The Murray River and Waikerie, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 1744

Waikerie, the citrus centre of Australia, is surrounded by an oasis of irrigated orchards and vineyards in the midst of the mallee-scrub country of the Riverland. Owing to its position on cliff-tops, the area around Waikerie was not a promising settlement. However, in an experiment by the South Australian government in 1894 that attempted to alleviate unemployment and decentralise capital, 281 people were relocated from Adelaide. It was an instant town. Waikerie has beautiful views of the river gums and sandstone cliffs along the Murray River, which is a popular spot for fishing, boating and waterskiing – and the skies above are a glider's paradise due to the fantastic thermals and flat landscape.

Visitor Information

Orange Tree Giftmania, 12911 Sturt Hwy; (08) 8541 2332 or 1300 657 625


Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Morgan

    This Murray River town was once a thriving port and a stop on the rail trade route to Adelaide. Settlers saw the potential of the region,...more

  • Barmera

    Barmera lies in the middle of a swooping hairpin bend of the Murray River, close to the Victorian border, but it is hard to tell where the...more

  • Swan Reach

    This quiet little township on the Murray River was once one of five large sheep stations; the original homestead is now the Swan Reach...more

In Town

Rain Moth Gallery: local art exhibitions; open 10.30am–2.30pm Mon–Fri, 10am–1pm Sat; Peake Tce.

Waikerie Murray River Queen: unique floating motel, restaurant and cafe; moored near the ferry.

Harts Lagoon: wetland area with bird hide; Ramco Rd.

Houseboat hire: scenic trips along the Murray; contact visitor centre for details.

Bush Safari: camel or 4WD tours to the river and outback country north-east of Waikerie; bookings (08) 8543 2280.

Scenic walk: along cliff-top to lookout; northern outskirts of town.


Orange Tree Giftmania: local produce sales – including citrus and dried fruits – and souvenirs. Enjoy Murray River views from the viewing platform; Sturt Hwy.

Waikerie Gliding Club: offers recreational flights, beginner courses and cross-country training; Waikerie Aerodrome, off Sturt Hwy, east side of town; inquiries (08) 8541 2644.

Maize Island Conservation Park: this waterbird reserve has fantastic cliffs and lagoons. Beware of strong currents when swimming; 2 km N.

Pooginook Conservation Park: both dense and open mallee country, home to kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats and the ever-busy mallee fowl; 12 km NE.

Stockyard Plain Disposal Basin Reserve: varied plant and birdlife – over 130 bird species identified; key available from visitor centre; 12 km SW.

Broken Cliffs: popular fishing spot; Taylorville Rd; 15 km NE.

Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve: important mallee area that forms part of the Bookmark Biosphere Reserve (see Renmark). Also significant bird refuge, with over 17 threatened Australian species to be seen on the 14 walking trails; access key from Shell Service Station in Waikerie; 64 km N.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Banrock Station, Kingston-on-Murray 33 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

Wine-tasting - Nuriootpa and Angaston 96 km

Elderton Wines near Nuriootpa is a carbonneutral winery. Its cellar door is partially solar-powered and the vineyard is using biodynamic methods of production. Yalumba in Angaston has three organic wines and an... Find out more

Campsites around town

Maize Island camping area (bush camping) 4 km

This site offers bush camping with no facilities and is reached from Holder Settlement Rd. Note: you need a permit to camp here; gas fires are allowed.... Find out more

Ramco Point camping area 5 km

This area is situated 5 km west of Waikerie on Ramco Point Rd in the Renmark-to-Morgan stretch of the Murray River. Access to this riverside camping area is signposted off Waikerie–Cadell Rd.... Find out more

Pooginook camping area 14 km

Conventional vehicles can access this basic campground, though other park tracks are 4WD only. It’s situated 28 km north-east of Waikerie along the Morgan–Renmark Rd, 29 km west of the Nappers Bridge... Find out more

Hogwash Bend camping area 18 km

This popular camping area, halfway between Morgan and Waikerie in the Renmark-to-Morgan stretch of the Murray River, is good for tents and vans. It is off Morgan–Waikerie Rd, 21 km north-west of Waikerie.... Find out more

Morgan camping area (bush camping) 32 km

There is peaceful bush camping at this site (permits required), accessed by ferry from Morgan or via Cadell Rd on the eastern side of the river. There is also plenty of birdlife on display.... Find out more

Cooba camping area 37 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

Chambers Creek camping area 37 km

Several sites for self-sufficient camping (permit required) are dotted along Chambers Creek, reached from Nappers Bridge on Morgan Rd, 11 km north-west of Barmera.... Find out more

Gluepot Reserve camping area 48 km

There are 5 separate sites for self-sufficient campers (gas/fuel stove only) located within the reserve, 64 km north of Waikerie. The reserve is accessed from Lunn Rd off Morgan–Renmark Rd.... Find out more

Eckerts Creek Section camping area 55 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 Section camping area 57 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

Caravan parks around town

Waikerie Caravan Park 1 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

Kingston-on-Murray Caravan Park 34 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

Cobdogla Station Caravan Park 39 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

BIG4 Blanchetown Riverside Holiday Park 39 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

Discovery Holiday Parks – Lake Bonney 44 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

Berri Riverside Caravan Park 59 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

Loxton Riverfront Caravan Park 60 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

BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park 72 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 73 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

Barossa Valley Tourist Park 96 km

This good quality Barossa Valley caravan park has a large number of sites, a choice of accommodation and a range of facilities including tennis courts. It is within walking distance of the town centre and close to... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Holder Bend camping area 2 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 3 km

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

Just off the highway with good views over a river.

Rosies rest area 16 km

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

Surrounded by scrub just off the highway.

Angus rest area 16 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Ariverrun rest area 22 km

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

Just off the highway under a few trees.

Banrock rest area 28 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Cooba camping area 37 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.

Kaiser Strip camping area 38 km

T/O at Cobdogla

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

Barmera park area 44 km

At Barmera

Overlooking Lake Bonney.

Lake Bonney camping area 45 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.

Katarapko Section camping area 53 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. 

Annadale rest area 56 km

29km E of Truro (L) or 17km W of Blanchetown (R)

Just off the highway among trees. 

Martin Bend camping area 61 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 62 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 63 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.

Bredls rest area 66 km

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

Small area adjacent to the highway.

Plushs Bend camping area 71 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 73 km

At Paringa

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

Truro East Rest Area 82 km

1 km E of Truro (L) or 45 km W of Blanchetown (R)

Small area just off the highway among a few large trees. Good shade.

Victorian Border rest area 85 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.

Baldina rest area 93 km

21km SE of Burra (L) or 64km NW of Morgan (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Burra Creek Gorge camping area 95 km

T/O 16km SE of Burra (R) or 69km NW of Morgan (L)

Secluded bush setting on the banks of the creek 11km south-east of the highway. Donations accepted.

Moppa Road rest area 98 km

29km NE of Gawler (L) or 3km W of Nuriootpa (R)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

What's on around town

Rotary Food Fair: Mar.

Horse and Pony Club Easter Horse Show: Easter.

Music on the Murray: odd-numbered years, Apr.

Riverland Rock 'n' Roll Festival: May.

Hit n Miss Tractor Pull: odd-numbered years, Sept.

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