Stretching from the Victorian-South Australian border at Yamba and Paringa in the east to Blanchetown and Morgan to the west, the Riverland contains some of South Australia’s most productive agricultural land – along with a unique wilderness environment of wetlands and floodplain forest created by 375 kilometres of meandering Murray River.
The Murray, Australia’s longest waterway, naturally remains the focus of attention, offering a myriad of water-based activities, such as houseboating, kayaking, waterskiing or cruising on a historic paddle steamer.
Explore the colourful history of the region by wandering through the museums and interpretive walking trails or hopping on a ferry or paddle steamer on the river. Inspect the lock and weir system which dates back to 1922, and don’t miss the lifting span bridge in Paringa.
The many landscapes of the Riverland support a diverse range of native species and are especially rich in birdlife. The Murray River National Park is home to over 140 different bird species. Guided canoe expeditions and small group eco-cruises are now widely available.
Food lovers will find plenty to keep them satisfied. Famous for its citrus fruit, the Riverland produces a vast array of delights including almonds, stone fruit, avocados, capers and olive oil. Fresh produce can be purchased at roadside stalls, farmers markets and specialist retail outlets.
Wine tasting is another popular activity in the Riverland, one of Australia’s most important grape growing regions. There are now 25 wineries located from Renmark to Blanchetown – several operate cellar doors.
For a different taste sensation, why not try one of the local craft beers at the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery?
With its ochre-coloured cliffs, water sports, delicious produce, proud pioneer history and vibrant arts scene, the Riverland offers something special for every type of traveller – from romantic couples to energetic family groups. The rest, as they say, is up to you.
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