Renmark riverfront by night
Many years ago it was common knowledge in Renmark that the possums inhabiting the palms along the riverfront were quite tame and could be hand-fed. Not much was made of it then.
Over the years, the boom in tourism spurred by the constant redevelopment of local infrastructure, particularly the Big 4 caravan park nearby, has seen the 'Possum Parade' acquire a name and grow into an ever more popular phenomenon. It now even rates a mention in most tourist guides for the area.
The Renmark riverfront precinct is very spacious with perfectly kept green grass that slopes gently down to well made and lit paths along the river and wharf. There's plenty of trees, but a few tall palm trees dominate the riverfront near the information centre across from the Renmark Hotel on Murray Avenue.
Possums in the palms
The time to visit the park is at dusk and into the night when the local possums come down to feed. Visitors bring banana, carrot and apple to hand feed the cautious but inquisitive possums. Often the possums will be absorbed enough in eating from the hand that they will accept a pat or two (not recommended, but you can). Sometimes they'll just snatch your offering and climb back up the tree to eat (fair enough too).
The group appears to be a healthy and well-fed family of possums and you'll often see young possums gripping on to their mothers as they scale the tall trees and scamper between the trees on the ground.
The best experience is had by being respectful, quiet and approaching them slowly and carefully. Banana is the most popular food, followed by carrot. Please don't feed them bread, they will take it with gusto but it's extremely harmful to their diet and well being.
This is a unique experience because it is virtually guaranteed that you'll be able to hand feed possums in safe and comfortable surroundings in the middle of town on any night at dusk.
Bring the family along to experience some local wildlife without the admission fee!