Loxton Historical Village, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 3432

Although the area around Loxton was originally settled largely by German immigrants, the town's boom began when servicemen returned from World War II. The enticement of irrigated allotments brought a great number of them to town and the success of current-day industries, such as the production of citrus fruits, wine, dried fruit, wool and wheat, was due to their skill on the land. Loxton's delightful setting on the Murray River has made the town the 'Garden City of the Riverland'.

Visitor Information

Bookpurnong Tce; (08) 8584 8071 or 1300 869 990


Nearby national parks

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In Town

Loxton Historical Village The Riverland's pioneering history comes to life in the 30 historic buildings, all fully furnished in the styles of late 1880s to mid-1900s. A highlight is the pine-and-pug building, Loxtons Hut, built by the town's namesake, boundary rider William Loxton. Visit on one of the Village Alive days held thrice yearly in the village. Locals dress up in period costume and the whole village steps back 100 years. Allan Hosking Dr; (08) 8584 7194.

Terrace Gallery: local art and pottery displays and sales; part of visitor centre; Bookpurnong Tce.

The Pines Historical Home: resplendent gardens and historic home filled with antique furniture and fine china. Tours of home every Sun followed by afternoon tea; Henry St; (08) 8584 4646.

Pepper tree: grown from a seed planted by Loxton over 110 years ago; near the historical village.

Nature trail: along riverfront; canoes for hire.

Heritage walk: brochure from visitor centre.


McGuigan Simeon Wines Loxton Cellars: wine-tasting and sales; Bookpurnong Rd, Loxton North; (08) 8584 7236; 4 km N.

Torambre Nissen Hut Wines: boutique winery with award-winning shirazes and merlots; Balfour–Ogilvy Rd, Loxton North; (08) 8584 1530; 6 km NE.

Lock 4: picnic/barbecue area; 14 km N on Murray River.

MV Loch Luna Eco Cruise: relaxing 3 hr cruise around the Nockburra and Chambers creeks; departs daily from Kingston at 9am and 1.30pm; 0449 122 271.

Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre: magnificently restored wetlands and mallee woodlands, with 250 ha of picturesque vineyards and a wine centre; Holmes Rd, Kingston-on-Murray; (08) 8583 0299; 35km NW.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Banrock Station, Kingston-on-Murray 34 km

A world leader in sustainable wine-making and tourism, Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre should be high on any ecotourist’s South Australian wish list. Sample the inexpensive wines at the centre, which is 40... Find out more

Campsites around town

Moorook Reserve camping area

Riverfront camping is provided 7 km south of the Sturt Hwy on Moorook–Loxton Rd, in the Renmark-to-Morgan stretch of the Murray River.... Find out more

Katarapko Section camping area 6 km

There is an array of sites set along Katarapko Creek, 16 km south-west of Berri off Katarapko Rd. Pick up a permit for self-sufficient camping from the park entrance at the self-registration station.... Find out more

Eckerts Creek Section camping area 12 km

Sites for self-sufficient campers are scattered along Eckerts Creek, 12 km south-west of Berri off Lower Winkie Rd, reached from the Sturt Hwy. A permit is required from the self-registration station at the park... Find out more

Katarapko Extension Section camping area 14 km

There are 9 riverside campsites found here, 5 km south-west of Berri off Draper Rd. Pick up a permit from the self-registration station at the park entrance. This is self-sufficient camping, so bring wood and water.... Find out more

Martin Bend camping area 19 km

Located around 3 km east of Berri, this camping area is signposted off Martin Bend Rd from Riverview Dr, in the Renmark-to-Morgan stretch of the Murray River.... Find out more

Tea Tree camping area 24 km

At Lyrup, near the ferry, off the Sturt Hwy 12 km south-west of Renmark, are a number of campsites for self-sufficient campers along the Murray River. This site is good for boating. A permit is required.... Find out more

Murray River camping area (bush camping) 24 km

Self-sufficient bush camping is permitted beside the river in the Lyrup Flats section, off the Sturt Hwy, 12 km south-west of Renmark (a permit is required). The bush campsites here are dispersed along the river bank and... Find out more

Colligans camping area 25 km

Signposted off the Sturt Hwy, 12 km south-west of Renmark, numerous campsites for self-sufficient campers are scattered along the Murray River.... Find out more

Cooba camping area 29 km

Located 17 km south-west of Barmera, this area for self-sufficient campers is signposted off Moorook–Loxton Rd (a permit is required).... Find out more

Plushs Bend camping area 31 km

On the outskirts of Renmark in the Renmark-to-Morgan stretch of the Murray River, this camping area is reached from 23rd St.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Loxton Riverfront Caravan Park 2 km

This is a neat, tidy and spacious park with good amenities and large shady trees along the banks of the river. Several sites are above the high flood level; many of the flood levels of past years are recorded on a tree... Find out more

Berri Riverside Caravan Park 19 km

This is a large and very good park about 1 km from town and just across the road from the Murray River. It has extensive facilities including a state-of-the-art camp kitchen. We stay here when passing through Berri.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Lake Bonney 25 km

On the shores of Lake Bonney, this popular park is a great holiday base or ideal for an overnight stop. The park is about 1.5 km from the town centre, has a range of accommodation, good amenities and shade. Waterfront... Find out more

Cobdogla Station Caravan Park 28 km

This is a good quality waterfront park in the heart of the Riverland, with expanses of lawn and shady trees. It is easily accessed from the highway and has appeal for those looking for a quiet holiday on the river.... Find out more

Kingston-on-Murray Caravan Park 32 km

This is a quiet, waterfront, owner-operated park just off the highway and ideal for a few restful days on the riverbank. The park has good basic facilities and is an enjoyable base for exploring the local area, including... Find out more

BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park 35 km

This park makes a perfect holiday destination and we have stayed here many times. It is an ideal base from which to explore the area. Set on the banks of the Murray River about 2 km from the town centre, it has shaded... Find out more

Riverbend Caravan Park 36 km

Large, shady river red gums, green grass and absolute river frontage are the main attractions of this park. It is a great location 3 km east of the town centre. The entrance is at the extreme western edge of the bridge... Find out more

Waikerie Caravan Park 62 km

A large council park close to the river on the edge of town, this is in a pretty setting, easily located, with good amenities and a range of facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

BIG4 Blanchetown Riverside Holiday Park 88 km

This well-maintained park is in a picturesque spot on the banks of the Murray River, just below the Blanchetown lock. It is a smaller, good quality park with a range of accommodation, about 500 metres from the town... Find out more

Lake Cullulleraine RSL Holiday Park 97 km

This is a council-owned park on the banks of Lake Cullulleraine. There are green lawns, shady trees and a kiosk that opens during busy holiday periods. This is a good basic park at a budget price (cash only). Pets are... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Mill Cottage

A quiet air of repose surrounds this 1920s stone home and its established garden dappled with shady trees. The cottage has three smart bedrooms and all the amenities you would expect in a house of its era –... Find out more

Thiele’s Heritage B&B

Not only is this 1890s house a wonderful journey into the past, there’s also a stunning link with the river environment. Perched atop a 30-metre cliff, this heritage-listed farmhouse overlooks a sweeping bend in... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Katarapko Section camping area 11 km

T/O to Berri

Numerous sites on the riverbanks in Murray River National Park. Located 5km west of Berri via Old Sturt Hwy then 10km south via Winkie Rd. 

Martin Bend camping area 19 km

T/O to Berri

Located 3km east of Berri via Riverview Dr among numerous large trees on the banks of the Murray River.

Coligans camping area 24 km

T/O 10km NE of Monash (R) or 12km SW of Renmark (L)

Large area among trees on a riverbank in Murray River National Park. Located 2.3km (partly unsealed) south-east of the highway.

Black Box camping area 25 km

T/O 10km NE of Monash (R) or 12km SW of Renmark (L)

Large area among trees on a riverbank in Murray River National Park. Located 3.3km (partly unsealed) south-east of the highway.

Barmera park area 25 km

At Barmera

Overlooking Lake Bonney.

Moorook camping area 26 km

At Moorook

Overlooking a river in the middle of town.

Lake Bonney camping area 27 km

T/O at Barmera

Among trees on the shores of the lake in Lake Bonney Reserve. Just north of Barmera township via Queen Elizabeth Dr.

Cooba camping area 28 km

T/O to Moorook

Large campground located 5km (partly unsealed) south-east of the highway on a riverbank in Moorook Game Reserve.

Kaiser Strip camping area 30 km

T/O at Cobdogla

Several small camping sites just off the highway among trees on riverbanks in Loch Luna Game Reserve.

Bredls rest area 30 km

14km NE of Berri (L) or 6km SW of Renmark (R)

Small area adjacent to the highway.

Plushs Bend camping area 31 km

T/O 19km NE of Monash (R) or 3km SW of Renmark (L)

Among trees on a riverbank 4km (partly unsealed) south-east of the highway via 23rd St.

Paringa rest area 35 km

At Paringa

On the banks of a river near the bridge at Bert Dix Park. Overnight parking for self-contained vehicles only.

Victorian Border rest area 37 km

18km E of Paringa (L) or 1km W of Victorian border (L)

Well off the highway among a few trees. On both sides of the highway.

Banrock rest area 39 km

28km E of Waikerie (R) or 20km W of Barmera (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Ariverrun rest area 47 km

58km E of Morgan (L) or 32km W of Sturt Hwy (R)

Just off the highway under a few trees.

Waikerie Lookout park area 59 km

2km E of Waikerie (L) or 46km W of Barmera (R)

Just off the highway with good views over a river.

Holder Bend camping area 59 km

T/O 3km E of Waikerie (L) or 45km W of Barmera (R)

On the banks of a river 2km north of the highway via Holder Top and Holder Bottom rds.

Rosies rest area 76 km

25km E of Morgan (L) or 65km W of Sturt Hwy (R)

Surrounded by scrub just off the highway.

Angus rest area 76 km

24km E of Morgan (R) or 64km W of Sturt Hwy (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Parilla rest area 94 km

At Parilla

Adjacent to the highway under shady trees.

Pinnaroo East rest area 94 km

6km E of Pinnaroo (L) or 21km W of Murrayville (R)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Johansen Reserve rest area 97 km

At Cullulleraine

Under shady trees on the shores of a lake. Camping available at adjoining caravan park for a fee.

What's on around town

Mardi Gras: Feb.

Nippy's Loxton Gift: SA's largest and richest footrace; Feb.

Riverland Harvest Festival & Great Grape Stomp: Apr.

Loxton Annual Spring Show: Oct.

Loxton Lights Up: Christmas lights throughout town; self-guide tour map available; Nov–Dec.

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