Riverland - Getting Here and Around
All roads lead to the Riverland
The Riverland is easily accessible by car, campervan, coach or with a caravan. There are many ways to get to the region from Adelaide or the eastern states. The hard part is deciding what to do first when you get there.
Blanchetown, the gateway to the Riverland, is less than two hours drive from Adelaide. Most major towns are less than an hour away from there. Take Main North Road to the Sturt Highway (A20) and before you know it, you've arrived.
Come by car
If you're south of Adelaide, take the South Eastern Freeway (M1) via Murray Bridge, and then head north to the Riverland. If travelling from Victoria, take the Sturt Highway (A20); from Sydney, travel via the Mid-Western Highway (A24) to the Sturt Highway (A20), along with other roads within the state.
The River and Wine self drive itinerary is a great option if you want to take the scenic route. Allow six days travelling time from either Sydney or Melbourne and highlights include towns along the Murray River, Clare Valley and Barossa, before arriving in Adelaide.
Consider a coach or bus
Premier Stateliner operates a regular service to Berri, Barmera, Loxton, Renmark and Waikerie, departing from the Adelaide Central Bus Station in Franklin Street. For more information visit Premier Stateliner.
Greyhound Australia runs buses from Sydney to Adelaide and vice-versa, travelling through Berri and Renmark in the Riverland. Visit Greyhound Australia for details.
International and domestic visitors can fly from Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane into Mildura Airport - then it’s just an hour's drive to the Riverland’s doorstep.
Be your own tour guide
Travelling by car, campervan or four wheel drive (4WD) is the most convenient way to experience the Riverland. Crossing the river is made easy with road bridges at Paringa, Berri, Kingston-on-Murray and Blanchetown, as well as free vehicle ferries at Lyrup, Waikerie, Cadell and Morgan.
Each ferry, named after a local native bird, operates 24 hours, seven days a week, unless otherwise advertised. These ferries can accommodate large vehicles, including caravans and campervans. For information on ferry services phone (08) 8532 8112 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
Ahoy there, captain!
Arguably the best way to experience the Riverland is on the water itself. Hire a houseboat and spend your days casually exploring the region via the Murray River. Only a driver’s license is required and your houseboat hire company will provide you with an induction on driving a houseboat and its special features.
Paddle in a canoe or kayak for unique access to thousands of kilometres of pristine creeks and river channels.
Driving tips - drive on the left in Australia
Be sure to drive on the left-hand side of two-way roads. Obey the road signs and remember that speed limits are strictly enforced. You must not drive if your blood alcohol level is 0.05 per cent or higher. Using a hand-held mobile phone when driving is also not permitted.
When travelling long distances plan your journey to include several rest breaks and ensure you have enough supplies, water and fuel. For your safety and enjoyment slow down, relax and enjoy the country pace of the region.
Off the beaten track
There are several conservation parks and reserves to explore in the Riverland.
Bakara Conservation Park and Billiatt Wilderness Protection Area (located west and south of Loxton) boast superb examples of a mallee landscape. At Banrock Station, sandy tracks and 4WD vehicles make a trip to the mallee parks a wonderful experience in the cooler months.
For more information about exploring public and private conservation reserves in the Riverland, grab a brochure from a Riverland visitor information centre.
Remember, the speed limit in our conservation parks is 40 kilometres per hour. If you’re in sand dunes or thick mallee scrub, stick to the existing wheel ruts. Reduce your tyre pressure when driving in sand. Look out for oncoming vehicles, pedestrians or animals. It’s remote but you’re not alone. Camp at the marked sites inside. Fees may apply.
Leave yourself some time to take a good look around the Riverland.
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