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The Riverland Region

 

BLANCHETOWN - 132 Kilometres from Adelaide

This quiet township is in essence an informal holiday town made up of unpretentious river shacks for lovers of relaxed river days. The uncrowded waterways, sheltered river bends and sandy banks are popular with water-skiers in the summer months.
Blanchetown is where the Murray River's lock and weir water flow management system starts. The system was constructed along the river in the 1920s and 1930s to help control the water level so that cargo and paddle steamers would always be able to navigate the waterways.
The old bridge in the town gives an excellent view of Lock 1 and circling above are hundreds of hungry pelicans that love to feed on the schools of fish near the spillway.
Although Blanchetown's towering cliffs are famous for the grand views of their changing colours, closer inspection reveals fossilised treasures such as starfish, shells and fish.
Blanchetown's history is full of quirky stories such as this: the Post Office building was originally intended to be a railway station, but the rail plans changed and no track was ever built. Discover more about its history by undertaking the Blanchetown Historical Walk. Pick up a copy of the booklet from various outlets in the town.

 

BURK SALTER WINES - www.burksalterwines.com.au

Burk Salter Wines was established in 2002 with Greg and Jane Salter proprietors. It was named after Greg's father who in the 1930's helped his father Frank plant the first vineyard in the area. The Cellar Door is situated on Paisley Road, Blanchetown, South Australia.
The building was the old Mobil Service Station owned and run by Burk and his wife Yvonne in the 1950's and the mechanics garage now houses the tasting room. The rest of the building has been lovingly renovated and now offers Bed and Breakfast accommodation.
The wine is made exclusively from grapes grown on the Salter family vineyards and crafted by talented winemakers to world class standards.

 

WINE AND WETLAND TOUR

Greg and Jane Salter from Burk Salter Wines now offer tours of their wetlands.
Situated at Blanchetown in the lower reaches of the Riverland, the area is noted for its history and its wildlife.
The tour is conducted aboard a restored 1927 Chevrolet Truck.
Finish off the tour with some wine tasting, including a cheese platter, at the Cellar Door. Ph 08 85405023 or 0438405023

 

LOCK AND WEIR 1

Completed in 1922, Blanchetown lock was the first on the Murray River system. The purpose of the lock and weir was originally built to provide year-round river navigation for commercial cargo boats and for irrigation diversions by pumping or gravity. Today the commercial cargo trade has disappeared, but the weir and lock continue to serve the original irrigation function and are increasingly important for recreational boating.

 

BROOKFIELD CONSERVATION PARK

Nearby is the Brookfield Conservation Park 11km out of town, a dedicated habitat and breeding ground for the southern hairy-nosed wombats that can be seen grazing on the western side of the river. The park is partly funded by the Chicago Zoological Society. Any member of the public can have daily access to the public section of Brookfield Conservation Park. This includes the Picnic area and Three Habitat Walk.No camping is permitted within the park.
You can also see wombats on the Morgan road at dusk coming up from their burrows.

 

HISTORICAL BLANCHETOWN HOTEL

Probably the most interesting building in the area is the Blanchetown Hotel which has been trading on its present site for 117 years. The Hotel license is actually older than this because the license was transferred to the current site from a position further downstream.

The building itself is a gem of pioneer construction. The rafters were shaped with a broad axe.
The 6 x 8 inch nails used were hand made. The roof rests on rough shaped sapling bearers which still, incidentally, retain their original bark. Mind you, the bar area has been modernised to a degree but, fortunately, the licensee, who has an eye for preserving the original building, has not in any way changed any other section. All this is certainly a building which must be visited by anyone who enjoys historical architecture. There are many other items of interest for the tourist, just ask the Hotel staff.

 

WITHIN ½ HR DRIVE

 

Waikerie

 

Waikerie Visitor Information Centre and Orange Tree Giftmania
The Waikerie Visitor Information Centre is located within Orange Tree Giftmania on the Sturt Highway & is the ideal first stop for all visitors passing through or to the Riverland.  Comprehensive Local and Riverland tourist Information, maps, brochures are available as well as the complete range of SATC SA Visitor Guides and a small display of Interstate information.  An extensive range of local produce is available for purchase: dried fruits, olive oils, jams, sauces and immensely popular chocolate dipped apricots or fruits.  Diabetic products, non-alcoholic wines and a large range of Waikerie and Australian souvenirs are also available.  Local photographer Paul White has a spectacular display of local photographs for sale, complimenting his famous Riverland & South Australian DVDs, which make the perfect reminder or gift from the Riverland.
12911 Sturt Highway, PO Box 570, Waikerie SA 5330 - Ph/Fax: 08 8541 2332
Email: info@waikerievic.com.au

Open
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Sat, Sun and Public holidays 10am - 4pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

 

 

HAVENHAND CHOCOLATE

Havenhand Chocolates are a South Australian owned family business with its heart in the Riverland, the fruit bowl of the state.
With a passion for the quality of Riverland fruit our European trained Chocolatier Janet, has combined her artistic abilities with chocolate produced by a Belgian Chocolate maker to produce award-winning chocolates.
These awards include 'Top Gold' and numerous 'Gold' at the past 2006 and 2007 Adelaide Shows, and 'Sliver' at the Dairy Industry of Australia awards in Sydney.
A recent new expansion includes the development of our Alfresco and 'Chocolate Cafe' dining areas

with magnificent views of our Murray River and the installation of our new retail area. Come in and enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee or one of the many 'Chocolate Experience' dishes using the Riverland's premium fruits and chocolate products including chocolate fondues, chocolate waffles, scones and cream and a variety of light meals including hot soup of the day and bruschettas.
If you visit when our expert Chocolatier is working, watch the art of hand crafting chocolates through the window into her work area.

 

ILLALANGI
Excite your senses. Call into Illalangi’s new shop located at 12915 Sturt Highway next door to the Waikerie Tourist Information Centre. Illalangi is well recognised through out the region and State for our quality Riverland produced gourmet foods &olive oils.  We have a great range gourmet foods, extra virgin olive oil, soaps and a stunning range of gourmet food & wine hampers. We are open for tastings and sampling, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm and by appointment through the week. Sturt Highway, Waikerie Ph: 0427 419 037
www.illalangi.com.au

 

RAINMOTH GALLERY

The Rain Moth Gallery shop has a wide range of art and craft for sale from Riverland and South Australian artists.
The exhibition rooms feature a minimum of eight new exhibitions per year ranging from paintings, to glass work, to creative crafts, to school students art, and displays of historical importance.
Outside the gallery is an art space featuring mosaic work and sculpture.

 

WAIKERIE GLIDING CLUB

Waikerie is world renowned for the fantastic soaring conditions which prevail over a generally long, hot summer. The surrounding countryside offers excellent cross country soaring. The Club has something for anyone interested in gliding, whether you are trying gliding for the first time, or an experienced glider pilot looking for a great place to extend yourself.
Flights are suitable for persons 10 years of age and over. Weight limitation of 110 kilograms maximum applies. Phone: 08 8272 5929.

 

WAIKERIE GOLF CLUB

Regarded as one of the best golf courses in South Australia, the Waikerie Golf Club is an 18-hole course with Par 72, 5,971 metres and has Australian course rating of 71.
The course has a new fully automated nighttime watering system with pop-ups and we have established tree lined contoured fairways with extensive grass mounding. There is a driving range, practice putting and chipping greens with licensed clubrooms and catering facilities. Electric golf carts are also available. Phone: 08 8541 9072
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WAIKERIE MURRAY RIVER QUEEN

The Murray River Queen, built in 1974, spent 17 years delighting passengers with her luxury river cruises before retiring to Goolwa to become a floating motel.Now, situated in the picturesque Riverland town of Waikerie, she has been renewed and revitalized and is once again cruising the Murray River.  When not cruising, the cafe on the back deck is open from 10am to 5pm with lunches served from 12pm to 2pm.

 

SWAN REACH

 

SWAN REACH MUSEUM

The Swan Reach Museum is located on Nildottie Road, opposite the town's cemetery.
Site of the original Swan Reach Area School built in 1917, the museum holds a fascinating collection of memorabilia, which reflects upon the early European history of this magnificent part of the River Murray in South Australia. One of the themes of the museum’s collection is education within the district, which consists of a large collection of school photographs, attendance registers and memorabilia. The collection extends beyond Swan Reach to include historical items from river and rural communities of Murbko, Boolgun, Maggea, Galga, Copeville, Bowhill, Purnong, Walker Flat, Black Hill, Punyelroo, Blanchetown and settlements within this border.
Available at the museum are souvenir spoons, fridge magnets, beer stubby holders, tea towels, colour 1956 flood postcards of Swan Reach, town, family and river history books.

 

SWAN REACH HOTEL

The Swan Reach Hotel is unique in hotel standards as it was not purpose built, but was formed around the original Swan Reach Station homestead, which was built circa 1865. Today you'll find a well compiled photographic collecton and edited history of the hotel on display throughout the premises and visitors are welcome to come in and browse. The hotel's dining room and shaded beer garden offer unsurpassed views of the Murray River and wildlife where one can relax and enjoy a meal or just sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

 

BIG BEND BY NIGHT NOCTURNAL TOUR AND DINNER

Self drive to property and enjoy a three-course dinner at sunset as the Big Bend cliffs change colour with the setting sun followed by a spotlighting adventure in a comfortable covered wagon to view the wombats, kangaroos and other native wildlife as they comes out to feed at night. Ph: 08 85701 097. www.bigbend.com.au

 

NGAUT NGAUT ABORIGINAL SITE

The Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Site offers a walk through Aboriginal dreaming and culture.
Join the guides on a tour through the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Site and experience Aboriginal culture as you journey through the ancestral home of the Nganguraku People. Visit the birthplace of the "Black Duck Dreaming" on the banks of the mighty Murray River, just a pleasant 45-minute drive from the riverboat town of Mannum.
Climb the boardwalk as it meanders up the majestic cliffs of a seabed laid down eons ago and view the majesty of one of the most pristine and beautiful stretches of water the River Murray has to offer.
Marvel as the story of rock art and a culture older than antiquity unfolds before you. This experience will challenge your perception of Aboriginal culture and leave you in awe of the resourcefulness of Australia's indigenous people.
Ph: 08 8570 1202

 

SEDAN

 

PAINTBALL SKIRMISH
Paintball is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet - when you play your first game, you will see why! People from all walks of life enjoy Paintball. It is a sport in which men and women may compete on equal terms, and age is not dominated by youth. Intelligence and determination can be just as crucial to victory as strength, speed or agility. Moreover, Paintball builds character. Players learn about teamwork, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and develop leadership abilities. Above all, Paintball is exciting and fun! It's a chance to shake off your day-to-day responsibilities and rekindle your spirit of adventure. Teamwork, stealth and skill. All in an exhilarating and challenging game. No matter who you are or what you do, Paintball Skirmish SA guarantees an adventure experience that you will never forget! Ph: 08) 8445 1679.

 

MORGAN

 

MORGAN MUSEUM

The Morgan Museum is situated in the Landseers building and overlooks the lawn riverbank area and the ferry.
Early life in the Morgan area is the theme. This encompasses the farming activities, riverboat trade with the railway linking Morgan to the seaport of Adelaide and the pumping station for the Morgan to Whyalla pipeline.
Superb horse drawn vehicles used for the transportation of goods and passengers are on display along with a 1926 Chevrolet truck in working order. Your family will also enjoy the old telephone exchange set up near the old schoolroom and the farmhouse kitchen.
You will enjoy wandering around the exhibits in the Morgan Museum so be sure to include a visit to Morgan when you plan your next trip to the Riverland in South Australia. A fantastic display of model paddle wheelers from the Peter Barcham collection is also on display. These vessels are important in the history of Morgan.

 

 

 

A BIT FURTHER

 

BANROCK STATION WINE AND WETLAND CENTRE

Banrock Station provides the ideal setting to enjoy an outstanding wine, food and nature experience.
Situated in the heart of the Riverland, Banrock Station features scenic walking trails around magnificently restored Ramsar listed wetlands with story centres, information huts and bird hides where you can view abundant wildlife.
The Wine and Wetland Centre overlooking the vineyards and panoramic wetlands, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy lunch from their menu which showcases the outstanding produce available in the region, complimented of course by a glass of great Banrock Station wine.

 

MONASH ADVENTURE PARK

Monash Adventure Park provides fun for all ages including crazy leaning towers, a Burmese rope bridge, wave bridge, mini basketball, flying fox, slippery dip and lots more.
Take your family wandering through the huge maze, with its high walls, secret doorways and little playground hidden inside.
There's free electric barbecues and picnic facilities along with a paddleboat kiosk, and a lovely creek meanders through the park.
Monash Adventure Park is a great place for any family to visit and one of the most popular attractions in the Riverland.

 

 

BIRDS AUSTRALIA GLUEPOT RESERVE

Gluepot Reserve is a birdwatcher's paradise. Black-Eared Miners, Red-Lored Whistlers and Malleefowl are among the 18 nationally threatened species which can be seen regularly. Fourteen marked walking trails lead the visitor through the varied vegetation and five elevated bird hides provide magnificent viewing for bird watchers.
Gluepot covers 54,300 hectares of mallee scrub, interspersed with Black Oak woodlands. The reserve has a well-marked track system, suitable for two-wheel-drive vehicles and mountain bikes. There are three camping grounds suitable for tents, caravans and vehicles.
Gluepot Reserve is part of the largest block of intact mallee left in eastern Australia and thus the viability of populations of threatened species is high. The reserve is listed on the Register of the National Estate, and is part of Australia's National Reserve System and the Riverland Biosphere Reserve. It’s the largest area of land covered by a Heritage Agreement in South Australia. Phone: 08 8332 1204

 

RIVERLAND FARMERS MARKET - BERRI

The Riverland Farmers' Market is presented weekly on Saturday mornings, commencing at 7.30am until 11.30am, at the Senior Citizens Hall on Crawford Terrace in Berri.
The Farmers Market offers fresh good quality produce sourced direct from the Riverland Producer.
By purchasing and cooking produce in season you capture flavours and aromas that will tantalise and satisfy the palate beyond expectations.
The Riverland grows a comprehensive and diverse range of fruit, vegetable, native foods, smallgoods, meat and organically grown produce that are showcased at the markets.
The Riverland is very fortunate to have a diverse multicultural community who also sell ready to eat meals that have been prepared using traditional cooking methods handed down through the generations.
Intermittently the markets offer cooking demonstrations and promotions.

The culinary tourist seeks tantalising food experiences to complete their visit so the Riverland Markets are a must see whilst in the region.

 

RIVERLAND WINE AND FOOD TRAIL

Riverland is Australia's largest wine grape growing region, so it's not surprising that there are a range of cellar doors here.
The Riverland is also a place of contrasts, with some of the largest production facilities in the southern hemisphere alongside much smaller, family operated boutique wineries. On the Riverland Wine and Food Trail you are encouraged to try wines made from classic and 'new' wine grape varieties.
Need some nibbles to soak up the wine? On the wine and food trail you will be presented with an array of distinctive flavours from traditional crops to gourmet delights and native produce. Be sure to stop at the many roadside produce stalls, factory outlets or experience the best of the seasonal produce at the Riverland farmers markets.

 

For more information vist the Riverland region's website here. Visit the Murraylands website here.