Feature image credit: Murray River Trails
For many of us South Aussies, the Riverland is a go-to holiday destination. And when it comes to things to do in the Riverland, we’re honestly a bit spoilt for choice!
However, if you’re keen to try the lesser-known attractions in the region, you’ll need this guide, where we take you through some of our favourite hidden gems. We’ve covered places to eat, drink, stay, and things to do.
Most SA locals have heard of this one, but few will appreciate its true brilliance.
Mallee Fowl Restaurant, just out of Berri, is a quirky, eclectic and fun place to wine and dine in the Riverland. The restaurant itself resembles an early settlement dwelling, and set on eleven acres, various Australian animals even roam the grounds!
It doesn’t stop there though, with its menu designed to please the whole family, using the finest local ingredients. Mallee Fowl has earned the title of best themed restaurant in Australia, and it is not hard to see why.
19042 Sturt Highway, Berri
Cucina 837 at Salena Estate Wines serves up authentic Italian cuisine, and should be at the top of your list when visiting the Riverland.
Although the menu changes regularly to accommodate local and seasonal produce, you will consistently find some of SA’s best pizza and pasta at Cucina 837, perfectly paired with a glass of red from Salena Estate, whose cellar door is just next door. You’ll find Cucina 837 between Berri and Loxton on Bookpurnong Road.
837 Bookpurnong Road, Bookpurnong
The Overland Corner Hotel is one not to be missed when in the Riverland. The building, constructed in 1846, is one of the oldest standing structures in the whole state, and with that brings some pretty interesting history.
The pub itself serves an outstanding selection of craft beer, wine and spirits, and meals are crafted using the finest local produce. The OC, as it’s colloquially known, is a favourite among locals and visitors alike.
205 Old Coach Road, Overland Corner
23rd Street Distillery may not be a ‘hidden’ gem, but they run an experience which certainly is.
Did you know you can participate in a gin masterclass at 23rd Street? With their Gin Blending experience, you’ll immerse yourself in the craft of distilling.
You’ll even leave with a 200ml bottle of your own handcrafted gin – sounds good to us!
Twentythird St, Renmark
There are so many incredible wine options in the Riverland. Instead of stressing yourself out, trying to visit all those tasting rooms, visit the Riverland Wine Centre, where you’ll find over 25 wineries in the one place.
You can easily book a table online, specifying your preferences to get a personalised, proper taste of this fabulous wine region.
8 Pike Creek Road, Lyrup
Boasting magnificent views of the fairway, Waikerie Golf Club’s villas are the ultimate luxury escape for couples or groups. Guests will enjoy modern furnishings and deluxe facilities throughout their stay, which includes unlimited golf as part of some packages.
With a choice between a deluxe private suite or a 4 or 6 bedroom villa, there is truly something for everyone.
22 Dunlop Road, Sunlands
Those looking for serious sophistication in their Riverland stay need to check out The Frames Retreats.
The Frames offers three lodge-style retreats, each providing something slightly different but equally luxurious. You’ll experience a top-tier standard of luxury accommodation – and your hosts will even help you organise some things to do!
Lot 7, Panorama Court, Paringa
What better way to explore the Riverland, than on the river itself? At Canoe Adventures, you can experience a guided tour of the region – on kayaks! If you’re not quite as confident on the water, the team at Canoe Adventures have specialised instructors to help you learn the ropes.
With a choice of sunrise, sunset, and half or full day tours, you’ll find an experience to suit your requirements.
History buffs simply can’t look past Loxton’s Historical Village. Here, you’ll be taken through the Riverland’s rich history, with a self-guided tour perfect for those looking to soak up all the details.
You’ll get to experience close to 50 different exhibits, including the general store, blacksmith and railway station. A great option for those visiting with children, too.
Allen Hosking Drive, Loxton
The active souls among us will be itching to get out and about while in the Riverland. If that sounds like you, this walking journey, spanning 4 days and 3 nights, will be the perfect fit.
Operated by Murray River Trails, this walking tour completely immerses you in the Riverland environment, without forsaking a little luxury. You’ll relax each night onboard houseboat accommodation, with three-course, nourishing meals provided.
Departing from Renmark
There you have it, your all-inclusive guide to the Riverland’s hidden gems. For more inspiration, check out MasterChef favourite Laura Sharrad’s favourite five places in the Riverland here.
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