FRUIT FLY OUTBREAK - Renmark and the greater Riverland area currently have a number of fruit fly outbreaks.  This has resulted in restrictions applying to the movement of at-risk fruit and vegetables within our region. To further understand these restrictions, please visit when planning your visit.

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 SA History Festival




Through Their Eyes - Renmark Paringa Community & Civic Centre
Wednesday 1 May - Friday 24 May - 10am to 4pm
Phone: 0407 295 321 (Richard Mast)
An exhibition of historical photos  from 1887 to 1937 of Renmark which have been expertly colored by Richard Mast based on the trends of the era.  The exhibition includes river and town scenes, buildings from yesteryear and key events that occurred during this timeframe.  Richard will be on hand on certain days to provide extra context to the images.


Power of Early Settlers - Hotel Renmark Museum
Throughout May - 9am to 6pm
Phone: 08 0429 040 046 (Ann)

Hotel Renmark was the first ‘community owned hotel’ in the British Empire. In 1897 a group of early settlers got together, combined their resources, and established the hotel. Visitors are free to browse the museum on the first floor, and view the five rooms showcasing early settler achievements. Honour boards of past Managers and Chairmen downstairs on display. All welcome. 


Power of the Volunteer - Olivewood Historic Homestead & Museum
Saturday 4 May - 10am to 12 noon
Phone: 08 8586 6175 (Ann)

Come and join Olivewood Historic Homestead and Museum as they acknowledge the Volunteers who where instrumental in establishing the first South Australian Branch of the National Trust in Renmark in 1956.  It is the dedication of these Volunteers over the last 68 years that has made Olivewood what it is today!   A Members Memorial Wall will be launched to honour Olivewood's past members with the launch commencing at 10am.


Powering Up Paringa - Renmark Paringa Community Museum
Sunday 5 May - 8.30am to 2pm
Phone: 0407 618 311 (Wayne)

Join the Renmark Paringa Community Museum as they present their Open Day - 'Powering Up Paringa' as part of the 2024 SA History Festival!

The volunteer run Museum will celebrate 'Power' through -

  • the Paddle Steamer (PS) Industry powering under the historic Paringa Bridge (9.30am) as it makes its way downstream to Berri
  • the powering up of their huge range of stationary engines by their volunteers
  • a display by the Riverland Vintage and Classic Car Club
  • the opening of the PS Industry Display and 
  • the opening of the new Black Stump display

Catering will be provided by the Renmark Lions Club with entry by donation.  This is a great chance to explore the Community Museum and all see all the changes and updates that have occurred in recent times. 

Innovation & Cultural Change: RIT's Channels to Pipes Program 1968-1977 - Renmark Public Library
Wednesday 29 May - 3pm to 4.30pm
Phone: 08 8586 5544 or 0499 681 556 for bookings

Do you remember jumping into Renmark’s channels as a child? Renmark Irrigation Trust was the first irrigation trust to convert its channel network to a closed pipe system. Although there were no more channels for swimming, there was a remarkable 33% drop in water use which far exceeded expectations. Come and hear a panel recall how the scheme changed their lives.

Bookings required to the library and light refreshments provided.