9 things to do in the SA Riverland in winter • Glam Adelaide

9 things to do in the SA Riverland in winter

With stunning sunrises and sunsets, a tightly knit community that showcase the best of the Riverland with excellent food and wine, and a healthy dose of adventure to keep you feeling invigorated.

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Feature image courtesy of Destination Riverland

The South Australian Riverland is one of the most stunning, untouched regions in the world.

With stunning sunrises and sunsets, a tightly knit community that showcase the best of the Riverland with excellent food and wine, and a healthy dose of adventure to keep you feeling invigorated.

During the summer, the Riverland is buzzing with families, couples, and everything in between. However, travelling to the Riverland during winter is an underrated expedition.

We employed the help of the knowledgable Destination Riverland team on why winter is a brilliant time of the year to visit.

So with no further ado, here are the top 10 things to do in the Riverland this winter.

Hire a houseboat

There is no better way to experience winter in the Riverland than on board one of the many houseboats the Riverland has to offer. Relax, breathe in fresh winter air, pour yourself a glass of a Riverland red wine and cruise along the breathtaking Murray River.

Photo Credit: Destination Riverland
Photo Credit: Griffens Marina Houseboat
Photo Credit: Griffens Marina Houseboat

Sip on the best local beverages

Give your tastebuds a tour while sampling Riverland winter reds at the many Riverland Cellar doors or the new Riverland Wine Centre, enjoy a locally made gin, whisky, brandy or vodka from the 23rd Street Distillery, watch the sun go down and taste local brews at the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery, sip on a Caudo Vineyard sangria in a booth by the river or for coffee connoisseurs, enjoy a hot cup of coffee roasted on the premises at Arrosto Coffee.

Photo Credit: Riverland Wine Centre, Jonathan Kissock
Photo Credit: Cucina 837 Salena Estate

Camp under the stars

Pick a spot, get the campfire going and sit back and relax under the stars while dinner cooks in the camp oven. Wake up early watch to a beautiful sunrise peering through the fog on the river and throw in a line and try your luck at catching a callop for lunch. You can find a range of camping spots, national parks, caravan parks and reserves in Destination Riverlands River Camp Caravan & Camping map.

Photo Credit: SATC
Photo Credit: Destination Riverland
Photo Credit: Destination Riverland

Try diverse local produce

Enjoy a diverse regional food experience at Flavours of the Riverland in their rustic cafe or peruse the selections at one of the local Visitor Information Centres. 

Visit Almondco Almond Hut and stock up on fresh local almonds or head to Illalangi at their ‘Home on the Hill’, overlooking the mighty Murray River and put together a gift of Illalangi and local artisan food to take home.

Warm your insides

Taste the delicious winter food the Riverland has to offer, from a hearty steak at one of our local pubs, tantalising Thai and Australian food at Ruston’s Restaurant and Functionsauthentic Italian at Cucina 837 or lunch at a friendly local café

Enjoy the best Greek cuisine from Eleni’s at Mallee Estatea regional tasting platter at Riverland Wine Centre or experience Aussie country-style meals set amongst picturesque bushland at the Mallee Fowl Restaurant.

Photo Credit: Cucina 837 Salena Estate
Photo Credit: Cucina 837 Salena Estate

Cruise on the water

Explore the meandering creeks and backwaters of the Murray River or Lake Bonney on a guided cruise or be your own captain and paddle at your own pace in a kayak.

Hop in a tinny and get to know the bends of the river while trying your luck at fishing.

Photo Credit: Destination Riverland
Photo Credit: Destination Riverland

See a Riverland sunset

You won’t get many winter sunsets better than the ones you’ll see in the Riverland.

Purples, oranges, pinks and blues all paint the sky and create a spectacular reflection on the water.

There are many spots in the Riverland to watch the sun set. Perch yourself on the jetty at Lake Bonney and soak in the beauty or be delighted by the sun reflecting on the cliffs at Headings Cliff Lookout.

Photo Credit: SATC
Photo Credit: Destination Riverland

Play on our awesome playgrounds

There are some fantastic playgrounds spread across the whole region. The famous Monash Adventure Playground and its a-maze-ing maze, Barmera Playspace overlooking Lake Bonney, Waikerie Water & Nature Play Park, Morgan Rail to River Adventure Playground with the PS Morgan Paddle steamer replica and Loxton Pioneer Playground with a flying fox and PS Jolly Miller play structure just to name a few.

Stay an extra night

You’ll never want to leave our amazing region. Destination Riverland have a range of accommodation options – from cosy cottages to river shacks, holiday homes for the whole family, hotels and B&B’s.

Photo Credit: Waikerie Golf Club, SATC
Photo Credit: Riverline Cottage

Destination Riverland currently have a #returntotheriverland campaign encouraging the public to head back to the beautiful region. Check out their gallery which showcases people’s experiences in the Riverland.

For everything Riverland related, head to https://www.destinationriverland.org.au/.

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