History & Heritage

Experience our proud Riverland history including the birthplace of irrigation in Australia.

20 million year old limestone cliffs, a river that’s flowed for 600,000 years, sandy soils that blew in 40,000 years ago and centuries old red gums created a landscape settled by aborigines for thousands of years. More recent pioneers settled and traded their produce on paddlesteamers which gave way to road and rail transport. 

Discover the tales of a bustling river trade when the paddle steamer ruled and visit what was once South Australia’s busiest inland port. Uncover the quirky tales of times gone by, visit historic homesteads & hotels, some with ghosts, and retrace footsteps of the past on the many town walks.

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