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Lock 5 & Bunyip Barge

Attractions Paringa


08 8595 5114


Hours: Open daily 9am to 4pm

Lock 5 was built during the 1920's to regulate the flow and levels of the Murray River, ensuring the river is navigable at all times.


The lock is one of eleven on the river, with Lock 1 being at Blanchetown (SA) and Lock 11 at Mildura (VIC) plus other weirs and structures that also assist in regulating the river.

Visitors are welcome to visit the Lock and enjoy its lush, manicured surrounds. There are some fantastic interpretive and information boards on display in the shelter explaining how the lock was installed and how it operates. Wander up to the edge of the lock chamber to understand the mechanics and size of the structure. You may even be lucky enough to see a vessel passing through the chamber. during your visit!

Also on display is an old river barge, The Bunyip, that was used to transport goods up and down the river during the bustling paddlesteamer era. You can walk up into the barge via the ramps and view the interpretive information and images.

The lock is operational for vessels that wish to move between levels from 8am to 11.30 am and 1pm to 4.30pm Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

For further details of how to approach and travel through the lock, please refer to the SA Water website.

Map & Directions

180 Lock 5 Road, Renmark SA 5341, Australia