Riverland Family Holidays
Fun for everyone
The Riverland is brimming with things to see and do for every member of the family.
Discover native wildlife, go on an eco-tourism adventure or conquer the Monash maze; hire a canoe, houseboat or take the family on a river cruise - there’s something in the Riverland for the young and young at heart.
Plenty of places to play
In Barmera, you'll find Lake Bonney - a favourite place for families as it's great for swimming, fishing, waterskiing and canoeing. Bring your own equipment or hire canoes and kayaks from a local rental store, or join a guided tour of the waterways.
Spend hours at the Barmera Playspace and enjoy the barbecue facilities. Monash Adventure Park is also free to visit and is one of the best playgrounds in South Australia with its great maze, huge swings, slides, climbing towers, flying foxes, a rope bridge and tree house. Across the road, is a chocolate shop and community club for bistro-style dining.
Not far away at Cobdogla, the Irrigation & Steam Museum features Margaret the Steam Train, along with other pumps, engines and a tractor to ride.
A hive of activity... and history
In Renmark, take a cruise aboard the historic paddle-steamer PS Industry, cycle along the river front or catch a movie at the Chaffey Theatre. Visit the library or collect a kid’s activity pack at the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre.
Discover the history of the Loxton district’s early settlement at the award-winning Loxton Historical Village. At Kingston-on-Murray visit Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre and follow the boardwalk trail through the wetlands for an eco-tourism adventure.
Teach the kids to camp
The Riverland boasts numerous peaceful campsites along creeks lined with red gums and river banks that stretch for thousands of kilometres. Katarapko and Lyrup Flats in the Murray River National Park are popular spots, as is Danggali Conservation Park. Chowilla Game Reserve and Regional Reserve has an Aboriginal name meaning ‘place of good spirits’ or ‘good camping place’.
Plan a quiet camping trip during the cooler months and enjoy the clean air, tranquillity, outdoor cooking and even try fishing for your next meal.
The family that fishes together...
Fishing is a popular past-time in the Riverland with several species that make a day’s fishing both interesting and rewarding. The most popular angling and eating fish is callop, also known as golden perch or yellow belly.
The Murray cod is legendary but it is also a protected species. Refer to PIRSA Fisheries for more information before you cast a line.
The famous Murray River yabby is typically abundant from October to April, especially after high winter and spring flows. It is a delicacy and great fun to catch. A good spot to try is Katarapko Creek in the Murray River National Park.
Possums on parade
View the friendly possums each evening at dusk on the lawns of the Renmark riverfront opposite the Renmark Hotel.
The Riverland - it's the perfect place for a family getaway.
He's the host of South Aussie with Cosi, a family man and most importantly, passionate about South Australia. Andrew 'Cosi' Costello shares his top five tips for a great family holiday in South Australia.
1. One of the state's best caravan parks is located in Renmark. Splash out and get a riverfront cabin - it's well worth the extra money for a great view of the Murray.
2. At sundown, a local lady feeds the possums that live in the main street of Renmark. Head down and take a look as it's not only fun, it's also free.
3. Speaking of free, Monash playground is so much fun so definitely make a point of stopping past there for the kids to have a play.
4. And make sure when your returning home you stop at one of the fruit and veg stalls on the sides of the road. Great local produce and 100% of the profits go straight to the local farmers.
5. Don't forget your fishing rod. There's a really good feeling you get from ridding the Murray of those pesky carp, so that’s worth putting on the 'to do' list as well!
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