Our dry climate and year-round sun make Renmark and nearby Paringa a great destination no matter what the season. 258km north-east from Adelaide by road makes Renmark & Paringa an easy weekend getaway.
The Renmark irrigation area is predominately horticultural and viticultural, although a small amount of grain is also produced in the un-irrigated sandy soils that adjoin the irrigation area. Under irrigation, grapes are grown for table use, for winemaking and for the production of high quality dried fruits. Stone fruits such as apricots, peaches, plums and varieties of citrus, avocados and more recently, a range of nut crops thrive in the soils and climate of the Renmark Paringa District.
There are galleries made for browsing, fruit stalls to stock up on the district's famous products, beckoning wineries, billabongs and secluded creeks and backwaters to explore by canoe or dinghy, and fish and yabbies to be caught. The town is also abundant in riverfront picnic spots and for the water lover; we are the perfect Murray River location for water activities such as water skiing, kneeboarding and wakeboarding. Be sure to set aside an hour or two to check out the thousands of varieties of blooms on show at Ruston's spectacular rose garden, it is home to the National Rose Collection of Australia.
Meander on our beautiful river and captain your own houseboat, Renmark is home to Liba Liba Paddlewheel Houseboats, which were the first houseboat fleet on the Murray River. Renmark and Paringa both offer a fantastic selection of houseboats to hire to suit all levels of comfort and luxury. Just outside Paringa, the lookout tower, located part way along Murtho Road towards the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery and Customs House presents a panoramic view over the golden limestone cliffs at Whirlpool Corner and the river plains. Renmark is a convenient launching pad for journeys into the region's internationally significant conservation parks, including the Riverland Biosphere.
Visit Renmark and Paringa, we are SA’s River Paradise.
- Renmark Hotel opened in 1897 as the first community owned hotel in the British Empire.
- Ian Showell built the first commercial paddle powered houseboat on the River Murray. Launched in 1961.
- PS Industry holds the oldest boiler in a paddle steamer, which was built and installed in 1934 and is still in operation.
- At 500 ha Angove's Nanya Vineyard is one of Australia's largest.
- Angove's ranks among the largest and longest running privately owned wine companies in Australia.
- Largest Rose Garden in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Chaffey Brothers were the founders of Australia's first irrigation settlement in Renmark in 1887. Renmark was the first irrigation colony in Australia.
- The first selection of fruit trees grown by the Chaffey Brothers included the first navel orange tree brought to Australia and later on grapefruit.
- The Paringa Suspension Bridge is one of only 4 still spanning the River Murray. Built in 1927 and still carries B-double trucks as part of the Sturt Highway.