The Riverland region of South Australia flanks 375 kilometres of meandering Murray River. The region spans from Blanchetown to the South Australia/Victoria Border. Vibrant river towns include Renmark, Berri, Loxton, Waikerie and Barmera.
The region (beginning at Blanchetown) is just 90 minutes driving from Adelaide or 90 minutes driving from Mildura in Victoria.
Murray River Walk will help you discover a rich river heritage including Aboriginal culture, pastoralism and the paddle-steamers, locks and weirs and river regulation, irrigation development and environmental stewardship, in a region that has become the fruit bowl of South Australia.
The Murray River drains 1/7 the area of Australia and flows over 2000 km to reach the Riverland at Renmark.
More than a million people live in its catchment area which covers parts of 4 states and the Australian Capital Territory.
It starts as a fast flowing stream in the Australian Alps and changes to a broad and meandering river through South Australia.
It is a food bowl, a playground, a wildlife sanctuary and Australia's most studied river. We look forward to sharing its stories with you.
Ramsar listed wetlands play an important role in conserving wildlife and ecosystems and sustaining communities around the world. They are internationally significant and their listing means that we must look after them.
Murray River Walk is a journey entirely within the Riverland Ramsar Wetland.
Riverland Ramsar Wetland area includes an 80 km section of the Murray River and more than 200 km of meandering creeks.
Red gum forests are a feature and four nationally threatened species are present including the Regent parrot, Southern bell frog and 2 fish species -Murray cod and Murray hardyhead.
179 bird species are recorded of which 63 species are wetland dependant, and 19 species of mammal including 8 bat species occur in the area.
Encounters with Red kangaroos and Grey kangaroos are common and the emu is frequently seen, sometimes with its spectacular striped chicks. Whistling kites nest along the creeks and river, Yellow rosellas and Red-rumped parrots are seen in the woodlands and cheeky Fairywrens and Red-capped Robins dash about in the undergrowth. Several species of Honeyeater can also be seen.
The most spectacular waterbirds include the Australian Pelican and the Black Swan, Darters, Spoonbills, Ibis and Egrets, Australian Shelducks and Wood Ducks.
The fledgling Riverland tourism industry received a massive boost in 1961 with the build and launch of the first houseboat at Renmark. Today, modern houseboat fleets offer relaxing and independent cruising holidays on the Murray River — and a real rivertime experience.
Murray River Walk provides unique accommodation on a modern houseboat with 5 double rooms. The houseboat is part of the River Murray Houseboats fleet owned and managed by Rob and Jenna Hughes of Renmark.
The Riverland tourism industry is based mainly around river activity with summer water sports and canoeing all year round, house boating and recreational fishing. Accommodation includes riverfront caravan parks, community hotels, and a growing number of riverfront B&B and self-contained options.
Riverland Farmers Market and numerous local food and cellar door outlets include award winning Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre and the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery.
The Riverland region has numerous conservation reserves along the river including Murray River National Park and Chowilla Game Reserve which are part of Murray River Walk.
The Riverland region is the fruit bowl of South Australia producing 98% of South Australia's citrus, 60% of its wine grapes and 86% of South Australia's almonds.
Murray River Walk has access to exciting fresh local produce in the cooler months including avocados, easy-peel mandarins and organically grown navel oranges and many food preserves including local jams and chutneys.
Locally farmed lamb is sourced from Chowilla Station and our beef is from Bunyip Reach. Murray cod is farmed locally by Parkers' Fish.
Murray River Walk selects Riverland wines from Angove Family Winemakers, Banrock Station, 919 Wines and Whistling Kite Wines and features wines from other South Australian wine regions such as Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills.
If you plan to travel to Renmark via Adelaide, call in to the famous Barossa Valley on the way.
Past the Barossa, on the way to Renmark visit Burke Salter Wines at Blanchetown for a tasting or stop at Caudo Vineyard near Cadell just 2 hours from Adelaide for lunch on the river.
The Riverland tourism region has much to offer — www.destinationriverland.org.au
Visit local producers in Waikerie including Havenhand Chocolates and Illalangi Fine Foods.
Stop for lunch and a wine tasting with spectacular views at Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre.
Break your journey to Renmark with a cuppa and a delicious cake at Backyard Bread in Barmera.
If you stay in the Riverland region before or after completing Murray River Walk, check out Nuts About Fruit in the Renmark main street, stroll to the Renmark Club on the waterfront for a coffee, or take a drive or walk across historic Paringa Bridge and visit Cammies Antiques and the Paringa Bakery.
Fresh in season produce is available everywhere including Aggies roadside stall in Berri, just up the road from 919 Wines and Bella Lavender Farm.
The Almondco Almond Hut says it all, and a visit to the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery to collect some momentos will earn you great praise.