The Riverland is bursting with natural beauty, but with some tough times recently, the region needs our love and support more than ever before.
As the Riverland’s number one fans, it’s our job to remind you why, despite recent floods, the region is a fabulous holiday destination for the whole family.
Here are a bunch of places to see, things to do and sips to be had in South Australia’s Riverland…
It’s the spirit of Renmark and a must-visit for any gin, whisky, brandy or vodka lover.
The super stylish 23rd Street Distillery has a passion for crafting award-winning, premium spirits using some of the state’s most unique botanicals.
Not only can you have sips and giggles while blending your own gin in their massive state-of-the-art venue, you can also take a history tour around the property. The site was built in 1914, and over the years, it’s been home to a range of labels from Chateau Tanunda, Renmano Wines, Berri Estate and Hardy’s Wine. It has a fascinating past to learn about, so why not book a tour after a tasting, a masterclass, or a delicious feast.
You know you’re from SA when someone says “Woolshed Brewery”, and you respond with: “OMG, the Hard Lemonade”!
Set right on the riverbank in Wilkadene, this brewery attracts locals and tourists all year-round. Pet and family-friendly, the Woolshed Brewery is a walk-in venue where everyone is welcome. Bring a picnic or create your own platter with their locally made goods. And yes, the Hard Lemonades are a must… for adults only!
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From the fruity and refreshing whites to the full-bodied and robust reds, Mallee Estate is a sustainable, family owned and operated winery with a deep respect for the region. Their cellar door is super cosy, and if you’re not into wine, who cares! Their Greek menu is to-die-for — saganaki, moussaka, loukaniko, spanakopita and souvlakia pita — it doesn’t get more delicious than that!
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Where’s all the wine? It’s at the Riverland Wine Centre. Yep, 25 different wineries all in one place, with an on-site cafe serving local produce. “Our Wine Centre invites you to come and explore the region’s wineries that make the Riverland such a vibrant part of South Australia’s wine industry. Our interactive storyboards take you through the journey of each winery and help whet your appetite,” owners Andrew and Bronny Caire explain. If you’re unsure where to start exploringin the region, this is the perfect place to kick off your adventure.
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts — boy, do we have a thrilling and educational experience for you! Explore the natural beauty of the Coorong, with its stunning beaches, sand dunes, lagoons and abundant wildlife, on a guided tour with the legends from Coorong Wild Side Tours. Their bespoke tours include activities like bird watching, fishing, kayaking, boat rides, bushwalking — and some even end with a delicious fish feast.
A truly unique experience that’s sure to leave a lasting impression, SA’s Big Bend By Night is an absolute must-see destination. This natural wonder is located in the Riverland and is famous for its mesmerising cliffs that stretch for over 200 metres. At night, the cliffs are illuminated by stars and the Milky Way — so whether you’re a nature lover, a photographer, or someone simply looking for an unforgettable experience, pop this one on your must-see list.
Say hello to The Swanny! Talk about a room with a view — this hotel boasts uninterrupted 180-degree views of the wonderful River Murray. These guys are open seven days a week, so you can indulge in classic pub meals and lap up the friendly atmosphere in true blue country hospitality style.
Love the outdoors? Dose up on South Australian history and learn all about the traditional land owners of the region, the Nganguraku people. A guided tour is the best way to experience this conservation park, and with free entry and loads of fresh air, it’s a win-win for the whole family.
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It’s not a real SA road trip without a coffee and loo break at one of our state’s gorgeous painted silos. Coonalpyn is now famous for Viterra’s 30-metre grain silos, which still operate today. The painting is a beautiful tribute to five Coonalpyn Primary School children, whose faces will now live on in the history of the town forever.
It’s time to sing the praises of this magnificent region and support them as best as we can. Let’s go Riverland, let’s go!