Riverland Towns

The Murray River’s riverside towns are as diverse as the magnificent waterway they line. Scroll down to view towns or click on an icon below to view more towns.

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Barmera 

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Lake Bonney at sunset 

Barmera 

Relax on the sunny shores of Lake Bonney, or join in the action water skiing, kite-surfing or learning to sail.
Spend time perfecting your swing at the Barmera Golf course, or enjoy a meal at the Barmera Hotel.

The name Barmera came from the Aboriginal word Barmeedjie meaning Lake. The lake itself was named after Charles Bonney who saw it on the first overland trek from Sydney to Adelaide in 1838.

Throughout the year, the town comes alive for many festivals and events. The Barmera Main Street Markets, open on the first Sunday of most months, are worth visiting to buy local produce, arts and crafts.

Lake Bonney is extremely popular with yachting enthusiasts, water skiers, windsurfers and kite-surfers, as well as having some excellent safe swimming areas for the family. Canoeists and other boaters will enjoy superb fishing and sightseeing, and the adjoining wetlands abound with wildlife.

In 1964, Barmera received notoriety when the world-renowned speed record breaker Donald Campbell and his dedicated team attempted to break the World Water Speed Record, reaching speeds of up to 216mph on Lake Bonney.

For those after an action holiday, there’s also the beautiful Barmera Golf Course for a round of golf, a free playground and skate-park adjacent to the lake and the Barmera Playspace is a great adventure to keep the kids entertained.

In June each year, the town hosts the South Australian Country Music Festival & Awards attended by country music lovers from all over Australia. Visitors can also get a country music fix throughout the year by visiting Rocky's Country Music Hall of Fame. Don't miss the "Big Guitar" and the "Hands of Fame", displaying the hand prints of famous International and Australian artists such as Slim Dusty, Smokey Dawson, Reg Lindsay and Buddy Williams, along with over 150 other noted local entertainers.

Located on the north side of Lake Bonney, Napper’s Ruins was once a hotel built for former workers of Cobdogla Station. The Lake Bonney Hotel consisted of 11 rooms that included a well-stocked bar and an eating room that could cater for 12 people – this room was occasionally used as a dance space. Interpretive information is now located around the site and is an interesting place to visit.

Discover the history of the town and its charming between-war architecture on the Barmera Heritage Walk – visit the Barmera Visitor Information Centre for details.

Berri

Known for roadside stalls selling fresh citrus and stone fruit, Berri one of the commercial hubs of the Riverland, with extensive shopping outlets and a beautiful green riverfront complete with alfresco dining options.
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Berri

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Riverland Farmers Market
 

Berri  

Known for roadside stalls selling fresh citrus and stone fruit, Berri one of the commercial hubs of the Riverland, with extensive shopping outlets and a beautiful green riverfront complete with alfresco dining options.

The town of Berri takes its name from the Aboriginal word 'bery bery' meaning 'bend in the river' and was proclaimed in 1911.


Well-known fresh produce stalls are located on the outskirts of town, or you can purchase local goods from the Berri Visitor Information Centre. Alternatively, pick up your fresh produce requirements from the Riverland Farmers’ Market, held each Saturday morning.

There is a range of dining in and around Berri, try the uniquely themed Mallee Fowl Restaurant for a quality meal in quirky surroundings.


Berri Hotel stands magnificent on the waterfront, offers both cafe and restaurant options and is the starting point for a relaxing stroll.

Inspect the mural under Berri’s bridge that depicts the Aboriginal heritage of the area and visit the installation that stands in tribute to Australia’s famous Aboriginal tracker, Jimmy James.

Walk the four-kilometre riverfront walk from Berri to the popular recreational and camping reserve at Martins Bend – a great spot to sit back and relax. Or climb the Water Tower Lookout for a different view of the river and town.


Discover the creeks and backwaters with Canoe Adventures offering hire as well as guided tours and expeditions. This is a truly unforgettable experience to view the natural beauty and diversity of the Murray River.

Or take in Berri from a different angle, meandering among the creeks and backwaters on an air boat ride.

Another place to visit is the River Lands Gallery, which features a fantastic monthly exhibition, with both touring exhibitions and local work.

Blanchetown

This relaxed holiday town is nestled on the cliffs of the Murray and features two bridges spanning the majestic waterway. Blanchetown is made up of river shacks and uncrowded stretches of calm water ideal for activities all year round, on or off the water.
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Blanchetown

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Blanchetown

This relaxed holiday town is nestled on the cliffs of the Murray and features two bridges spanning the majestic waterway. Blanchetown is made up of river shacks and uncrowded stretches of calm water ideal for activities all year round, on or off the water. 

Learn about Blanchetown’s involvement in the lock and weir system or visit Brookfield Conservation Park, a breeding ground for the Southern Hairy-nosed wombats that graze on the western side of the river. At the end of the day, drop into the Blanchetown Hotel for a drink on the deck overlooking Lock 1, on the Murray River.

As you cross the Murray on the Sturt Highway, amaze at the breadth of the Murray River bordered by spectacular creamy limestone cliffs over 20 million years old – the perfect setting for a house boating holiday. The old bridge provides a superb viewing area for the fleets of pelicans gathered below the lock waiting for their catch.

Sample some wine at Burk Salter Cellar door or hop on board their immaculately restored 1927 Chevrolet Truck for a private tour of the vineyard and adjoining wetland area.

Visit Griffens Marina, now home to a range of luxury houseboats that in years gone by was a popular mooring spot for paddle steamers. The PS Pyap built in 1896 would regularly tie up at the riverbank to sell goods from further upstream. You can still see the word Pyap engraved on the old river redgum next to the hire boats at the marina. 

Blanchetown has some fantastic riverfront holiday homes for hire and River Shack Rentals manage some of the best!

Cadell

Home of the great Murray River Giant Pumpkin Competition, Cadell  features one of the most amazing natural limestone cliff amphitheatres overlooking the magnificent Murray River, accessible wetlands and significant native plant life.
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Cadell

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Walking Trails in Cadell

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Cadell

Home of the great Murray River Giant Pumpkin Competition, Cadell features one of the most amazing natural limestone cliff amphitheatres overlooking the magnificent Murray River, accessible wetlands and significant native plant life.

This rich citrus-growing area near Morgan, the town of Cadell was named after Captain Francis Cadell, the first Riverboat Captain to navigate the Murray River in 1853.

Cadell regularly attracts ‘twitchers’ to its bird hides; and international botanists to the unique varieties of Prickly Bottlebrush. The trail through the wetlands is marked with informative signs about the birdlife and the ecosystem, and is fascinating to explore.

Houseboaters and visitors can enjoy the riverfront lawned area, featuring majestic river cliffs as its backdrop – it’s the perfect place for a lazy ‘River Time’ picnic. There’s also a playground, barbeques and camping facilities available.

Cadell is also home to the annual Cadell Harvest Festival on Easter Saturday which features quirky events like cockroach racing, the hay bale Easter Egg Hunt, a Carp throwing competition and the famous Giant Pumpkin Competition.

Talk to the locals at the Cadell Club and enjoy true country hospitality and the best fish and chips you have ever tasted!!!! Campers, RV’s and Caravaners are welcome at the oval and take the time to meander through the Cadell Historic Interpretative Centre.


Cobdogla

The tongue-twister named Cobdogla (an Aboriginal word meaning ‘land of plenty’) is home to unique historical treasures and one of the region’s best live entertainment venues.
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Cobdogla

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Cobdogla

The tongue-twister named Cobdogla (an Aboriginal word meaning ‘land of plenty’) is home to unique historical treasures and one of the region’s best live entertainment venues .

Much of the land to the west of Overland Corner into New South Wales was taken up under a pastoral lease in 1846 by John Chambers, who raised purebred horses for the police and military. It’s now a great family getaway, with a riverfront caravan park and museum. 

The Cobdogla Irrigation & Steam Museum houses the impressive Humphrey Pump – the only working pump of its kind in the world. It’s gas-driven and fed by water from Joiner’s Lagoon near the site of the original Cobdogla Station Homestead. See the pump in action and then take a ride on Margaret the Steam Train. Diesel train rides are also available for a small fee, by arrangement.

The Cobdogla and District Club was officially opened as a Community Club in 1958 eight years after the community started work on developing and funding the project. Today the “Cobby Club” continues its strong community spirit and provides a family friendly environment. Check out their regular weekend live gigs with a focus on local bands.


Glossop

Take the scenic drive from Berri past lush vineyards and roadside produce stalls to the town of Glossop home to one of Australia’s largest wineries.
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Glossop

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Glossop

Take the scenic drive from Berri past lush vineyards and roadside produce stalls to the town of Glossop home to one of Australia’s largest wineries.

The town was named after Vice Admiral J.C. Glossop, Commander of HMAS Sydney that sank the German raider Emden during World War I.

An anchor situated out the front of the town’s motel is a memorial to this commander.

Visit Berri Estates Winery and Cellar door and marvel at the size and storage capacity of Australia's largest single operating winery and distillery complex.

On a smaller scale drop into 919 Wines cellar door and sample their award winning hand crafted wines produced from low yielding vineyards that concentrate flavours. The wine range is well suited to warmer climates. Try their fortified wines for which they are developing quite a reputation. The family owned and run winery focuses on using grape varieties which thrive in a Mediterranean climate making them perfectly at home in the warm Riverland.