There are many ways to see the Murray River in South Australia. Depending on the time you have available, you could drive down, stop at lookouts, take a cruise on the P.S. Murray Princess, hire a houseboat, canoe/kayak, or in my case, my friend and I had inflatable dinghies that we rowed.
Whichever way you enjoy your way along this waterway, you can be sure of seeing nature at its finest.
The Murray River is a photographer's dream. From the amazing sunrises and sunsets over the water to the abundant wildlife that line its shores.
This town was established in 1887 when the settlement grew from irrigating the Murray River to supply water to the orchards in the area.
Today you can take a step back into the past by enjoying a one and a half-hour cruise on the first Sunday of the month on a paddle-steamer, the P.S. Industry.
ADULT – $30.00
CHILDREN – $10.00 (3 – 18 YEARS)
CONCESSION – $25.00
FAMILY – $75.00 (2 adults & 3 children)
Passengers accompanying handicapped persons are free of charge.
The P.S. Industry is also open for inspection:
Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 10.00am to 2.00pm
A gold coin donation would be most appreciated – children and school groups free of charge.
You could also enjoy a 2 or 5-night cruise on the Proud Mary paddle-steamer.
It's also here you can learn about the areas past visiting the Olivewood Historic Homestead and Museum.
Thursday to Monday 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment. Phone: (08) 8586 6175 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adults $7.00, Concession $5.00, Student $3.00.Family (2Adults & 2 children)$15.00 Coach groups $5.00 per person (subject to change)
Enjoy a meal outside the Twenty-third Street Distillery.
Ruston's is open for lunch from Thursday to Sunday 12-2 pm, and for dinner on Friday and Saturday 6-8.30pm. Brunch available on Sunday only 9.30-11 am. Ruston's is closed most
Public Holidays, or operating hours may vary.
Bookings are essential. To book, call (08) 8586 6191.
They also offer takeaway meals available during service hours Thursday – Sunday.
If you are interested in Silo Art, then you're in luck as the grain silos in Paringa were just finished in early 2021.
One of the newest additions in South Australia is in Paringa, just across the bridge out of Renmark.
There are four artworks on the sides of two grain silos finished in early 2021 by artist Jack Fran.
These works depict the River Murray at Renmark, with Murray Cod, Pelicans, a houseboat and paddle steamer, and a local legend, "Possum", David James Jones.
For the more adventurous, there are hikes in Wilabalangal Nature Reserve, which is on the road to Berri, with views of the Murray River and wildlife to spot.
The next major town downriver is Loxton. Here you have supermarkets to get supplies as well as seeing the local delights.
The Loxton Historical Village is located right beside the river. It showcases early life in the area, how farming grew and the equipment used.
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm
Closed Mondays except for public holidays, Good Friday and Christmas Eve and Day.
Adults - $12.00
Children (5-14 years) - $6.00
Children under 4 years - Free
Pensioner - $10.00
Family (2 adults, 3 children) - $30.00
Group Entry (10+people) - $8.00 each
(4 years and under free entry - excludes education/group visits)
$12 per year (per adult) - Unlimited entry
There is ample parking and picnic facilities and a walking track in the parklands beside the river.
Broken up into areas along the Murray River, the Murray River National Park is where you can get away from civilisation.
From Berri to Kingston on the Murray, the National Park offers you a chance to see Mother Nature at her finest.
From amazing sunsets and sunrises over water to the wildlife that come down to the water's edge to drink.
While you're here, stop off and see the amazing Silo Art on top of the cliffs in Waikerie.
Two artists painted one each, Jimmy DVate and Garry Duncan. The paintings depict the local fauna and flora in the area, native fish, frogs, yabbies, spiny daisy, regent parrot and the rain moth.
All four sides have been painted, so it doesn't matter which way to see them by road or river; you can see them visible for miles.
It doesn't matter which way you see this area, known as the Riverland. It's amazing, whether by water or road, with many sights to see and nature around you at every turn.
While you're in the area, check out my other blogs of things to see and do in the area, including Adelaide City's Free Activities, Adelaide's Botanic Gardens South Australia and the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Explore the outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve and marvel at its spectacular towering cliffs, rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Observe the diverse wildlife and marine species such as penguins, seals, various sea birds and possibly the world’s smallest dolphin!