Observe the prolific birdlife at Gluepot Reserve, treat your tastebuds with local gourmet goodies or leisurely cruise the expansive pristine waters.
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Waikerie was established in 1894 when its first settlers arrived by paddle-steamer. Large fruit plantings now surround the farming community and the town is truly the centre of the citrus and fruit industry in South Australia.IThe name Waikerie is said to mean ‘many wings’, named after the giant swift moth ‘wei kari’, given by the original Indigenous community. It’s an appropriate name, considering the teeming bird life in the lagoons and wetlands that edge the river.
Be sure to sample local produce with dried fruit, gourmet fine wines, olive oil, dukkahs, handmade jams and condiments, gourmet platters and other delicious goodies on offer at Illalangi Gourmet Foods on the Highway in Waikerie. Tempt your tastebuds and stroll through their recently established indigenous interpretive garden. Located just next door, enjoy a great coffee and the superb valley view from the deck of the Viewpoint Cafe.
Here, you’ll find one of the longest stretches of accessible riverbank and the width of the river makes it popular for water sports, fishing and excellent for houseboats. The river boasts beautiful lawn- covered banks, with barbeque facilities, shelters, shady trees, a children’s’ playground, swimming jetty and rest room facilities.
Rivergum Cruises offer relaxing cruises up or down the Murray River, enjoying the quiet, smooth waters around Waikerie. Get up close and personal with nature and see the unique bird life, native flora and local fauna while cruising past 100 foot majestic limestone cliffs and glorious native gum and mallee trees on the picturesque banks of the River Murray.
For those who enjoy a round of golf, the Waikerie Villas are for you. Situated on the 18 hole bunkerless course, and catering for large groups or intimate getaways, The Villas are the ultimate in golfing luxury.
A trip across the ferry and a turn to the right onto Devlin Pound Road will take you on a cliff top scenic drive of the river with rewarding views. On the northern side of the Murray, via the ferry, drive eight kilometres to Broken Cliffs to see magnificent rock formations and spectacular river views. This area also has a sheltered picnic spot on the banks of the river.
Found in pristine bushland, Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve, approximately 50 kilometres north of Waikerie, is a birdwatcher’s paradise and renowned for prolific and rare birdlife and great bush camping. Before starting the 14 trails or the newly developed self-drive trail, visit the Michael Hyde Interpretive Centre to collect all the information you need to plan for a great wildlife experience. Allow a full day to experience this reserve as it is home to rare and endangered plants, animals and birds, including 18 nationally threatened bird species. Guided tours are available for a fee, by appointment. Camping is also available for self-sufficient travellers.
For spectacular views of the river, with excellent photo opportunities, head off on the two-kilometre cliff top walk near the ferry in Waikerie. Walking enthusiasts will also enjoy the Hart Lagoon walking trails. For those daredevils in the group, the Waikerie Gliding Club offers flying classes and experience flights, including a chance to try your hand at the controls.
The Waikerie Holiday park has been designed from the ground up to be the perfect base for a classic relaxing park holiday, or as base for you to venture out and explore all that the Riverland has to offer. Featuring all new facilities, a lush Village Green, outdoor BBQs and a camp kitchen.The kids will love getting close to kangaroos and emus at the fauna reserve near the caravan park – the shady trees offer the perfect location for a family picnic.
The Waikerie Hotel Motel features recently refurbished accommodation with modern indoor/outdoor areas, with renovated function and conference facilities. The Waikerie Hotel is the perfect destination for the business or leisure traveller, with excellent facilities, including bistro dining, gaming lounge, TAB and Keno, drive through bottle shop, conference and function facilities, and comfortable accommodation.
Located in the town centre, the Rainmoth Gallery features an extensive range of local art, including photography, paintings and pottery. Here, find a good range of affordable art and craft pieces for sale.
Just out of Waikerie, Riverglen View Art Studio & Gallery is home to Frankel Glass & Books, and showcases quality, original kiln-fired glass artwork, ranging from functional platters to elaborate hand-painted wall pieces. Call therm to make an appointment.