Wondering what to do in the Riverland? Clock on to river time and enjoy all the activities associated with the water. Find out more today.
Riverland of plenty
If your passion is trekking through national parks, birdwatching, marvelling at the history of paddle power, or simply playing a round of golf, there’s no shortage of attractions in the Riverland.
Explore the Murray River from Renmark any way you can – on a houseboat, paddle steamer, canoe or kayak. See the river at sunrise, sunset and moonlight.
Why not enjoy a hit of golf? The Renmark Golf Club is the perfect place for a relaxing day out.
Sit back and smell the roses
The Riverland is famous for its citrus, native foods, wines and wildlife. It’s also home to the national rose collection and largest rose garden in Australia – Ruston’s Rose Garden and Visitor Centre.
Surrounded by more than 4000 rose varieties planted in 26 acres of rose gardens, there is no venue like it in Australia. Motoring enthusiasts will also enjoy the vintage car collection.
Living history at Overland Corner
Visit one of South Australia’s most quirky and historic hotels, boasting bushrangers, ghosts and of course, beer. The hotel dates back to 1859 and in the early 20th century, it also served as the local mail exchange. Today, due to its historic significance, it's now owned by the South Australian National Trust and is still a popular place for visitors to stop and refuel.
The Renmark Hotel also has a rich history, being the first community hotel in the British Commonwealth.
Look to the skies
There are 23 rich and diverse nature reserves in the Riverland to explore. Visit Gluepot Reserve – an international birdwatchers' dream – or the Murray River National Park, which boasts 140 native bird species. The archipelago park is a favourite breeding ground for southern Australian waterfowl.
Hit a "birdie" at one of five spectacular golf courses in the region, located at Waikerie, Barmera, Berri, Loxton and Renmark. The courses feature towering gum trees, abundant flowers and irrigated fairways, and even the odd kangaroo or two. They’re possibly the best kept golfing secrets in South Australia.
Get ready, get set... and get wet
There are 362 kilometres of river running through the Riverland, with ample room for your favourite water-based activity. All you need to do is choose the pace.
Explore the meandering turns in the river, paddle the lush backwaters or let the adrenalin pulse on a fast-paced boat ride. Lake Bonney in Barmera is one of the best destinations for family fun and is popular with yachting enthusiasts, waterskiers, windsurfers and kite-surfers, as well as having some excellent safe swimming areas for the family.
Visit YouTube channel Murray River Life for a series of water-safety videos with etiquette tips and helpful pointers, so yourself and others enjoying the Murray River can be safe while having fun on the water.
Fancy a tipple?
Berri Estates in the Riverland is the biggest winery and distillery in the southern hemisphere and is well worth a visit, along with Kingston Estate, Mallee Estate, Caudo Vineyards, Burk Salter and 919 Wines.
Try brandy at Angove Family Winemakers in Renmark or venture up to Murtho and stop in at the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery: the Riverland's only micro-brewery. Enjoy beer tastings, go on a guided tour or bring your own picnic lunch.
Inspiring the imagination
Aside from the wines and wildlife, the Riverland is home to a thriving arts scene. Create your own Riverland arts trail by visiting the galleries throughout the region and pick up some local arts and crafts along the way.
The River Lands Gallery in Berri is operated by Country Arts SA. It provides a venue for exhibitions touring South Australia and a gallery space for local artists. Waikerie’s Rain Moth Gallery has handcrafted gifts by artisans and artists from the Riverland and around South Australia. It also features monthly exhibitions.
Farming the sun
Visit Lyrup to see Australia’s first and largest privately-owned sun farm. Located at the Pike River Luxury Villas development, solar panels have been used to create sustainable excellence.
Accessible by road or ferry, Lyrup dates back to 1894 and still offers visitors a community club, general store, a winery, accommodation, shady riverbank for picnics and art galleries.
Know-how, local style
The Tree of Knowledge is a weather chart with a difference. This magnificent old river red gum provides historical dates of the high river levels over the years, including the dramatic 1956 flood.
The Riverland is brimming with things to see and do.