Aerial photo of Waikerie, Riverland

About Waikerie region

Waikerie and the Riverland are a Fruit Fly Free Zone

Birds of Many Wings

Waikerie Webcam

Waikerie is located 170km NE of Adelaide on the A20 Sturt Highway and known as the Gateway to the Riverland.  The lush green orchards and vineyards interspersed with dry land farming is a fantastic sight as you travel the highway.

For the ultimate relaxing holiday with family and friends, try Houseboating with Green and Gold Houseboats. Cruising along the magnificent Murray River, or pulled up at quiet scenic locations makes for an unforgettable break, far from the stresses of the modern day world.

Accommodation is also available within the Waikerie perimeter for those wishing to explore by more traditional means - The Waikerie Hotel Motel and the Waikerie Holiday Park or  self-contained Accommodation Cottages - 1920 B&B, Roonka River Front Accommodation, Salter's Station, Wigley Flat Retreat, The Cottage at Ramco, Gilgen's Country River Retreat and Riversleigh Lagoon Cottage all offer friendly, professional services to make your holiday everything you could want and more. The shopping centre will service all your needs with country cafés including Cafe on McCoy and the Waikerie Club to enjoy a light lunch or simply relax with a coffee.

Eco-tourism at its best is seen at nearby Gluepot Reserve, a Bird Watchers Paradise and the world famous Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre is most certainly not to be missed. Sit on the deck, sample a wine, enjoy a light lunch or walk the wetlands trail.  A Bird Watcher’s Trail is available from the Visitor Centre and on this website.

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The Rainmoth Art Gallery is fully staffed by friendly volunteers offering local information for the tourists and showcases a variety of stunning exhibitions of art and craft. Illalangi Gourmet Foods offers tastings of local produce, extra virgin olive oil and a range of exquisite local gifts for sale.

For the active, The Waikerie Golf and Country Club is famous for its 18 hole Bunkerless Golf Course and Gliding from the Waikerie Gliding Club, Horseriding at Benson Park or Bush Safaris with Rex Ellis are available by appointment. The Cliff-top Walk with Lookout and the Hart Lagoon Walking Trail are excellent walking trails. The RSL Club, Machinery Museum, National Trust Museum, Waikerie Toy Museum and Historical Walk or Drive ensures all interests are catered for.

However, the main features of Waikerie are the long stretches of scenic accessible riverbank, offering endless opportunities for water activities and free camping. The Waikerie riverfront has attractive lawned areas with newly developed BBQ facilities, a Lions playground and shelter to cater for all occasions and weather. Here you can watch or catch the local ferry carrying its cargo back and forth, an adventure in itself. You can be as active or as relaxed as you wish, with so much to see and do without travelling too far from your base.

The Waikerie Library & Visitor Centre on Strangman Road is your ideal first stop to collect maps, brochures and local information to make Waikerie a “Must See and Visit”.  The close proximity to Adelaide makes Waikerie the perfect base for you to explore and enjoy all the many diverse attractions the Riverland has to offer.

Waikerie's Birdwatcher's Trail

About Waikerie

Location: Waikerie is situated 170kms northeast of Adelaide
Population: Township approx 2,700
District approx 6,400
Industries: The Waikerie district consists of agricultural, horticultural and viticultural developments and has a large number of commodity processing plants.
Business: The two main streets have a good variety of specialty retail shops.

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Rainfall: Average annual rainfall 250mm (10")

Driving Times

Adelaide to Blanchetown 1 hour 40 mins
Blanchetown to Waikerie 30 mins
Morgan to Waikerie 25 mins
Waikerie to Barmera 30 mins
Waikerie to Loxton 50 mins
Waikerie to Renmark 55 mins
Melbourne 790km
Sydney 1266km
Canberra 1015km
Adelaide 179km
Loxton 74km
Kingston-on-Murray 36km
Morgan 39km
Blanchetown 44km

Average Waikerie Temperatures

  Average high °C Average low °C
January 32.4 16.6
February 32.1 16.6
March 28.8 14.2
April 24.2 10.9
May 19.5 8.2
June 16.8 5.9
July 16.2 5.1
August 17.9 6.0
September 20.7 8.0
October 24.4 10.7
November 27.8 13.2
December 30.3 15.2

Waikerie things to do