Top things to do in Murray River

Top Choice Winery in Barmera & Around

Banrock Station

Overlooking regenerated wetlands off the Sturt Hwy at Kingston OM (Ngawitjerook tribal country), carbon-neutral Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre is a stylish, rammed-earth wine-tasting centre (love the temp…
Top Choice Distillery in Renmark & Paringa

Twenty Third Street Distillery

Sip your way into some heady Riverland spirits at this fabulously renovated, art deco factory on the road into Renmark. The old distillery here closed in 2002, buckling under market pressures, but it's made one hell…
Top Choice Brewery in Renmark & Paringa

Woolshed Brewery

Amid the grapevines and orchards, 15km north of Renmark on a Murray River kink, the Woolshed is doing marvellous things. Part of the historic Wilkadene Homestead, the 100-year-old shed is now a craft-beer brewery, i…
Top Choice Bar in Loxton

Here's Your Beer

In a big tin shed in Loxton's back blocks, this hipster haven pours craft beers and plates up beaut burgers to anyone who doesn't want to go to the local pub. The vibe is 'urbanish', says the owner (more 'retro' by …
Cafe in Barmera & Around

Bluebird Cafe

This bayou shack on the shores of Lake Bonney is that actual building in which Donald Campbell stored his Bluebird boat during his unsuccessful attempted to break the world water-speed record in 1964. These days it'…
Museum in Barmera & Around

Rocky's Hall of Fame Pioneers Museum

Named after Dean 'Rocky' Page, local radio legend, Rocky's blares sincere rural twangings down the main street from outdoor speakers. Inside is a wealth of country-and-western ephemera. Don't miss the 35m Botanical …
Winery in Renmark & Paringa

Angove

SA wine snobs tend to turn up their noses at Angove, but that's really just a load of old "!%$ (insert expletive of choice). Sure, it's a big-scale producer, but Angove wines are well-balanced, versatile and afforda…
Pub Food in Barmera & Around

Overland Corner Hotel

About 19km northwest of Barmera, this moody 1859 boozer is named after a Murray River bend where drovers used to camp. The pub walls ooze character and the meals are drover-sized, plus there's a museum, resident gho…
Zoo in Murray Bridge

Monarto Zoo

About 14km west of Murray Bridge, this excellent open-range zoo is home to Australian and African beasts including cheetahs, meerkats, rhino, zebras and giraffe (and the photogenic offspring thereof). A hop-on/hop-o…
Cafe in Renmark & Paringa

Arrosto Coffee

Inside Renmark's old fire station (a handsome 1959 modernist number), Arrosto's enthusiastic owners brew the best coffee in the Riverland. They travel to targeted destinations every year (Guatemala, India, Columbia)…