Top Things To do in Paringa
In Paringa’s leafy Main Street, surrounded by car parks, you can experience old-fashioned baking and service. Fresh cream cakes, full bakery range, take-away food & real coffee. Café & alfresco.
Open M-Th 6.30am-5pm, Fri 6am-8pm Sat 6.30am-3pm
Located on Paringa’s Main Street, just off the Sturt Highway
Ph 8595 5283
Our beautifully presented community museum nestles against the Paringa Bridge and Murray River. Explore a treasure trove of educational artifacts amid tidy grounds and shady picnic areas.
Open 9am-2pm (Closed Thurs & Sun)
On the Sturt Highway on the Paringa side of the bridge
Just off Murtho Road you can enjoy fabulous views over the longest straight stretch on the Murray River. With close parking, this iconic lookout is on a clifftop and is an amazing spectacle, especially after boating on the river. There is a boat ramp and free camping at the end of Heading Rd but no facilities.
Heading Road is 13kms along Murtho Road from Paringa
Don’t miss this microbrewery set in the refurbished 100 year old woolshed of historic Wilkadene Station. Try award winning ales, wine, cider and hard lemonade while enjoying spectacular river views.
Open daily 11am-5pm
Wilkinson Road is 15kms along Murtho Road from Paringa
Ph: 8595 8188
Customs House Houseboats is located on the river in the old Customs House building near the Victorian border. This is where river taxes were enforced 1884-1902. Hire a houseboat or just buy an ice-cream from the kiosk before checking out the nearby walking trail.
End of Murtho Road, 30kms from Paringa
Ph: 8595 8063
Chowilla Game Reserve
Adjacent Customs House Houseboats you will find a boat ramp, then a camp ground (permits online) with compost toilet and canoe launch. Just beyond the canoe launch is an easy and well-designed 4km interpretive walking trail which meanders through wetlands.
A trail map is available from the kiosk.
Camp permits from www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks
Explore the river, creeks and lagoons in the comfort of a dinghy with padded seats and sun canopy. Guided tours are run from Canoe the Riverland’s riverfront property.
Available daily by arrangement.
835 Murtho Road
Ph: 0475 754 222
Opened in 1927, this State Heritage Bridge is SA’s only operational lifting Bridge. Its rail line has been replaced with a convenient walking & cycling track to enable you to reach Paringa from the Renmark caravan parks. The best positions to watch the span lift for boats is from the Museum or Bert Dix Park.
The bridge is raised Monday-Friday at 9.30am & 2.30pm when required by boats
Lock 5 Road
Bert Dix Memorial Park has river and bridge views with picnic facilities and amenities. One km further along is Lock 5 where you can watch boats navigate the lock. Information boards provide history on floods, weirs & river industries.
Lock 5 Road, off the Sturt Highway (Paringa side of the bridge)
Enjoy a day trip up the beautiful Murray River with BBQ Boat tours or hire – no boat license needed!
Grab 2-12 friends and head off for a riverside BBQ, or drive it up to the Woolshed Brewery.
River Murray Houseboats, Lock 5 Road
Ph: 0427 899 102
Other Friends of Canoe the Riverland
The Frames is a new experience in luxury accommodation: Three opulent cliff-top retreats on the River Murray, each exquisitely tailored to help couples rejuvenate, relax and fall in love all over again. Multi-award winning accommodation
Phone Cathy on 0418 862 260
Canoe the Coorong
Canoe the Coorong A multi-award winning tour agency.
85 km south of Adelaide the Coorong National Park hosts a string of spectacular saltwater lagoons sheltered from the Southern Ocean by sand dunes. Kayaking is the most enjoyable and sustainable way to see the Coorong, allowing an intimate experience with the wildlife without impacting the natural ecology.
Phone Brenton on 0424 826 008