Riverland, located on the picturesque banks of the Murray River, is a region known for its relaxed pace, peaceful waterways, and unparalleled pristine bushland. First time visiting adventure enthusiasts are likely to be left speechless by the regions plentiful offerings (canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding to name a few), while nature lovers and bird watchers will be astounded by the regions ochre coloured cliffs and diverse array of wildlife.
Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Riverland.
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Go fishing on the Murray
The Murray River is renowned for its incredible fishing. Home to an incredible array of fish species, including Murray cod, golden perch, trout cod, cap, redfin, Murray hardyhead, silver perch, flat-headed gudgeon and more, Riverland is the perfect location to perch yourself on a pair of camping chairs with an esky, or hire a tinny and spend the day on the water.
Early mornings and late evenings are the best time for fishing in this region, and the rivers deep holes, sand bars and under logs are ideal river features to look for when selecting your perfect fishing spot.
Visit Salena Estate Wines & Cellar Door
Salena Estate Wines, located a short drive across the Murray River from The Comfort Inn & Suites Riverland, is one of the largest producers of organic wine in Australia. With a passion for minimum-intervention production at its core, Salena Estate is known for its Shiraz, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Take a tour of the vineyard and then enjoy lunch at Cucina 837, where head chef Vincenzo’s ever changing menu utilises local seasonal produce in modern interpretations of traditional Italian cuisine.
See Lake Bonney at sunset
Arguably one of the most Instagrammed locations in the Murray region, Lake Bonney’s dead river gums provide a strikingly beautiful frame for sunset over the pristine and tranquil lake.
Get coffee at the Fire Station Roastery & Cafe
Arrosto Coffee, located in the Old Renmark Firestation, is a vibrant cafe that serves Arrosto’s award-winning in house blend. Owned by locals Callum and Lauren Benda, Arrosto, located a short drive from The Comfort Inn & Suites Riverland, is known for its cold drip coffee, which is brewed using traditional Japanese cold drip techniques, whilst combining state of the art computer controlled brewing equipment from the USA.
Explore the Waikerie bird watching trail
The Waikerie bird watching trail, which traverses through the Riverland region, is a tour of 11 lookouts, lagoons and reserves that are home to rare and almost-extinct native birds. The trail can be explored in as little as a half day, or over several days, and is recommended for adults and children alike. Birds that may be spotted on the trail include, but are not limited to, the Blue Billed Duck, Red-Backed Kingfisher, Regent Parrot, Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo, Black Falcon, and White Breasted Sea Eagle.
Visit the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve
The River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve is one of only 15 dark sky reserves across the world. Located on the northern border of the Murray River, the reserve, accredited by the International Dark Sky Association (IDSA), is a part of the International Dark Sky Places (IDSP) Program, founded in 2001 to protect and preserve places with dark, unpolluted night skies.
Need a place to stay?
Warm, country hospitality awaits you at the Comfort Inn & Suites Riverland. With larger than average rooms, golf course views, a seasonal outdoor pool, and grassed tennis courts ready for entertainment, this accommodation is perfect for leisure guests and family holidays. Additional amenities include free WiFi, guest laundry facilities, and free onsite parking. Conveniently located within the Riverland region of South Australia, providing easy access to local boutique wineries, trendy restaurants, historic homesteads, inviting pubs and much more.
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