As part of a vital trading route predating rail, the Riverlands region share a common, vibrant history, and offer historic landmarks, breathtaking flora and fauna, and dining aplenty thanks to the Mediterranean climate, fertile soil and freshwater supply. In October, you can sample the huge variety at the annual Riverland Wine & Food Festival in Berri, or visit the 10-day-long Renmark Rose Festival.
Offering incredible bird-watching, fishing and water activities, the majestic River Murray (Australia's longest river at 2,250 km) winds its way past sandstone cliffs, graceful old River Red Gums and vast tracks of mallee country on its journey throughout the region.
If you love the great outdoors, both regions offer fantastic opportunities to explore by land or water, or spend time simply lazing riverside, taking in the relaxed pace of life and tranquil surrounds.
With Morgan barely two hours out of Adelaide, you can set your sights on a weekend Riverland adventure. In Morgan Conservation Park, opposite town, you can search the steeply-cut limestone cliffs for fossils and Aboriginal artefacts thought to be at least 16,000 years old, or simply admire the lake views.
A short drive north of Paringa will take you to the Murtho Forest Reserve, famous for the Heading Cliffs Lookout that affords quintessential views of the Murray, before whetting your whistle north at Wilkadene Station, home to the Woolshed Brewery.
A stone's throw from Berri and Monash, you'll find the 100-hectare Wilabalangaloo Flora and Fauna Reserve. Here on a cliff-lined trail, you can admire rare stands of blue-leaved Mallee, native jasmine and abundant Australian bugle in bloom early spring. Southwards in Berri, spy the 'wide bend in the river' from the Berri Lookout Tower, or see it up close by canoe.
At Barmera, Riverland's geographical centre, kick back on the grassy banks of Lake Bonney. Sandy and shallow, Lake Bonney is great for swimming and suitable for watercraft with plenty of fish-attracting birds. A kayak or canoe is an eco-friendly way to explore some of the 1,000 kilometres of wetlands and winding backwater passages found in the Riverland, many which are only accessible by canoe.
You'll never run out of exciting scenic walks throughout the region—there's something for all experience levels. Here are four of our favourites:
For more Walking trails in the Riverlands & Murraylands, click here to visit Walking SA's website.
With nearly 20 caravan parks throughout the Riverlands & Murraylands, you’re sure to find the perfect home on or near the river during your stay.
Caravan parks offer a range of facilities, sites and cabin accommodation from budget to luxury, including amenities such as camp kitchens with shiny stainless steel appliances to barbecue areas, kids’ playgrounds, pools, equipment hire, games rooms, fish cleaning stations and much more. Many parks cater for motorhomes and recreational vehicles with dump points available throughout the region.
There are many prime spots to camp throughout the Flinders Ranges & Outback, but you’ll want to check first to see what permits (if any) are needed, and if transferable between parks.
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