- The Riverland is an area approximately 2 1/2 hours drive from Adelaide.
It consists of 5 main towns being , Waikerie, Loxton, Barmera, Berri
and Renmark. Some 10 smaller towns are also included in the Riverland
The Riverland has a Unique and diverse agricultural area. The main
produce being Citrus Fruit produced for the local and overseas market.
Wine has become a major produce in recent years with many vineyards
being planted and a number of major wineries coming into the area.
The area also boasts potatoes and pumpkin along with watermelon and
stone fruit and farming of sheep, wheat and cattle playing a strong
part in it's diversity. Tourism is of vital importants to the area
with strong developments in the area. The Riverland boasts Australia's
largest winery and Australias Big Orange both situated in Berri. The
Riverland is situated on the Murray River which meanders through all
of the above towns with the exception of Barmera, which is situated
on Lake Bonney with the Murray River located approximately 3 kilometers
to the south and feeding into Lake Bonney by Chambers Creek.
A major industry of the Riverland is tourism. And offers such
recreational activities as fishing, boating, sailing, skiing, canoeing
& jet skiing. Houseboats also play a major part in the tourism
industry of The Riverland. Part of a story from the Murray Pioneer.
Dated Friday May 24th 2002 : 'Region's Business confidence High' 'Riverland
business people are among the most confident in the State, a new survey
has revealed. Local Business owners are confident of meeting challenges
in the next year, bouyed by strong export levels and low interest
rates. Released this week, the bank SA state monitor survey revealed
rural people are more optimistic about the future than their metropolitan
The diversity of the region also lends itself to a variety of wildlife,
flora and fauna. The people of the Riverland have a fondness for this
wildlife and flora and an interest in the protection of species which
are unique to the area and are either endangered now or will be in
the near future. Barmera boasts the 'Bookmark Biosphere' and there
are a number of Wetlands and Banrock Station situated at Kingston
on Murray has one of the best in Australia. Another wetland, boardwalk
is situated in Moorook, between Barmera and Loxton.