Winding its steady way between towering cliffs and floodplains teeming with stunning wildlife, the Murray River is part of SA’s lifeblood. Ease yourself into summer “river time” with these memory-making ideas.
Soak up the relaxed vibe at Woolshed Brewery, set on a picturesque backwater of the Murray River.
Just north of Renmark, Woolshed Brewery (wilkadene.com.au) is the perfect place to refuel on local cheese, smallgoods, oils, dried fruit and nuts, as well as some seriously tasty craft beers. For something more substantial, check out the Swanport Hotel’s (swanporthotel.com.au) steak and seafood specials, or grab a seat overlooking the river at the Berri Hotel Bistro (berrihotel.com.au), where there are vegetarian and gluten-free options among the parmies, pizzas and Asian-influenced dishes.
Take in the best views of the river from Headings Cliff Lookout (discoverrenmark.com.au), where the water curves beneath ochre cliffs that glow in the setting sun. Berri’s Big Orange (southaustralia.com), on the other hand, stays a similar shade all day long and has been the backdrop for many a selfie over the years. Thrill-seekers should head to Loveday 4x4 Adventure Park (loveday4x4adventures.com) near Loxton to enjoy its maze of off-road tracks.
Check in to the budget-friendly rooms upstairs at the historic Swan Reach Hotel (swanreachhotel.com), which is built around an 1860s homestead, or set up camp at Berri Riverside Holiday Park (berriholidaypark.com.au), where the facilities on offer include two pools, a giant jumping pillow, playground and mini-golf course to practise your putting technique.
Adrenaline junkies will adore a trip to The Bend (thebend.com.au), with its motor-racing circuit, karting track and 4WD adventure park. There’s also an off-road precinct as well as high-speed exploits such as hot laps, driver experiences and open-track days.