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.
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.
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.
Try diverse local produce
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 Functions, authentic Italian at Cucina 837 or lunch at a friendly local café.
Enjoy the best Greek cuisine from Eleni’s at Mallee Estate, a regional tasting platter at Riverland Wine Centre or experience Aussie country-style meals set amongst picturesque bushland at the Mallee Fowl Restaurant.
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.
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.
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.
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/.