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 Indigenous Australians 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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