South Australian Riverland: a little guide
15th May 2023
The South Australian Riverland is Australia’s best kept secret. Located along the Murray River, it is a majestic destination where beautiful orange river valleys and scenic landscapes host unique flora and fauna. Plus, with a history of over 20,000 years of Indigenous occupation, the area has a rich cultural heritage. With a strong focus on agriculture (especially wine production) as well as tourism, the Riverland pulls in hoards of South Australians every year. Never been before? In this article, we share some of the best things to do and see in the South Australian Riverland.
Welcome to the South Australian Riverland
Do you know about South Australia’s riverside paradise? The Riverland region of South Australia is a world of stunning landscapes, exquisite produce, and award-winning wines. It’s a place where bird and wildlife are everywhere and relaxation is the only option. Whoever you are and whatever you love to do, this part of the state is bound to become your favourite.
And you’ll have plenty to keep you busy in the Riverland too, with outdoor activities like water skiing or hiking popular with locals and tourists alike. Otherwise, unwind and indulge your senses with a visit to one of the many nearby wineries. Taste the flavours of the region and explore a wine culture that’s uniquely Riverland. Nature lovers can simply breathe in the fresh, fragrant air and enjoy the scenery. Whatever your idea of a perfect holiday, the Riverland has it all.
Things to do in the South Australian Riverland
In the spirit of sharing the Riverland, below we outline some of the best parts of the region which will captivate you and keep you coming back.
Savour local wines
Cruise down the river
Do some fishing
Explore some national parks
Go canoeing or kayaking
Enjoy some water sports
Visit a brewery
Taste some spirits
Then, there’s distilleries – and the Riverland doesn’t disappoint here either. One popular distillery in the Riverland region is the 23rd Street Distillery. The distillery produces a range of high-quality spirits, including gin, vodka, and rum. Visitors can join a tour of the distillery, learning about the history of the distillery and the process of spirit production, and enjoy a tasting of their acclaimed spirits. A relative newcomer to the Riverland’s alcohol industry is the Renmark Distillery, where you can dive into unforgettable tasting experiences.
Restaurants in the Riverland
Big River Tavern
Big River Tavern is a restaurant located in Berri, a quaint town in the heart of the Riverland. Offering a great dining experience for families, the restaurant boasts golf course views, a great menu and a bar stocked with all your favourites.
The Berri Hotel offers a front row seat to the Murray River, with indoor and outdoor seating available. Its award-winning restaurant is known for serving classic pub fare as well as more upscale options.
Mallee Fowl Restaurant
Mallee Fowl Restaurant is an iconic and Australian bush themed spot located in Monash. With indoor and outdoor dining options, the restaurant offers classic pub fare and upscale dishes along with raw juices and smoothies. You’ll definitely enjoy the decor here as well as the bush themed menu.
While Banrock Station isn’t renowned as a local restaurant, the vineyard does have a dining experience available at their Wine and Wetland Centre. Primarily focused on wine tasting and enhanced by the surrounding natural environment, the venue offers light bites and snacks alongside tastings.
Where to stay in the South Australian Riverland
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In such a beautiful holiday destination, you should choose an equally deserving hotel. Berri Hotel is a popular accommodation option in the Riverland and offers a range of amenities for guests. A resort style outdoor pool and a great dining venue makes stays here super comfortable and adds a touch of luxury.
The central location is ideal for travelers looking to explore the surrounding areas, and reviewers generally praise the friendly service and value for money.