River, Nature & Camping

Clock on to 'River Time' - a relaxed pace of living where Riverland days stretch before you full of possibilities.  

Cruising the river

A trip to the Riverland isn’t complete unless you make a splash. There is 375 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 boating ride.

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The Riverland is set along 362 kilometres of Murray River, with ample room for your favourite water activity. Explore the meandering turns in the river, paddle the lush backwaters or let the adrenalin rush while on a power boat.

Rivergum Cruises offer tranquil cruises on the River Murray for up to ten people in Waikerie. Get up close and personal with nature from different areas of the boat, or sit back and relax in the air-conditioned cabin. Their packages showcase some of the local tourist destinations such as Overland Corner, Banrock Station, Caudo Vineyard and Lock 2 for a unique dining experience. 

Enjoy a peaceful sunrise paddle through the maze of creeks and backwaters.  Canoe Adventures and Canoe the Riverland can guide you through many of the Riverland's water wonderlands.

Canoe Adventures offers tailored kayak tours or kayak hire. Picture yourself, seated comfortably in a kayak, gliding silently along the glassy surface of a creek, the water mirroring the beauty around you, whistling kites calling overhead, and kangaroos having a drink at the water's edge in the golden light of a sunrise or sunset guided kayak tour.  Self-guided hire is also available, with kayak delivery to your desired location, and pick-up downstream for a one-way trip available.

Canoe the Riverland are based in Paringa. They offer both self guided trails and take- away hire. You can launch from their riverside property that offers quiet and easy access to the biosphere and protected backwaters of Woolenook Bend. Alternatively you can take your hire kayaks and canoes with you on your river holiday.

Take an echo cruise through Loch Luna Wetlands aboard Loch Luna Eco Tours or explore Lake Bonney and its surrounding waterways with Unique Cruises in Barmera. Enjoy a close up with the amazing Loch Luna birdlife, whilst you enjoy a light refreshment.

If you are looking for something a little different then the BMS Airboat Elka is an exciting ride. Hop on board airboat 'Elka' and enjoy discovering the sights along the Murray River, many of which you can't see from the land.The fully surveyed, seven seater, six metre long boat has a 454 Chev Motor. With its skid plate it can access the tranquil backwaters where you will be amazed at the wonderful birdlife that exists.Long and short tours are available and can be tailored to your requirements.

The PS Industry is moored at the Renmark Wharf and is open for inspection most days.Steaming days are held on the first Sunday of each month, Long Weekends and selected days throughout the year. PS Industry also charters by arrangement.

You can hire canoes and dinghys from one our local operators and explore the creeks and wildlife or a spot of fishing at your own pace.

The Murray River's waters cater for just about anything: rowing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding and jet skiing. Barmera's Lake Bonney is perfect for any water and wind-assisted activities including kite surfing and sailing. A graded shoreline also offers a safe swimming environment for families.


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Camping & Fishing

The Riverland boasts numerous peaceful campsites including National Parks or free sites along red gum-lined creeks and river banks that stretch for thousands of kilometres. Plan a quiet camping trip during the cooler months and enjoy the clean air, tranquillity, outdoor cooking and even try fishing for your next meal.
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Fishing Regulations

Fishing Regulations
Anglers should note that some species are protected, there are closed seasons and size and bag limits apply. If you’re unsure of any regulations, send a free text message with just the name of the fish to the SMSFish number: 0427 767 995. You’ll receive an immediate response with the official size, bag and boat limit that applies to that species, as well as closed season information. Alternately, phone 1800 065 522 or visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing

National Parks 

Camping Parks that require a permit include Murray River National Park, Danggali Conservation Reserve, Chowilla Game Reserve and Loch Luna Game Reserve.
Click here to download the ‘Parks of the Riverland’ or 'Camping in SA National Parks' Brochures.


Mornings and evenings are the best times for fishing year-round; during the cooler months the climate is perfect for fishing all day. Finding a secret spot is part of the fishing journey.

Deep holes, sand bars, under logs, slight current, below the locks and beneath willows are all prime fish habitats at different times of the day and year. The most popular angling and eating fish is Callop, also known as Golden Perch or Yellow Belly.

The legendary Murray Cod can grow to more than a metre and is a prized catch, complete with bragging rights, but they must be returned to the water after you’ve taken the photo. During some months and in certain locations the Murray Cod is a protected species, call 1800 065 522 before your trip.

The famous Murray River yabby is typically abundant from October to April, especially after high winter and spring flows. It is a delicacy and great fun to catch. Native fish baits are popular and include shrimp and small yabbies caught in small nets.

Fishing tackle stores and many local general stores will carry a supply of fishing lures and worms, along with nets for fresh bait catching. For keen fishers and novices, or parents taking the kids on their first fishing trip, there is easy road access to most parts of the Murray River for bank fishing. All the major towns have boat ramps providing easy access for boat fishers to explore the river and the creeks.


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National Parks


It’s easy to get off the beaten track and explore this relatively untouched environment, especially in the national parks and protected areas that include long stretches of river, wetlands and large areas of mallee. Riverland parks represent some of the most visually spectacular and environmentally important areas in the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin and wonderful opportunities for camping, canoeing, fishing and bushwalking.

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Parks SA

To plan your Riverland nature escape visit the Parks SA website at www.parks.sa.gov.au or call the DEWNR Information Line (08) 8204 1910. You’ll find national park passes and permits for purchase, a full range of free guides and maps for download and the latest fire and safety information.
 

 

Explore by Canoe

Explore the picturesque flood plains of Murray River National Park The lush habitat of Murray River National Park has three areas for you to discover – Katarapko, Lyrup Flats and Bulyong Island. This archipelago (group of islands) park is a favourite breeding ground for southern Australian waterfowl and a paradise for birdwatchers. See how many of the site’s 140 native bird species you can spot. Soak in the tranquil surrounds of the magic Murray as you bushwalk and canoe, or wet a line at Katarapko Creek – a popular fishing spot for Golden perch and yabbies.

Camp by still waters at Chowilla Game Reserve and Regional Reserve With an Aboriginal name meaning ‘place of good spirits’, or ‘good camping place’, Chowilla is the perfect spot to pitch a tent or power up a caravan. The park’s peaceful billabongs and creek systems support an abundance of native birds and aquatic life, making it a great destination for birdwatching, canoeing and fishing. Photographers are in for a treat with Chowilla’s stately river red gums providing a backdrop for the park’s spectacular sunsets.

Marvel at the vastness of Danggali Conservation Park and Wilderness Protection Area Immerse yourself in nature at Australia’s first Biosphere Reserve. With its abundance of native birds and aquatic life, and diverse ecology ranging from mallee wilderness to arid wetlands, it is little wonder Danggali has been sanctioned by the United Nations for its international conservation significance. If remote camping is your thing then you will relish Dangalli’s woodland campsites in the cooler months where you can sleep under a blanket of stars in places untouched by the crowds. The Park also houses some fascinating relics of pastoral history that you can explore.

Paddle to spot parrots and pelicans at Morgan Conservation Park. A canoe is your key to exploring the lagoons, swamps and creek systems of Morgan Conservation Park. Glide past stately river red gums and keep your eyes peeled for some pretty amazing birdlife, including colourful Regent parrots, pelicans and White-faced herons.

Birdlife

The Riverland is a ‘twitchers’ paradise, the network of National Parks and protected wetlands mean there is always an abundance of birdlife. Visitors and locals alike are constantly delighted by glimpses of these rare beauties around secluded bends and peaceful clearings.

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The Riverland is a ‘twitchers’ paradise, the network of National Parks and protected wetlands mean there is always an abundance of birdlife. Visitors and locals alike are constantly delighted by glimpses of these rare beauties around secluded bends and peaceful clearings.

Murtho Forest Reserve has examples of spectacular cliff formations, with swallows nesting under ledges, kingfishers burrowing into tunnels and Peregrine falcons perching on ledges to observe their prey. On the floodplain and wetlands at Loch Luna Game Reserve or Moorook Game Reserve, you may see ducks, swans, spoonbills, ibis and egrets

Every spring the beautiful Rainbow Bee-eater returns from northern Australia to nest in the sandy soils along the river, heading north once more in the autumn.

In Brookfield Conservation Park you may see Regent parrots feeding in the mallee landscapes, before returning to their red gum hollows along the river. Bronze-wing pigeons will barrel through the woodlands at dusk for an evening drink at the river, and return in a similar hurry.

Banrock Station Wetlands offers fantastic opportunities for bird watching through its network of bird hides situated along the boardwalk. Featuring fantastic interpretive information and strategically placed seating Banrock provides a rewarding experience for the novice twitcher through to the more experienced bird enthusiast. 

Wildlife

The Riverland is a guaranteed wildlife experience. Mallee landscapes and bluebush plains found north and south of the river corridor, are home to Red kangaroos, emus and mighty Wedge-tailed eagles. If you are very quiet you might see a native water rat, a giant goanna sunning itself on a tree or an echidna foraging for ants.
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With ample opportunities to view and photograph a range of native animals and birdlife both on and off the water. Take a guided eco tour by canoe or dinghy or experience the pristine natural environment on foot with one of the many established walking trails.

With an extensive network of National Parks and unspoilt wilderness the region is home to a large number of different native animals (fauna). Of these, there are many endangered animal species: 35 species of birds, 16 species of mammals and over 35 fish species.

It is common to see kangaroos and emus drinking on the banks of the river and its creeks during summer, dwarfed by majestic red gums with hollows containing bats and parrots and hungry river goannas.

Mallee landscapes and bluebush plains found north and south of the river corridor, are home to red kangaroos, wombats, emus and mighty Wedge-tailed eagles and occasionally the echidna is seen waddling through the bush.

Pelicans wander leisurely along the riverfront and Kangaroos roam freely among local golf courses.

The Riverland has a strong focus on protecting its unique natural assets and as such there are a number of protection and breeding programmes hosted in the region.