Murray River, Adelaide

Murray River

Train Routes: from Adelaide.
Information Center: Renmark (08) 8586 6704.

Australia's largest river is a vital source of water in this, the driest state in Australia. As well as supplying water for Adelaide it supports a vigorous local agricultural industry which produces 40 per cent of all Australian wine. It is also a popular destination for house boating, water-skiing and fishing.

The town of Renmark, close to the Victoria border, lies at the heart of the Murray River irrigation area and is home to the Riverlands' first winery. At the town's wharf is the restored paddle steamer Industry, now a floating museum and a reminder of days gone by.

Just south of Renmark, Berri is the area's commercial centre and site of the largest combined distillery and winery in the southern hemisphere.

The Murray River meanders through Berri and on to the small town of Loxton before winding up towards the citrus centre of Waikerie. Surrounded by more than 5,000 ha (12,000 acres) of orchards, Waikerie is a favorite gliding centre and has hosted the world gliding championships.

Another 40 km (25 miles) downstream, the Murray River reaches the town of Morgan, its northernmost point in South Australia, before it turns south towards the ocean. The Port of Morgan Museum, located in the old railway station, aims to recapture the river trading days, telling the story of what was once the second busiest port in the state. The Mayflower, the oldest surviving paddle steamer in the state, is moored next to the museum.