The 4 Luxury Stays Reinventing Riverland Accommodation
We love camping and caravanning as much as the next person, but if that’s all you’ve been coming to the Riverland for – then you’ve been missing out. It’s time to explore a bit more and dip your toe into some luxury.
We’re a region you can visit time and time again, and still discover a new enviable accommodation option that will suit your style and travel size.
Visitors often choose our luxurious accommodation options to spend a few days living like royalty, while others want to relish in our impressive river views and the range of spas, pools and big decks that overlook the sun as it sets on the water.
But that’s not all.
Our people know how to deliver for you and your friends, by treating our visitors to unforgettable wining and dining experiences. It’s the cosy coffee stops, diverse cellar doors, family-owned restaurants, sophisticated distillery, relaxing waterfront brewery, historic pubs and more, that will see you falling back in love with a new style of Riverland.
So whether your next visit is with a few of your best mates, an intimate getaway with your partner, or a longer stay with family - you need to check out these 4 accommodation options below.
The Murray River Queen (Renmark)
What: Stationary paddle wheeler
Best suited for: Families (with older children), couples, and friend groups who love being on the river and close to dining and must-do experiences
If you want to base yourself central to the action, the Murray River Queen is perfectly positioned on the Renmark riverfront.
This floating accommodation has several spacious and modern cabins spread across the 3-storeys, fitted out with all the essentials for couples and families. If you’re travelling in a friend group, just ask if you can be neighboured next to each other on the same floor.
When sunset begins to fall, just wait until you find yourself up on that top deck, you’ll want to relax, unwind, enjoy …and repeat.
Some of the best exploring is done by foot. In the morning, get a feel for what Renmark is about with an easy 10-minute walk to where some of the best coffee in town (dare we say the region) can be found.
Arrosto Coffee is known by all the Riverland locals – and for good reason. As soon as you walk into what was the old Renmark fire station, you’ll be greeted with their friendly faces and the delicious aromas of their multi-award-winning blends. After a few sips you’ll most likely leave with a bag of their freshly roasted coffee or Cold Drip coffee. They also stock coffee making equipment so you can master your barista skills from home.
If owner Callum is around, ask him a couple coffee-related questions. You’ll notice he instantly radiates passion – especially if get him talking about the traditional Japanese cold drip techniques used to create their Cold Drip coffee.
If your visit is on a weekend, make sure you get in before lunchtime to grab their famous gourmet brekky burger, otherwise cakes and other treats are readily available each day.
For a more relaxed riverfront dining experience, the Renmark Club is only a stone’s throw from the Murray River Queen, and offers chef-prepared meals using fresh, locally sourced produce.
What: Private luxury self-contained accommodation
Best suited for: Couples who love relaxation, river views, exclusive tailored experiences
Whether you’ve been seeking the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with your significant other, or an excuse to amp up the TLC and reconnect over a glass of bubbles in the heated jacuzzi, The Frames has three extravagant self-contained retreats that will instantly put you in the mood for romance.
If you want to go all out, hire a personal chef to cook a 3-course meal so you can spend the first night getting cosy in your private oasis. There’s also the option for private experiences including a Sunset Gondola Cruise, Wetland and Wildlife Safari, Flavour Safari and Calperum Station Eco-Cultural Tour.
Paringa is only 5-minute drive outside of the Renmark CBD, and while here you can’t miss visiting 23rd Street Distillery. Not only do you need to try their world-class gin, but also stay for their contemporary dining experience and authentic wood-oven pizzas.
If you have time, call ahead and take on a Gin Blending Masterclass, which also includes a complimentary tour and tasting.
If you’re a wine lover, why not see what our Riverland wine region has to offer. The Riverland Wine Centre is the perfect place to start, offering over 26 different wineries. Use the interactive touchscreen storyboards to learn about each of them before picking out the ones that catch your eye for a tasting. While you’re here, pick out some of our local produce to take back to your accommodation to savour while sitting out on the deck.
What: Private self-contained accommodation, joint luxury accommodation
Best suited for: Couples and large friend groups who love golf and luxury
Don’t be fooled – you don’t have to be a golfer to appreciate these architecturally designed properties. The Waikerie Golf and Country Club Villas offer various premium accommodation options depending on the size of your travel group.
The 4 and 6-bedroom Villas are an entertainer’s paradise, coming fully equipped with its own courtyard, and connecting outdoor living areas so you can still preserve your privacy. You can literally step onto the fairway from the deck.
If it’s just the two of you, the Deluxe or Studio Suites are equally as picture-perfect, with everything you could possibly need, as well as a private courtyard facing the fairway.
When you’re not out having a hit on the golf course, we recommend adding these nearby experiences to your trip.
10 minutes down the road is Caudo Vineyard (Cadell), a unique family-owned cellar door sandwiched between the Mighty Murray and 450 acres of lush grapevines and citrus trees. While you’re here, sample their range of boutique wines, delicious sangria, and locally sourced lunch and pizza menu, and find a spot on the manicured lawns to soak up the river views (and live music on a weekend).
Banrock Station has the perfect mix of food, wine and nature. Their passionate commitment to the environment is reflected by how they sustainably produce wine and protect their wetlands. Even the build of their cellar door has been consciously made from rammed earth walls and operates with solar panels. This means while you’re relaxing on the deck overlooking the wetlands while enjoying lunch and a wine tasting, taking a self-guided walk or guided birdwatching tour, you can feel good about supporting a business that pays attention to how it’s protecting the environment.
Further on eastward, is the Historic Overland Corner Hotel. You can easily spend an afternoon sitting under their tree-lined, grassed outdoor beer garden which buzzes with live entertainment on weekends. Owners Brad and Nicole pride themselves on serving localised drinks and food which means they have a menu with incredibly low food miles!
Your visit isn’t finished without exploring further inside this iconic building where the original post office and other historic artefacts from the late 1800s can be found. (And remember to ask them about the haunted ghost room!)
What: Private self-contained accommodation, joint luxury accommodation
Best suited for: Couples, families and friend groups who love relaxation, wine tasting, local gourmet produce and meals, river views, and lawn games
Over at Pike River Luxury Villas, expect to be whisked away into utter relaxation.
Couples will love getting cosy in one of three luxury eco-friendly villas where you can privately indulge in the glistening panoramic views of the Pike and Murray River from your sunken deck spa, stargaze from your sumptuous king-size bed, and settle down in front of the fireplace at the end of the day.
The two apartment villas (that can be linked via the deck) will please everyone in your friend or family group with its touches of luxury and ability to ‘wow’ from the moment you step inside.
Conveniently, just outside your door is the Riverland Wine Centre – this is great news if you love wine tasting, lawn games and a seasonal menu focused on regional produce.
If you can’t go past authentic Italian food, then Salena Estate (Loxton) has just the thing and it’s only 15-minutes away. Make room for premium varietal wines, cocktails and freshly made pasta, wood oven pizzas and traditional antipasto platters. Head chef Vincenzo has perfected the menu and is always coming up with tasty new creations. Don’t expect to be leaving hungry!
If the sun’s shining, find a spot within the welcoming outdoor area, or enjoy the stylish modern cellar door space with chairs dripped in gold, an iconic wall of wine, and unique terrazzo flooring speckled with broken wine bottles. There’s even a floor length mirror in the bathroom entryway, placed specially for the perfect mirror selfie.
While there you might even run into the Salena. She’s a bubbly pocket rocket who loves helping people find their favourite wine. She also runs personal behind-the-scenes tours of the warehouse which is perfect for any wine lover.
Keep an afternoon clear and take a 30-minute drive north to the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery (Murtho). It’s one of the region’s favourite watering holes for both locals and visitors of all ages.
On your way there, pull into the Headings Cliff lookout. It is one of the best spots to take photos of the river and ochre-coloured cliffs.
The former sheep station is full of rich history (with original shearing shed and cottage still standing), an extraordinary outdoor deck area looking out over the river, and an extensive lawn area with more seating.
You can’t beat the freshness of a tap-poured beer. The variety of award-winning beers will please everyone, with the range extending from a blonde pale ale to IPA and stout. There’s also the famous Hard Lemonade, Rude Ruby and The Big Orange options. If you find a favourite, you can grab some to takeaway.
While there’s no kitchen here, you can grab local produce off the shelves to create your own charcuterie platter, or on weekends, work your way over to a food truck.
Now that you’ve mentally packed and planned your next trip, it’s time to make it official and book!