The historic town of Loxton can be found in South Australia’s iconic Riverland region. It extends for almost 200 kilometres from Blanchetown to the Victorian border, hugging the Murray River.
Loxton, with a population of less than 5000 people, is perched along the southern banks of the iconic river system. While the Murray River is one of the key points of interest in this town, so too are the ochre-coloured cliffs – particularly at sunset – and acclaimed tourist attraction The Village.
Step back in time and see how the early pioneers lived, combated the harsh Australian weather conditions to produce high-quality cereal grain crops, and transformed the nearby Malee plains into lush citrus orchards. Or simply perch under the Tree of Knowledge along the Murray River and watch the world go by.
Renmark is also located in the Riverland region and is just a 20-minute drive from the Victorian border. Named after the Aboriginal word for red mud, the town was Australia’s first irrigation settlement.
It is also home to the country’s largest rose garden and was the first place houseboats were launched on the mighty Murray River, back in 1961. As well as the variety of watersports on offer, there are plenty of things to do on dry land.
The five-kilometre Renmark Riverfront Town Heritage Walk takes visitors on a historical journey of the town and the river. The town has also developed a reputation as a foodie destination. Wine, almonds, fresh produce, coffee and gin are just some of the experiences to be had in this part of the world.
The majestic Renmark Hotel was established as the first British Empire Community Owned Hotel in 1897 and remains a popular place with locals.