Ideas for that perfect Riverland getaway

Some time spent at the gorgeous Riverland region is enough to restore any weary soul. Beautiful scenery surrounding the majestic Murray River and all the activities the area offers, make it the perfect destination for a Riverland getaway. So, book a date and head out to the country with your loved one this summer to make memories that will last a lifetime.

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A Riverland getaway to remember

The Riverland is home to a some adorable country towns, with Berri, Renmark, Loxton and Monash being among the largest. Meanwhile, the region’s stunning red-burnt river banks slices through nature here, making it an iconic getaway destination among South Australians and across the world. The Riverland is a place where time simply stands still.

With the River Murray at its soul, it comes as no surprise that a lot of the activities here are water based. However, if water sports are not your thing, then there are numerous other fun things to do. From walking trails to cycling, bird watching and picnicking, families and friend groups alike don’t run out of things to do here.

The Riverland is also lovingly known as the fruit bowl of South Australia, because of the vast range of locally produced fruit, wine and other foods that are produced here. During your trip, you’ll experience some wonderful meals in one of the many excellent restaurants, and perhaps even some wine at a cellar door or two!

Read on to find some recommendations for Riverland getaways, hotels, activities and more.

Ideas for your Riverland getaway

Head to the river

Why not start the morning off with some fun on the river? The Riverland is home to many creeks, backwaters and wonderful lagoons which are best discovered in a kayak. So pack up a picnic, hire some kayaks and find yourself weaving through the narrow wetlands of this stunning region. Look out for kangaroos, emus, koalas and an abundance of birdlife and simply enjoy the peace and tranquility. For the serious birdwatchers, there is no better place to spot birdlife while being spoilt by the delightful birdsong which fills the air.

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Visit the wineries

Berri is surrounded by some of the largest wine producers in South Australia. Alongside these are some smaller boutique type wineries. You’re encouraged to visit at least one during your trip! 919 Wines is a popular destination because it offers guests an authentic cellar door experience within the workings of the winery. So spend the afternoon tasting some of the award winning wines and chatting to the winemakers, to learn about the whole production process. With beautiful scenery thrown in, what better way to spend an afternoon?

Savour a local dinner

Berri is home to some wonderful restaurants in which to indulge in a good hearty meal at end of a long day. For a romantic setting nestled within eleven acres of bushland, head to the themed The Mallee Fowl Restaurant where you will be treated to locally produced Australian cuisine set within a local and relaxed atmosphere. It’s the perfect setting to end the first day of your Riverland getaway.

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Spend some time with nature

After a restful night’s sleep, take a short drive out to the Murray River National Park and spend the morning immersed in nature. Be amazed by the rich red banks either side of the majestic Murray river which meanders through the wetlands and floodplains. Take a hike along the banks and embrace the flora and fauna along the way. There are long hikes or shorter walks depending on each person’s preference. It’s the perfect way to escape the cares and worries of life and be at one with nature.

Take a boat trip

When your legs are feeling weary from the morning hike, treat yourselves to a boat trip along the river. This way you will get to see the mighty river from a different perspective. The ‘Missy’ offers short boat trips whereby you can sit back with a drink and enjoy the quintessentially Australian scenery as you glide by. Every twist and turn of the river provides a different view.

Catch the sunset

Finally it’s time to wind down from the day by watching the most spectacular sunset you will probably ever see. As the sun sets, it catches the rich red earth and the limestone towering ‘curtains’ of the cliffs, to give a spectacular image that you wont forget in a hurry. The peace and tranquility is only disturbed by the wonderful sound of the local birdlife. It really is a sight to behold and is the perfect way to finish a perfect Riverland getaway.

Accommodation for your Riverland getaway

Our two favourite hotel recommendations are the Berri Hotel and the Big River Golf and Country Club.

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Berri Hotel

Situated right in the heart of the Riverland is the lovely Berri Hotel. It is located right on the banks of the Murray River so it’s the perfect place to wind down and relax. The Berri Hotel has rooms to suit all budgets with each one being comfortable and modern in style. Enjoy the added luxury of an outdoor swimming pool here, as well as a fantastic new refurbishment which has elevate the property higher than any in the area. In the evening, enjoy the Berri Hotel Bistro which serves sumptuous meals by the riverside.

Big River Golf and Country Club

Found right in the heart of Berri is the wonderful Big River Golf and Country Club which overlooks the picturesque Berri Golf Course. It provides comfortable hotel rooms or apartments which can cater to larger groups. Some rooms have balconies while others have a patio with views across the gardens or the golf course. There is a lovely seasonal swimming pool plus a brand new restaurant called ‘The Tavern” which has won awards for its design!