, including caravans and campervans. For information on ferry services, phone (08) 8532 8112 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
Ahoy there, captain!
Arguably the best way to experience the Riverland is on the water itself. Hire a houseboat and spend your days casually exploring the region via the Murray River. Only a driver’s licence is required and your houseboat hire company will provide you with an introduction to driving a houseboat and its special features.
Paddle in a canoe or kayak for unique access to thousands of kilometres of pristine creeks and river channels.
Off the beaten track
There are several conservation parks and reserves to explore in the Riverland.
Bakara Conservation Park and Billiatt Wilderness Protection Area (located west and south of Loxton) boast superb mallee landscapes. At Banrock Station, sandy tracks and four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles make a trip to the mallee parks a wonderful experience in the cooler months.
For more information about exploring the Riverland’s public and private conservation reserves, grab a brochure from a Riverland visitor information centre.
Remember, the speed limit in our conservation parks is 40 kilometres per hour. If you’re in sand dunes or thick scrub, stick to existing wheel ruts. Reduce your tyre pressure when driving in sand. Look out for oncoming vehicles, pedestrians and animals. It’s remote but you’re not alone. Setup camp at one of the marked sites inside the parks. Fees may apply.
Leave yourself some time to take a good look around the Riverland.