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Woolshed Brewery, Wilkadene

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Published November 2nd 2020
Enjoy a beer with a river view
Just 20kms, by road, from Renmark is a must-visit treasure on your next trip to the Riverland. You can drive to Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery but it's far more fun to arrive by boat. It's around one hour from Renmark by tinny or five hours by houseboat. You'll see directions on the riverbank as you approach.

To the Woolshed
To the Woolshed Brewery

On arrival, just moor your boat and head on up the steps to the brewery.

Moor your boat at the Woolshed Brewery, Wilkadene
Moor your boat

As the Riverland's only independent craft brewery, the Woolshed has been offering a wide range of beers to thirsty locals since 2009. Hard Lemonade and Big Orange are popular choices but if you're unsure about what to choose, try four varieties for $20 on a Tasting Paddle'.

Woodshed Brewery bar
Woodshed Brewery bar

The brewery has no kitchen and therefore, no food menu but local food trucks visit on weekends and guests are welcome to bring their own picnic or use the free barbecue facilities at other times. Alternatively, guests can choose from a range of local produce to put together a platter.

Choose your own platter
Choose your own platter

There is seating inside but outside on the deck is the best place to enjoy a 'brew with a view'.

Beer with a view at Wilkadene
A platter and a beer with a view

All manner of watercraft from small kayaks to palatial houseboats can be seen during a lazy afternoon with an occasional flotilla of ducks or a pair of swans cruising past when the river traffic slows down.

The Woolshed Brewery, Wilkadene
River views

The shed itself, originally a shearing shed on the historic Wilkadene Station, dates back 100 years. You'll see plenty of evidence of the wool industry from yesteryear including sheep pens.

Wilkadene Woolshed
Sheep pens

In a nearby paddock heavy old timber carts rest in their final destination.

The Woolshed at Wilkadene
Old carts

There's inviting fun for children in the form of water play. I visited on a school day but in the absence of visiting children, I noticed more than one grown-up having fun with the water pump and sluice gates.

Something for the kids at Wilkadene Woolshed
Water play for the children

Woolshed Brewery is family-friendly and dogs are welcome as well as children. Two resident brewery dogs, Murray and Boof, are known to welcome boats on arrival at the river bank.
The brewery is COVID-safe, of course, but has enough space inside, on outside lawns and across several large decks to host over seven hundred thirsty people.

COVID safety at Wilkadene
COVID safety
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When: Open 11am 5pm WED-SUN
Phone: (08) 8595 8188
Where: 65 Wilkinson Rd, Murtho SA 5340
Cost: Tasting Paddle 4 beers for $20.
Your Comment
Thanks for the update, Karen, Heading up there in the new year with the family so this is good information.
by Michael Genrich (score: 3|1862) 697 days ago
good find Karen.
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