About Waikerie region
Waikerie and the Riverland are a Fruit Fly Free Zone
Birds of Many Wings
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.
The Murray River Queen, experience this unique Riverland attraction and come on board a majestic Murray River Paddle Steamer. The main dining room is a contemporary Thai restaurant, offering spectacular water views through full sized windows. The back deck boasts a regional cellar door where you can sample some of the best Riverland produce with more than a dozen suppliers of wine, cider and beer.
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, Kirriemuir Motel and Cabins, the Waikerie Caravan Park or self-contained Accommodation Cottages - Amalie Cottage, 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 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 VIC and on this website.
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. Nearby, Havenhand Chocolate Factory and Café features quality Riverland Fruit Chocolates, light lunches and morning/afternoon teas overlooking the fantastic Waikerie Riverfront. 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 District Visitor Information 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.
|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.|
JANUARY: Waikerie Australia Day Event: 28/1/17, Waikerie Football Oval.
|Rainfall:||Average annual rainfall 250mm (10")|
|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|
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