Region: Murray Riverlands

The area known as The Riverland is located on the Murray River in South Australia, and extends from Renmark to Waikerie. The river, which flows 650km through South Australia, is central to the success of the region, it provides a natural resource for irrigation, a playground for tourists, and a natural environment for the native flora and fauna. The major horticultural products grown are in the Murray Riverlands are wine grapes, oranges, lemons, stone fruit, almonds, with increasing plantings of olives. Berri boasts the largest winery in the Southern Hemisphere, oranges and other fruit are juiced and stone fruit are dried using the natural heat of the sun.

The Great Murray River was born more than a hundred million years ago, and provided a source of food for the local Aborigines until the arrival of white men. Today the Murray still meanders through South Australia's heartland to the sea giving its modern day explorers unforgettable encounters with abundant wildlife, historic towns, rich vineyards and orchards. Whether your idea of fun is to relax on a leisurely cruise (by canoe, paddlesteamer or houseboat), explore the backwaters and by-ways of Australia's greatest river or simply drop a line and enjoy the fishing, the Murray is one of Australia's best inland destinations for a holiday. The region is sprinkled with historic river towns which can be explored either by car or on the river itself.

How To Get There

The region lies to the east of the city of Adelaide. All major highways east out of Adelaide lead to the Lower Murray Riverlands - South Eastern Freeway and Princes Highway to Murray Bridge (southern region); Adelaide-Mannum Road to Mannum; Sturt Highway to Barmera, Berri and Renmark (northern region). The region can also be reached from Victoria via Sturt Highway from Mildura to Renmark, from Ouyen via Mallee Highway to Tailem Bend; from Nhill via Nukes Highway or from via Princes Highway from Hamilton to Murray Bridge.

Best Time To Go

The lower Murray River region enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with dry summers and relatively mild winters. It can be visited any time of the year, but to make the most of a trip here and enjoy the best that this area has to offer, avoid the very hot weather of summer (December to February). The months of Spring (September to November) and Autumn (March to May) are very pleasant, but expect cool nights and chilly mornings.

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