A natural place to spend some River Time.
If the idea of getting back to nature appeals, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more inspiring place for some outdoor adventure and fun than the picturesque Riverland.
It’s all here — camping, fishing, canoeing (or kayaking), bushwalking, mountain biking, birdwatching, clifftop walks, stunning lookouts, four-wheel driving, and much more. With a little planning, a Riverland nature break could be just the thing to escape the drudgery of city life for few days (or longer).
Firstly, let’s take a look at where to set up camp.
If you’re a keen camper, you’ll know there’s nothing quite like pitching your tent (or parking your van) on the bank of a quiet creek or lagoon and experiencing nature firsthand. Imagine waking to mirror-like water where the only sounds are the early chatter of cheeky cockatoos and the occasional flop of fish leaping for a hopeful meal of unsuspecting insects.
Right throughout the Riverland, there are many National Parks, Conservation Parks and Game Reserves where choice, off-the-grid camping spots abound. These include free camping, and camping areas where fees will need to be sorted beforehand. Not sure where they are? A handy location reference for camping spots in the Riverland can be found here. Of course, if you prefer your camping to be more upmarket, there are caravan and holiday parks in stunning locations dotted throughout the region boasting a range of amenities to please even the most discerning ‘glamper.’
The tent’s up, the campfire’s lit, what’s next?
One thing a nature lover can be guaranteed while camping in the Riverland is the diverse range of activities. Use your campsite as a base to explore this incredible region:
• Capture the subtle colours of the bush with a brush or camera. With such a diverse range of ecosystems like wetlands, forests, mallee scrubs, floodplains, cliffs, water courses, lagoons, landscapes, and sandscapes, you’re sure to find inspiration any time of the day.
• Marvel at the incredible opportunities to view hundreds of species of birds in their natural habitat in the many National Parks, Conservation Parks and Game Reserves
• Break out the walking boots and wander the many bushwalking trails, clifftop walks, and wetlands boardwalks
• Grab the binoculars (and camera) and check out the stunning views of the river from clifftops or lookouts
• Discover the Riverland from a different perspective and hire a bike to explore Riverland towns and their surrounds
• Bring a canoe (or hire one) and paddle along the river or explore one of the many little creeks and lagoons while nature entertains you with the peaceful sounds of birds and insects.
• Or, simply find a nice peaceful spot to throw in a line
And while we’re talking fish…
Fishing in the Riverland is always rewarding and a relaxing way to lose yourself for a while. Mornings and evenings are best for fishing year-round, but in the cooler months, the Riverland climate is perfect for all-day angling. Callop are plentiful, and great eating, as are yabbies. You might be lucky enough to hook an elusive Murray Cod: just be aware that catch and release regulations are in place. Also note: some species (Carp and Redfin) are noxious and can’t be returned to the river, while some are fully protected. Closed seasons, size, and bag limits apply for freshwater angling. Visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing or phone 1800 065 522 if you’re unsure of any regulations.
Don’t forget all the other great thing the Riverland offers.
Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you can’t experience other things the Riverland is famous for. Think exquisite dining, fresh regional produce, and cellar door experiences that include wine, spirits, ciders, ales, juices, and coffee. There’s also kids playgrounds, water-based sports and activities, plus historical, cultural, and adventure experiences, and much more.
The best way to decide where to go and what to see and do, is to grab our Visitor Guide and plan your Riverland stay. Pick up a copy at a Riverland Visitor Information Centre, or click here to download your copy.