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Published February 24th 2021
Located approximately 200 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, the Riverland is home to a surprising number of iconic townships. All the places I have visited sit along the majestic and picturesque Murray River.
Captain Charles Sturt's monument
Morgan was once a busy river port serving hundreds of paddle steamers during the 19th century. Out of the 46 historic landmarks within the town, Captain Charles Sturt's monument aroused my curiosity to learn more about the river exploration voyage back in 1830. The towering 12-metre high wharves also fascinated me.
Dried vine fruits
Surrounded by over a million fruit trees, Waikerie has become known as the centre of South Australia's citrus industry. The local Nippy's citrus packing and processing plant sells some of the sweetest oranges I had ever tasted. My other favourites were the gourmet dried vine fruits from Illalangi which include currants, sultanas and sun muscats.
Monument commemorating local hero Jimmy James
Kingston on Murray was a major river crossing point until 1973 when a bridge was constructed to take the Sturt Highway around the town. Today, although its importance has declined drastically, I found the town's pleasant shady riverside park to be a nice quiet place for an overnight mooring.
Wetland showcasing the wildflowers and birds in the area
Another township is Berri where a walk along its attractive riverfront led me to murals depicting the region's Aboriginal heritage, a memorial paying tribute to Vietnam veterans, a monument commemorating local hero Jimmy James, and a wetland showcasing the wildflowers and birds in the area.
Paringa was one of the first places to be connected by rail. Originally designed to carry a single-track railway, the town's unusual suspension bridge now forms part of the Lock 5 loop trail. Crossing through its centre on foot gave me the opportunity to inspect the bridge up close and personal. The richly coloured cliffs at Headings Cliff Lookout also took my breath away.
Headings Cliff Lookout
Where else have you visited in the Riverland? Let us know so that we can add those townships to our to-do list.