Population 4342

It is hard to imagine that the lush lands around Renmark, thriving with orchards and vineyards, were once a veritable wasteland. In 1887 the Canadian-born Chaffey brothers were granted 30 000 acres (12 000 hectares) by the South Australian government to test their irrigation scheme. Theirs was the first of its type to succeed in Australia and today the farmlands are still irrigated with water piped from the Murray River.

Visitor Information

84 Murray Ave; (08) 8586 6704 or 1300 661 704

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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  • Loxton

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In Town

Olivewood: National Trust historic building, formerly the Chaffey homestead, dressed in period furnishings, with famous olive trees in the orchard; closed Wed; Cnr Renmark Ave and Twenty-first St.

PS Industry: 1911 grand lady of the river still operates on steam when taking visitors on her monthly cruises; 90 min tours run at 11am and 1.30pm first Sun each month; bookings at visitor centre.

Renmark Hotel: historic community-owned and -run hotel; Murray Ave.

Nuts About Fruit: sales of local dried fruit, nuts and other produce; closed Sun; Renmark Ave.

Renmark Riverfront walk: wander along and take in great views of town along the Murray River.

Murray River cruises: houseboat hire or paddlesteamer tours to cruise the mighty Murray; contact visitor centre for details.


Bookmark Biosphere Reserve This reserve incorporates the mallee country and arid outback landscapes of Chowilla Regional Reserve and Danggali Conservation Park. In Chowilla (50 km N) are stretches of flood plains interspersed with native woodland and scrubland. Fishing, canoeing and birdwatching are popular and the history of the flood plains is explained on the Old Coach Road Vehicle Trail. Danggali (90 km N) is a vast wilderness area with interesting trails to explore. The 2 drive tours, Nanya's Pad Interpretive Drive (100 km circuit, 2WD accessible) and Tipperary Drive (100 km circuit, 4WD only), are both excellent introductions to the mallee scrub region, while the 10 km Target Mark Walking Trail passes through native vegetation to the dam.

Lock and Weir No. 5: picnic in surrounding parklands; 2 km SE.

Paringa: small farming community featuring a historic suspension bridge (1927), Bert Dix Memorial Park and nearby Headings Cliffs Lookout; 4 km E.

Angove's: producers of St Agnes Brandy as well as wine, with cellar-door tastings and sales; Bookmark Ave; 5 km SW.

Bredl's Wonder World of Wildlife: unique fauna, particularly reptiles. Handling and feeding times between 11am and 3pm; (08) 8595 1431; 7 km SW.

Ruston's Rose Garden: the Southern Hemisphere's largest rose garden with over 50 000 bushes and 4000 varieties; open Oct–May; Moorna St, off Sturt Hwy; (08) 8586 6191; 7 km SW.

Dunlop Big Tyre: spans the Sturt Hwy at Yamba Roadhouse and marks the fruit-fly inspection point (no fruit allowed between Victoria and SA); 16 km SE.

Murray River National Park, Bulyong Island section: popular park for water-based activities, fishing and birdwatching; just upstream from Renmark on the Murray River.

Fishing spots near town

Fort Courage 91 km

One of my favourite destinations is Fort Courage. Little more than a caravan park with a boat ramp, Fort Courage is about 20 km drive out of Wentworth on the road to Renmark. It has great fishing for families or angling... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Banrock Station, Kingston-on-Murray 38 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

Cafes & restaurants around town

Renmark Club

This striking modern building overlooking the river is home to the popular Renmark Club and its bistro and à la carte River’s Edge Restaurant. A fantastic range of regional produce is deployed through the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Plushs Bend camping area 5 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

Bulyong Island camping area (boat-based camping) 6 km

Separated from the mainland by Ral Ral Creek, this island north-east of Renmark is only accessible by boat. Approach from Renmark and the nearby landings signposted off Ral Ral Ave.... Find out more

Colligans camping area 11 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

Murray River camping area (bush camping) 12 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

Tea Tree camping area 12 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

Headings Cliff–Murtho Forest Landing camping area 12 km

Self-sufficient camping beside the Murray River is signposted off Paringa–Murtho Rd, 16 km north-east of Renmark. This is a very pleasant bush camping site tucked in among the river red gums on the river bank, with... Find out more

Martin Bend camping area 17 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

Katarapko Extension Section camping area 22 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

Chowilla camping area (bush camping) 24 km

Off Renmark–Wentworth Rd, 32 km north-east of Renmark, this reserve has many sites along the Murray River for self-sufficient campers. Access may vary depending on river levels.... Find out more

Eckerts Creek Section camping area 26 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

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park 2 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 3 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

Berri Riverside Caravan Park 18 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 28 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 33 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

Loxton Riverfront Caravan Park 36 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

Kingston-on-Murray Caravan Park 37 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

Waikerie Caravan Park 71 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

Lake Cullulleraine RSL Holiday Park 80 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

Liba Liba Houseboats

The pioneers of River Murray houseboating offer a choice of 14 paddlewheel craft, ranging from simple four-berth boats to roomy 12-berth designs. All come equipped with comfortable indoor lounge, kitchen and dining areas... Find out more

Willows & Waterbirds

Not only is this big Federation-era family residence in a prized location, set in an established garden overlooking the river, but you’re only a mere five-minute stroll away from the centre of town. The house is... Find out more

Customs House Houseboats

Nestled on the Victorian border, 20 minutes by car from Renmark, this is the only houseboat operator along this prime 220-kilometre stretch of River Murray reserve. With a small fleet of quality six- to ten-berth boats,... Find out more

Paringa House B&B Stone Cottages

Nestled amidst the verdant gardens of historic Paringa House, these five independent rooms are a romantic retreat only 5 kilometres south of Renmark. Though recently built, they are traditionally styled with stone... Find out more

Riverfun Houseboat Hire

A fleet of ten vessels are based out of Paringa, a few kilometres across the river from Renmark. Choose from classic six-berth craft to ultra-chic 12-berth designs. All the boats offer generous sleeping and living... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Paringa rest area 3 km

At Paringa

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

Plushs Bend camping area 5 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.

Bredls rest area 5 km

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

Small area adjacent to the highway.

Black Box camping area 11 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.

Coligans camping area 12 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.

Martin Bend camping area 17 km

T/O to Berri

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

Victorian Border rest area 18 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.

Lake Bonney camping area 26 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.

Barmera park area 28 km

At Barmera

Overlooking Lake Bonney.

Katarapko Section camping area 29 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. 

Kaiser Strip camping area 34 km

T/O at Cobdogla

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

Cooba camping area 36 km

T/O to Moorook

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

Moorook camping area 37 km

At Moorook

Overlooking a river in the middle of town.

Banrock rest area 42 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Ariverrun rest area 49 km

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

Just off the highway under a few trees.

Holder Bend camping area 68 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.

Waikerie Lookout park area 68 km

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

Just off the highway with good views over a river.

Johansen Reserve rest area 79 km

At Cullulleraine

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

Rosies rest area 80 km

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

Surrounded by scrub just off the highway.

Angus rest area 80 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Dash for Cash: Feb


Riverland Dingy Derby: Feb.

Riverland Balloon Fiesta: June.

Rose Festival: Oct.

Show: Oct.

World Future Cycle Challenge: Nov. 

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