Top 5 things to do in the Riverland with kids

Bliss weekends by the water

In South Australia, we’re lucky to have not only the sweeping oceans but a majestic river to relax next to. Weekends at the river involve ultimate relaxation, local wines and craft beers, pub lunches, water sports, barbecues and much more. The Riverland is certainly a paradise for us adults. But when it comes to things to do in the Riverland with kids, sometimes we’re not 100% sure what there is on offer.

Things to do in the Riverland with kids

Sure, no kids are unhappy paddling in the river, but if you’re looking for an adventurous day out for the little ones in your life, what should you do and where should you go?

In this short article, we share the best things to do in the Riverland with kids, so that during your next trip to the Murray, you get to try something new as a family.

Pic credit: South Australian Tourism Commission/James Knowler

Explore Monash Adventure Playground

Take the children to Monash Adventure Playground and you won’t be able to drag them away. This spot is fun for all ages. In this vast expanse where kids’ dreams come true, find a giant maze, crazy leaning towers, flying foxes, gigantic swings, rope bridge and tree house (to name a few). Monash Adventure Playground has plenty of space for adults to hang out on the lawns and watch over their children. Bringing a picnic or having a BBQ is highly advised, because you can spend more than just an hour here.

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Drop by Historic Loxton

Those looking for a more educational weekend away at the river will be pleased to find a historic village in Loxton. Step back in time and show the kids how people used to live before the invention of TV, computers, iPads, air conditioning and all our other luxuries! Learn about the many stories of early settlers here and explore the village across the afternoon – which has over 45 old-time buildings and exhibits. One of the fun things here is that you can interact with the townspeople along the way.

Pic credit: Adelaide City Kayak Tour / South Australian Tourism Commission

Canoe or Kayak along the Murray River

Make the most of your trip to the Murray River and get onto the water. In winter, the water is a little chilly and so grabbing a kayak might be your best bet at this time of year. Hire a kayak or canoe from Canoe Adventures Riverland and embark on your own explorations down the meandering Murray. Glide past orange cliffs and spot wildlife on the way. The kids will love this nature-immersive activity! Canoe Adventures also offers relaxed yet informative guided tours, so if you’re looking for a bit more, book yourself in. No previous experience is necessary for this fun Riverland activity, and it will be fun for not only the kids but for you too.

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Experience the Riverland wildlife

Whether in a kayak, or just hiking through one of the many National Parks in the Riverland, you’ll find endless wildlife. There are three separate areas of protected, beautiful spots, comprising of over 13,000 hectares, including wetlands and floodplains; Katarapko, Lyrup Flats and Bulyong Island. Bring your binoculars and explore the riverbanks, spotting native birds and all sorts of wildlife. If you happen to be close to Renmark, you might also want to head over to Possum Parade for a slightly obscure adventure! Possums here have become so tame, that you can get up close and personal with them. This is certainly something unique for the kids to experience during your Weekend Escape.

Pic credit: South Australian Tourism Commission/Adam Bruzzone

Swim at Lake Bonney

In the summer months, a swim at Lake Bonney is an awesome family day out. Walk around the water’s edge and take a dip when it gets bit hot. Bring a picnic or have a barbecue and make a day of it. Lake Bonney  is a freshwater lake and its sandy floor makes it super safe and comfortable for the kids. The lake is fed and drained by the River Murray. Barmera, found on its shore, is also a good place to grab a coffee or take a little walk. Of particular note, you might like to get the kids Zorbing! Click here for more info. Zorbing is for the kids, but it can be for you too!

SA Weekend Escapes’ top hotel picks

Making a weekend of it? You’ll need a place to stay. Check out a couple of our suggestions and get your fun-filled weekend booked in.

Big River Golf and Country Club

Situated in Berri, Big River Golf and Country Club is a spacious and highly relaxing spot, kitted out with a pool, golf course, restaurant and bar. A new award-winning renovation has seen the place truly revitalised in recent months. Head here for a Weekend Escape that involves unwinding, wining and dining.

Berri Hotel

The Berri Hotel, located right on the river in the town of Berri is great for those looking for a place to rest their head. Comfortable and modern rooms, complemented with an outdoor pool and a bistro-style restaurant make it ideal for families. Plus, in the morning, a walk by the river can be started only a few metres from your room!

More things to do in the Riverland with kids

For a little more information regarding things to do in the Riverland, check out our Ultimate Guide to Berri, where we outline endless attractions as well as eating and drinking spots to complete your relaxing Riverland weekend.