Top 8 Things to Do in South Australia's Riverland

Jun 18, 2021
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FROM CAMPING AND FISHING TO HOUSE-BOATING OR KAYAKING, TAKE YOUR PICK FROM OUR TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN THE RIVERLAND.


The Riverland in South Australia is synonymous with outdoor Australian culture where memories are made on the of banks the picturesque Murray River. For 362 kilometres the river and its delicate ecosystem meanders from the New South Wales and Victorian borders into South Australia and down into the Indian Ocean. Here’s our guide to experiencing the best of the Murray River with our top 10 things to do in the Riverland.


1. HOUSEBOAT ALONG THE MURRAY RIVER


It almost goes without saying, but one of the best ways to go with the flow, literally, is on a houseboat. From the vantage point and comfort of your house-with-a-rudder, dangle your legs overboard and do as the locals do: live your best life on the river. Self-driving a houseboat gives you the freedom to explore remote natural beauty and berth along the banks without a soul in sight. View houseboats for hire in the Riverland.


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2. RELAX IN LUXURY


Still very much on river-time, but with a splash of sophistication, The Frames Retreats are perched high along the river with each villa (there are three) offering private pools, views and space to enjoy the perks of river life in luxury. If you can pull yourself away from your riverside paradise, The Frames offers personalised wildlife tours through river estuaries where native birds, koalas, kangaroos and sometimes echidna are spotted, or champagne-infused sunset cruises in a restored 1929 wooden gondola. Hungry? Let your tastebuds (and your chauffeur driver) lead the way on The Flavour Safari where you’ll meet the region’s leading growers, brewers, winemakers and producers, and taste their goods of course! Find out more.


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3. RIVERLAND PRODUCE AND BEVERAGES


The Riverland is abundant in grains, fruits, vegetables, grapes and nuts. It’s famed for its citrus and is the third largest growing region in Australia. From oranges, grapefruits, tangelos, limes, mandarins and lemons to coffee and olive oil, taste the Flavours of the Riverland at a tasting café and provedore. Alternatively, purchase local, seasonal fruits from one of the region's many road-side fruit stalls like the colourful Aggies Fresh Fruit Stall. From the fertile soils of the Riverland, Twenty Third Street Distillery produce an innovative array of spirits using the local citrus and flora under the roof of Renmark’s century-old landmark. Stop in for a gin flight, blending class or distillery tour. If beer’s more your style, head for Woolshed Brewing for a local brew, wine down at Caudo Vineyard just outside Waikerie or head to Loxton's Salena Estate where an award-winning drop and lunch at the on-site restaurant Cucina 837 awaits. Be sure to check out the region's other food and drink options.


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4. STARGAZING IN THE RIVERLAND


Although only a two-hour drive to the Riverland from Adelaide, the night sky is one of the darkest and best places to see the stars. It’s a wholesome experience that people in bustling cities can only dream or read about, but with the fresh river air and accompanying birdsong, this late-night entertainment is a program highlight! Check out this stargazing tour along the Murray River.


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5. KAYAK OR CANOE THE MURRAY RIVER


The Riverland is home to numerous backwaters, creeks and lagoons which are best explored by canoe or kayak. Weave your way into the narrow wetlands and take picnic supplies for a tranquil waterfront lunch where kangaroos, emus, koalas, goannas and birds will be your only company. For the intrepid, go on a self-guided 'canoe camping' expedition with Canoe Adventures or jump on a sunset kayak tour with Canoe the Riverland to spend more time in nature learning about the river’s biodiversity.