8 stunning accommodation stays in SA’s Riverland

Here’s a guide to eight stunning accommodation stays in South Australia’s Riverland.

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The Riverland, a hidden gem of South Australia, is the ultimate escape for travellers seeking remarkable experiences. Nestled along the banks of the awe-inspiring Murray River, the Riverland offers a picturesque landscape that remains a well-kept secret. 

As Australia’s longest and largest river system, the mighty Murray flows through this region, offering an unparalleled natural playground. Riverland towns like Waikerie, Berri, Loxton, Renmark, Barmera and Morgan, show this region has an abundance of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. 

While the Riverland offers various family-friendly holiday parks and more budget-friendly accommodation choices, there’s also a collection of luxurious stays that promise an extraordinary Riverland experience.  

In this guide, we will unveil a selection of eightopulent accommodations, each offering a unique perspective on the Riverland’s charm. 

Pike River Luxury Villas – Lyrup

If you want luxury, here it is. As you make your way up the dirt road to the Pike River Luxury Villas, which sit on 15 acres of prime riverfront land, you’re swept away by the breathtaking views and the lavish surroundings.

These fully self-contained villas redefine relaxation, offering an oasis for your soul while serving as a perfect home base for exploring the mesmerising Riverland region – that is, if you can bear to leave your villa’s embrace.

With captivating views of both the Murray and Pike Rivers, the villas offer an ideal retreat for those seeking seclusion or adventures on the water, road, or in the air. They harmoniously blend luxury accommodations with an eco-friendly and sustainable ethos, ensuring your stay is as kind to the environment as it is to your well-being.

Pike River Luxury Villas are also home to the Riverland Wine Centre, which is the perfect venue for weddings and other celebrations. Since opening in the 2019 Winter, they have been promoting the wonderful range of quality Riverland Wines and organic produce brought to you by local producers.

Pike River Luxury Vilas
Where: 8 Pike Creek Rd, Lyrup SA 5343
Price: $295 ~ $445
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Parcoola Retreats – Overland Corner

Parcoola Retreats’ riverside sanctuary, Villa Flow, offers a secluded escape with panoramic views of the Murray River at Overland Corner. Here, luxury harmonises with eco-conscious living in a serene rural setting, where a mere 120-meter stroll from the doorstep grants easy access to the Murray River. 

This purposefully designed luxury rural accommodation, featuring Villa Flow and a restored stone cottage, offers abundant outdoor living space to enjoy sweeping views from a large deck and dining settings. Reconnect and stargaze around the fire pit or take a long soak in the claw foot bathtub, uniquely housed in the lovingly restored Fisherman’s cottage. 

Nestled among black box eucalypt trees, the retreat provides a haven for birdlife, serenading you with soothing birdsong. It’s the perfect space to enjoy picnics along the riverbanks or embark on self-guided kayaking adventures using the provided kayaks. 

Parcoola Retreats
Where: Overland Corner
Price: $450 ~ $510
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Drift (Riverfun Houseboats) – Renmark

Built by an architect, this million dollar houseboat by Riverfun Houseboats is every bit as glamorous as the photos suggest, and the experience itself, is one for your bucket list. 

Moored at picturesque Renmark, Drift is an exercise in making time to sit back, relax and enjoy time with your loved ones. 

Comfortably sleeping 12 people whether it’s a large family, group of friends, or a cooperative get-together, it enjoys luxurious appointments inside and out. You can watch the sunset from the heated spa, lounge, bedroom, kitchen, or swim deck; the possibilities are endless with its full 360’ view. 

Drift (Riverfun Houseboats)
Where: Moored at Renmark
Price: From $4,750 for 3 nights, off peak (plus fuel)
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The River Vista – Monash

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The River Vista is a 2 bedroom cottage that redefines what it means to experience luxury in the Riverland: it’s river style, reinvented. Set atop a cliff and boasting 180 degree views of Spring Cart Gully, the boutique accommodation is perfectly placed between the popular Riverland towns of Renmark and Berri. 

Indulge in a delicious grazing platter with locally made gin or wine. Sit under the bright, starry sky, cosy in the sunken cliffside fire pit. Soak in the freestanding, stone bath-tub & and fall away into a deep sleep, wrapped in the most delicious, pure linen. 

Visitors at the BnB can access private aircraft charters and scenic flights, remote river-side picnic dinners by boat, Cliffside personal training and Pilates, and even an in-house chef on request. 

The River Vista
Where: 19324 Sturt Hwy, Monash SA 5342
Price: $480 ~ $750
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Par Five Shacks – Berri

Par Five Shacks, nestled in the heart of Berri, reimagines the traditional shack concept, offering a blend of luxury, upscale finishes, and elegant furnishings. 

The new resort which only finished being built last year has proudly unveiled its 13 meticulously designed private rooms. From the spacious King Studios to the Deluxe Two Bedroom Apartments, each space is curated for the discerning traveller. 

Immerse yourself in the brand-new, thoughtfully designed rooms, meticulously crafted for a modern escape. Experience the comfort of king-sized beds, indulge in Smart TVs, and unwind on your private patio complete with a relaxing daybed. 

Par Five Shacks
Where: 45 Shiell Road, Berri, South Australia 5343
Price range:  $199 ~ $399
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River Hamptons – Berri

The ribboning River Murray bends around Berri, the pocket of the Riverland in which you’ll find this dreamy oasis estate. Sleeping up to twelve across its two luxurious dwellings, the Homestead and the Barn, the River Hamptons estate is the ultimate accommodation. 

Whether you’re booking a retreat for the whole family or stretching out in the open space for a romantic getaway with your special someone, the abundance of luxury rooms allows plenty of room for however you’d like to spend your stay. 

French navy, pastel cornflower, palest dawn blue against crisp white are all the cooling accents throughout the Homestead which take their cues from New York’s affluent Long Island seaside communities. With its pristine manicured lawns and tennis court, a crystal clear stretch of outdoor pool, hues of blue and green bring guests of River Hamptons estate back to nature. 

River Hamptons
Where: 23 Fenwick Road, Berri, Riverland
Price guide: $900 ~ $1600
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The Frames – Paringa

Unwind in absolute luxury at The Frames in the Riverland. This isn’t just a retreat; it’s a haven of extravagance that’ll make you want to stay forever. Each of the three opulent retreats boasts a private pool, spa, and a balcony with jaw-dropping views of the majestic Murray River. 

Indulge in pure seclusion with fully self-contained spaces, where the bed is as dreamy as the linen, and the appliances are top-notch. The outdoor poolside kitchens make you feel like a master chef while soaking in the view. 

But the pampering doesn’t stop there – their bathrooms are a sensory wonderland with spa baths, saunas, and indulgent rain showers. 

Beyond your retreat, The Frames offer exclusive experiences like Sunset Gondola Cruises, Wetland & Wildlife Safaris, and Flavour Safaris. Or have your very own personal chef whip up a three-course meal in your retreat. 

The Frames
Where: Lot 7 Panorama Court, Paringa, South Australia
Price guide: $1300 ~ $2000
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The River Block – Bookpurnong

Nestled beside a private lagoon, The River Block offers much more than mere lodging. With three stunning bedrooms, including a King, Queen, and Double room, this retreat caters to all. A fully equipped kitchen and an outdoor area overlooking the serene lagoon complete the picture. 

Mornings here are an ethereal experience, with reflections blurring the lines between sky and water. Evenings enchant with sunsets that resemble cotton candy in the sky. 

The River Block is not just about cozy beds and luxurious linens, although they’ve got those too. It’s about the unique vibe that surrounds this haven, making your stay truly unforgettable. The River Block also serves as a unique all-in-one event and wedding space. 

The River Block
Where: 184 Nitschke Rd, Bookpurnong SA 5333
Price: $250 ~ $445
More info: Click here

To explore more accommodation options, or plan your stay, head here.

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