Renmark and surrounds

Renmark is a friendly Riverland town from which to base yourself whilst exploring surrounding areas.

Australia’s oldest irrigation settlement, Renmark takes its name from the Aboriginal word meaning, ‘red mud’. The town was founded in 1887, following a joint agreement between the state government and Canadian engineers, George and Ben Chaffey. The brothers were instrumental in helping to establish the system of irrigation still in use on the Murray today.

Begin your stay with a cruise. Relax on the historic paddle steamer Industry or captain your own houseboat. Don’t miss this great opportunity to walk on water-learn to ski or wakeboard with Footing Fever Water Ski School (by appointment).

Take a stroll along the easy five-kilometre Renmark riverfront interpretive walk. An extension of the walk takes you to the nearby town of Paringa.

Three kilometres outside Renmark is the McCormick Centre, which includes an interpretive model that shows the enormity and importance – and workings – of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Sample the local drop at Mallee Estates, Kahlon Estates, Renmano and Angove Winery cellar doors. You can also get a taste of the region’s great food and wine at many of the restaurants, pubs and the community club. Make sure you drop into Almondco Hut or Nuts about Fruit to get a taste of the local produce.

Discover the backwaters of the Murray on a backwater dinghy tour. You will see a very different side to this great river – extensive birdlife, plus diverse flora and fauna.

There’s adventure of a different kind at Bredl’s Wonder World of Wildlife. One of their informative guides will allow you to feed and hold a massive python!

Just 40 kilometres from Renmark, where the Outback meets the river, is Chowilla Station and Reserve offering a wealth of natural, historic and cultural experiences. Go with a group and stay in the Shearers’ Quarters overlooking the Murray River. Hire a canoe and explore this pristine natural bushland, or discover this peaceful location on a houseboat. Camping and tours are available.

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