Riverland Towns To Visit This Spring

The Riverland in Spring

The weather is heating up and many of us are starting to feel like a Weekend Escape might be on the horizon. Perhaps, it’s even time to consider taking off a whole week from work and enjoying some down time. With international borders – as well as many national borders – currently shut, a trip within South Australia is very much on the cards this Spring. And it could be much worse!

The Riverland is a popular holiday destination in South Australia, known for its wildlife and birdlife, fishing, wineries, water sports and generally relaxing atmosphere. Days in the Riverland are spent with family by the water’s edge, visiting local pubs for lunch and lapping up the calming natural landscapes.

Riverland towns worth a visit

Spring in South Australia’s Riverland is especially wonderful. With the greenness of winter sticking around and the weather at its finest, there’s no better time to book a trip. But where exactly should you visit and where you you stay during a trip? In this article, we highlight the many Riverland towns worth a visit and help you plan a trip to South Australia’s most popular holiday region.

The river and cafe at Berri


In the heart of the Riverland, Berri is a small town with an excellent location, plenty of shops, restaurants and great hotels. River Jacks cafe – shown in the image above – is sat on the water’s edge and makes for a great morning coffee location. With a golf course, canoeing opportunities and plenty of activities for the kids, Berri is certainly a great place to start your trip to the Riverland.


Barmera is an agricultural and viticultural town located only minutes by car from Berri. Situated on Lake Bonney, Barmera has an excellent location, especially for those who enjoy a swim during the warmer months. Parklands around the lake as well as the opportunity for zorbing make this a great spot to spend the day with the family.


Waikerie is a rural town in the Riverland region of South Australia. Sat on the south bank of the Murray River, this small town offers guests awesome riverfront views, unique mallee landscapes, great food and wine and bird watching opportunities.

Pic credit: South Australian Tourism Commission


If you’re booking a Weekend Escape with kids, don’t miss a day trip to Loxton. Of particular interest here is a historic village that will make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time! Created to represent colonial times, the village features old shop fronts and people in colonial costume. In Loxton, you’ll also find plenty of river frontage and some excellent options for food and wine.


Historic Morgan is a fabulous spot to spend a day. Perhaps one of the most picturesque small towns along the river, Morgan is one of the Riverland towns certainly worth a visit. With sweeping parklands and green grass, multiple pubs and perfect conditions for swimming, this is a place to bring the whole family for a day!


Renmark is the last town you will encounter as you drive through South Australia’s Riverland towards Victoria. It’s also the oldest European settlement on the Murray River. Renmark’s excellent riverfront location is only the beginning however. Those who love their food and drink will love Renmark for its distillery – Twenty Third Street – a revitalised 100 year old cellar door producing one of the state’s most loved gin

SA Weekend Escapes’ Top Pick

Found in the very centre of Berri – one of the Riverland towns recommended in this article – is the Berri Hotel. It’s riverfront location, casual bistro and comfortable rooms make it ideal for weekend away or longer stays. For the warmer months, an outdoor pool helps you stay cool. For more information about the Berri Hotel, or to book your room today, head to their website. 

Berri hotel

Pic credit: Berri Hotel

More things to do in the Riverland region

The Riverland is packed with things to do and see and plenty of wine and food to taste. Find out what else is on offer, with our Ultimate Guide.