Things to do in the Riverland
The Riverland in South Austrlia stretches from the Victorian boarder to Blanchetown and is home to the beautiful Murray River. Our region has a proud history and boasts some of the best local food and beverages, experiences and attractions.
Here are some of the top things to do while you explore our region. Many places cater for groups, and would be more than happy to arrange this if you call ahead.
Discover the History of times gone by
The Riverland has a rich history with some fantastic places to visit.
The Pines Loxton Historic House & Garden was Built in 1909, and this historic six roomed sandstone villa represents a snapshot of the grand lifestyle lived by Ella Amalia Kingdon and her parents. With a stunning garden as well, they hold regular open days and tours.
Home to the Humphrey Pump, Cobdogla Irrigation & Steam Museum is full of interesting exhibits, engines and pumps, tractors and machinery from a past era.
The Loxton Historical Village boasts 45 buildings and sites exhibiting farm equipment, machinery and household items used by the early settlers. On ‘Village Alive’ days experience life as it was in the early 1900s – watch the blacksmith at work and smell the bread baking.
Historic Olivewood Estate Homestead in Renmark is the original home of Canadian Charles Chaffey, who with his brothers George and William established the Renmark and Mildura Irrigation Colonies.
In 1920 a series of Locks and weirs were installed along the River Murray. These structures were built to divert water to the emerging agriculture industry and also to improve navigation of boats along the river. There are six locks in the Riverland. It’s a fascinating experience to feel the water level change right beneath your feet as you transfer through a river lock.
There is so much more to discvoer. Read more about Riverland History here.
purchase Some of the Regions best local produce
There’s nothing like purchasing fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables straight from the grower, and there are roadside stalls dotted throughout the region as well as regular markets.
Flavours of the Riverland (Home of Backyard Bread) on the Sturt Highway in Barmera is a tasting cafe and providore. They offer a range of popular handmade bread bites to a delicious range of gourmet spreads as well as a range of flavours which proudly exhibit the region's pristine, fresh produce.
Illalangi in Waikerie have a large range of artisan food products, exquisite gift hampers and platters, as well as a range of soaps and body products. The Bush Tucker garden overlooks the beauitful River Murray, perfect scenery to try a range of Riverland products.
Almondco in Renmark have a range of delicious Riverland almonds, flavoured almonds and almond products.
Arrosto Coffee are the Riverland's own coffee roaster! Located in the renovated old Renmark Fire Station, they have a great cafe to enjoy a cup of coffee as well as stock up on your coffee beans! They also offer various coffee products such as cold drip and coffee flavoured chocolate.
Riverland Visitor Centres are regularly stocked with local goodies such as dried fruit, nuts, jams, sauces and more!
Explore the breathtaking scenery
From the limestone cliffs, to our spectacular wide Murray river, stunning sunsets and ancient gum trees, the Riverland has amazing scenery to soak up when you're looking to switch off.
Headings cliff lookout at Murtho is a great spot to watch the sunset on the cliffs and the river. Speaking of sunsets, Lake Bonney in Barmera is a photographers haven with beautiful lawns and a jetty to watch the world go by as the sun goes down.
Some other spots to take in the scenery are 'Heaven' at Loxton, the Waikerie Clifftop Lookout and Berri Watertower Lookout.
Taste some of the world's best wine & Spirits
The Riverland is renowned as one of Australia's most prolific wine regions and we are also home to breweries and distilleries.
The new Riverland Wine Centre at Pike River is a great place to discover all the fantastic and innovative wines that are being produced locally. They offer tastings as well as a cellar door, and while you're there you can experience their locally focused menu with a range of regional platters and more.
Historic Twenty Third Street Distillery, built in 1914 is home to locally made gin, brandy, whisky, vodka and rum. You can do a tasting, eat in their new restaurant, make your own gin and tour their distillery!
Tour the St Agnes Barrell Halls at Angoves and purchase their local wine and Brandy.
There are many cellar doors dotted throughout the region for you to stock up on local wine and do tastings.
The Woolshed Brewery is located in the historic 100 year old shearing sheds of Wilkadene Station. Producing local ales and their famous hard lemonade, brewery tours are available by appointment as well as self guided tours of the property.
Explore nature - Walking or on the water
You can discover the tranquil backwaters and birdlife in your own kayak or take a guided tour from local guides such as Canoe Adventure Riverland, Canoe the Riverland or cruise on a boat with Rivergum Cruises.
Banrock Station offer a guided walking tour of their wetlands or you can take a self-guided walk on one of the Riverland walking trails.
Try your luck at fishing
Fishing in the Riverland is always rewarding and a relaxing way to lose yourself for a while, whether by boat or on the bank of the river. Find out more about fishing here.
treat yourself to a riverland dining experience
There is a range of dining experiences in the Riverland for the foodies out there! Eleni's Restaurant at Mallee Estate offers Greek Cuisine, experience authenitc Itlaian at Cucina 837 at Salena Estate, Ruston's Restaurant offer Thai cuisine and Mallee Fowl Restaurant are an Australiana themed restaurant with a Thai influence.
We are very lucky to also be home to some great pubs, clubs and cafe's, many of which are located on the riverfront with great views to enhance your dining experience.
work on your golf game at one of our golf courses
Highly regarded among golfers, the Riverland's collection of courses are renowned for their well-maintained greens and economical green fees with courses located in Barmera, Berri, Loxton and Waikerie. Discover more here.
The Riverland is full of fantastic local businesses in all towns, from boutiques to gift shops, newsagents, book stores and more. Stroll the streets and buy something from a local. Our Visitor Centres also stock lots of great goodies to take home, with a focus on local artists and produce. You can read more about the local shops in the River Time guide.
Check out the LOCAL ART
A must-see spectacular new art piece is the Waikerie Silo Art, painted to depict the link between the local environment and the community. Discover art studios Riverglen View Art Studio, Rain Moth Gallery, Barmera Theatre Gallery and Chaffey Theatre. Many venues in the region also display local artists work. You can find out more about local art here.