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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Ideally located on a sweeping bend on the Murray River, you’ll soon discover there is so much to see and do in the Renmark Paringa area that you’ll need to stay a little longer to experience it all!


Renowned as Australia’s oldest irrigation settlement and the gateway to South Australia from the eastern states, Renmark boasts an abundance of history, stunning rose gardens, easy access to river activities, a flourishing houseboat industry, a strong local food and beverage scene, tracks and trails to explore, established regional events, riverside camping and lush, green open spaces to relax and enjoy uninterrupted river views!

Renmark, thought to mean ‘red mud’ in the local indigenous language, was formally settled in 1887 with the establishment of the first irrigation colony in Australia by Canadian brothers, George and William Chaffey.  The National Trust listed Olivewood Historic Homestead, originally developed as the Chaffey’s residence during their time in the area, is a great source of historical information about the early development of the Renmark area and includes a working olive grove.

Typical of the era was the use of paddle steamers for moving cargo and transporting passengers along the river. The Paddle Steamer Industry, moored on the riverfront in Renmark, was for most of its life a workboat.  Specifically designed to remove snags from the river and clear the passage for other river boats, she was later used in the construction and maintenance of the locks and weirs. The PS Industry cruises on the first Sunday of each month and other selected dates throughout the year and is open daily for viewing with access from the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre. To discover more local history, it’s worth the walk along the Renmark Riverfront, where you’ll find signage at interesting historical locations.

Centrally located on the riverfront, the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre is a great source of information, locally sourced produce and souvenirs.  Friendly staff can provide information on river activities, regional events, houseboat adventures, the town rose gardens and other tracks and trails in the area.  Also offering half and full day bike hire, there’s no excuse not to get out and about in the Renmark Paringa area!

If all that exploring has worked up an appetite, visit one of the many local producers to savour the many tastes of the region.  From almonds, wine, citrus and stone fruit through to gin, beer, brandy and locally roasted coffee, there is something to suit all tastebuds.  Renmark’s food scene also extends to the many growers selling their own wares at roadside fresh produce stalls.


Paringa, Murtho and Lyrup

A short drive from Renmark is the township of Paringa – home of Lock 5, the Community Museum, the Black Stump and Bert Dix Park. Also known for its bridge – one of only four suspension bridges along the River with the lift span bridge still opening for river traffic – Paringa is a prospering town favoured by locals and visitors alike.

Travelling north along Murtho Road towards the Border Cliffs Chowilla Game Reserve, visitors travel through the area known as Murtho.  This locality shows the diversity of the fruit grown in the area – from almonds and grapes to avocadoes, citrus and stone fruit.  Headings Cliff lookout is a definite stop on route with beautiful views of the golden limestone cliffs of the Murray from the lookout area – a must for photographers!

It’s worth exploring the small village settlement town of Lyrup, one of eleven village settlements established in 1894.  Lyrup offers riverside camping and access to the Lyrup Flats section of the Murray River National Park.  Operating around the clock, the Lyrup Ferry provides easy access to Berri and Renmark and a fun view of the river.


For a more detailed history of the Renmark Paringa district, view the historical boards at the Renmark Paringa Visitor Centre or refer to the Renmark Paringa Council website