Getting to the Riverland

Navigating your way to the Riverland is easy - the hard part is deciding what to do first.

International and interstate visitors can fly to Adelaide – then it’s just an hour’s drive to the region’s western gateway at Blanchetown, or international and interstate visitors can fly to Mildura airport via Melbourne or Sydney – then it’s just over an hour’s drive to the Riverland’s eastern gateway at Renmark.

Recreational flights and charter flights can be made to the Riverland where airfields at Loxton, Renmark and Waikerie provide refuelling facilities and an access point for exploring the region.

The Riverland is easily accessible by car, campervan or with a caravan, with many ways to get to the region. From Adelaide you can travel along Main North Road to the Sturt Highway (A20) where you enter the Riverland at Blanchetown.

From Adelaide you can also travel via the South Eastern Freeway to Tailem Bend and then head north to Karoonda until you enter the Riverland at Loxton.

From Victoria take the Sturt Highway (A20) and from Sydney travel via the Mid-Western Highway (A24) to the Sturt Highway (A20), along with other roads within the state. Travelling west by car you will enter the Riverland at Paringa and Renmark.

Getting around

Travelling by car, campervan or 4WD is the most convenient way to experience the Riverland. Crossing the river is made easy with road bridges at Paringa, Berri, Kingston-on-Murray and Blanchetown, as well as free vehicle ferries at Lyrup, Waikerie, Cadell and Morgan.
You can hire cars in Renmark from Hertz Hire Car and make your way around the region at your own pace. Alternatively, we also reccommend Riverland Passenger Transport who will gladly accommodate all of your transportation requirements.

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.

Arguably the best way to experience the Riverland is on the water itself. Hire a houseboat and spend your days casually exploring the region. Only a driver’s license is required and your houseboat hire company will provide you with an induction on driving a houseboat and its special features.

Transport SA’s Recreational Boating Safety Handbook is a vital tool for all boat users. It’s available free by visiting Riverland water users are reminded to familiarise themselves with the various channel and hazard markers used in the river prior to their visit.  For more information visit

Provides unique access to thousands of kilometres of pristine creeks and river channels. Collect a Canoe Guide from a Riverland Visitor Information Centre for suggested routes and distances. Prior to commencing your paddle, it’s important to select a route and distance that complements your level of fitness. Take it steady and enjoy the serenity in nature’s water wonderland.

Drive on Left in Australia

Take care when driving on Australian roads. Be sure to drive on the left-hand side of two-way roads. Obey the road signs and remember that speed limits are strictly enforced in Australia. You must not drive if your blood alcohol level is 0.05 per cent or higher, nor are you permitted to use a hand-held mobile phone when driving. When travelling long distances plan your journey to include several rest breaks and ensure you have enough fuel for your journey. For your safety and enjoyment slow down, relax, and enjoy the country pace of the Riverland.