6 Incredible Riverland Experiences To Have On Your Big Lap

by Cailin and Luke Wigg

1. Get on the River

The mighty Murray really is the star attraction of this region. Choosing between hiring a kayak, canoe, dingy or even houseboat will be your biggest decision, then let the water be your guide. 
One of the most popular ways to get on the water and explore is to traverse the waterways by canoe or kayak. There are even designated routes. The Lower Murray Canoe Trail gives you a close-up look at the Murray eco-systems and is great for beginners. The Mannum Canoe Trail has views of historic PS Marion. Canoe The Coorong is a guided experience that shows you some of the most untouched parts of the area.

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2. Go For A Fish

Murraylands and Riverland is home to some great fishing spots. The Murray is choc-full of Murray callop (better known as perch or yellow belly). For your best chance of catching yabbies, head to Katarapko Creek in the Murray River National Park between October and April. Note: If you catch Murray Cod, you must through it back (they’re protected) but if you catch a European Carp you must keep it as they are an invasive species. 

If you don’t want to go it alone you can do a Catch and Eat fishing tour with Coorong Wild Seafood.

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3. Have a drink

Did you know, Riverland has a history of being the fruit juice capital of Australia? While the kids will love the Nippy’s Fruit Juice factory, the adults will enjoy sampling the local delicacies at 23rd Street Distillery, Banrock Station or the Woolshed Brewery (or any of the other cellar doors, breweries or distilleries). Follow this up with coffee at Arrosto’s in Renmark’s old fire station, or a cuppa and cake at Bella’s Lavender Estate in Glossop.

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4. Hit The Bakeries

Yes, checking out the bakeries in this region truly is one of the things you shouldn’t miss during your visit. Pieman’s Kitchen, Paringa Bakery and The Country Bakehouse are all top-notch. Pinnaroo has an award-winning bakery too. But you just can’t go past the apricot slice at Sunrise Bakery in Truro!

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5.  Go Wild

Monarto Zoo is unique to anywhere else in Australia! Ride the bus through the 1,500 hectare open-range sanctuary, and see lions, giraffe, rhino and chimpanzee amongst many other animals. If you’re feeling brave, you can do the Lion360 experience.

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6. Embrace History and Culture

This area is rich in pioneer history and Indigenous heritage. Pomberuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, The Captain’s Cottage Museum, Mannum Dock Museum of River History and Mallee Tourist and Heritage Centre are all great spots to visit. Or head to The Village, in Historic Loxton, with its 45 buildings showing what life was like centuries ago.

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