Escape to a place where the meandering Murray River meets ancient ochre-coloured cliffs and feeds wetlands and floodplain forests. With ever-changing landscapes, delicious produce and a host of water-based activities, there’s so much to do and explore in the Riverland. The Riverland boasts some of the best fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, unique beers and ciders, plus unique cellar door, brewery and distillery experiences. Try your luck with a fishing rod or yabby net and experience stars like no other.
How to get to there
The Riverland is easily accessed by car, campervan or with a caravan. Driving from Adelaide to the Riverland takes 90 minutes to the gateway town, Blanchetown, or if you are travelling from Sydney or Melbourne, it is only 90 minutes from Mildura to Renmark. From Adelaide you can travel along Main North Road to the Sturt Highway (A20) where you enter the Riverland at Blanchetown. From Adelaide you can also travel via the South Eastern Freeway to Tailem Bend and then head north to Karoonda until you enter the Riverland at Loxton. From Victoria take the Sturt Highway (A20) and from Sydney travel via the Mid-Western Highway (A24) to the Sturt Highway (A20), along with other roads within the state. Travelling west by car you will enter the Riverland at Paringa and Renmark.
Travelling by car, campervan or 4WD is the most convenient way to experience the Riverland. Crossing the river is made easy with road bridges at Paringa, Berri, Kingston-on-Murray and Blanchetown, as well as free vehicle ferries at Lyrup, Waikerie, Cadell and Morgan. Each ferry, named after a local native bird, operates 24 hours, seven days a week, unless otherwise advertised. These ferries can accommodate large vehicles, including caravans and campervans.
Arguably the best way to experience the Riverland is on the water itself. Hire a houseboat and spend your days casually exploring the region. Only a driver’s license is required and your houseboat hire company will provide you with an induction on driving a houseboat and its special features.
Make sure to check out the National Public Toilet Map when you’re planning your trip.
The Riverland has a Mediterranean climate, with dry summers and relatively mild winters, offering abundant sunshine for outdoor activities all year round. The average maximum daily temperature in winter is 17°c and 29°c in summer.
The people of the Riverland love celebrating their life on the land through events such as the Riverland Field Days and the annual Cadell Harvest Festival (incorporating the Giant Pumpkin Competition). You’ll be astonished by the beautiful, colourful displays at the 10 day Renmark Rose Festival. It’s bloomin’ wonderful! Enjoy three days of non-stop music at the Riverstock Rockfest. The 10 day South Australian Country Music Festival and Awards are held in June each year. From the Murray Man Long Course Triathlon and the annual Loxton Mardi Gras, to the Nippy’s Athletic Carnival and the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series; you’ll find a sporting event to suit you. The best of the region is served at the Riverland Food and Wine Festival. The music and culture of the 50s and 60s is brought to life at the Riverland Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival. See here for a list of Major Events throughout the year.
Tourism information contributions from The South Australian Tourism Commission