In the Riverland, the River Murray weaves past some of Australia's most impressive river scenery: cinematic backdrops of limestone cliffs, graceful river red gums and Mallee country, as well as willow-edged parks and lush vineyards, orchards and citrus groves.
For most of its predominantly east-west route through Australia, the river forms the border between New South Wales and Victoria. The Riverland region begins where it crosses into South Australia, and for 300 kilometres it creates wide lakes, reed-lined narrow creeks, islands and wetlands of infinite variety.
Less than a two-hour drive from Adelaide, the region is much-loved as a destination for outdoor and water-based activities such as houseboating, fishing, golfing, bushwalking, swimming, gliding, canoeing and water skiing. And for sheer relaxation: lazy days on the riverbank watching the distinctive river birds, exploring museums and galleries, also visiting cellar doors and local produce outlets are always rewarding.
The network of backwaters, wetlands and lagoons are home to abundant wildlife and fast becoming ecotourism treasures. The region includes the UNESCO-listed Bookmark Biosphere Reserve (BBR) and 40 national and conservation parks that protect widely differing ecosystems.
As the river's course twists and turns, and its waters spread out into lakes and convoluted lagoons and wetlands, you might be forgiven for thinking it was reluctant to leave the Riverland.
Which is how you will feel once you visit this richly rewarding region.
Navigating the Murray River wouldn’t be possible without the series of locks and weirs dating back to the 1920s and 1930s. 4 locks in the Riverland are still in use today.
We’ve also got 4 ferry crossings running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They’re free to use.
Although they're not far apart, each of the Riverland's towns below has its own personality. They're a great starting point for all river adventures, and great destinations in their own right.
Blanchetown, Morgan, Cadell, Waikerie, Berri, Winkie, Monash, Glossop, Lyrup, Loveday, Barmera, Cobdogla, Overland Corner, Kingston-on-Murray, Loxton, Moorook, Renmark, Cooltong & Paringa.
Visitor information centres or outlets can help you with specific town information and accommodation.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Riverland!