Town which stretches along the banks of the Murray River.
Located 84 km east of Adelaide and 13 metres above sea level, Mannum is an attractive town on the banks of the Murray River which came into existence with the advent of the paddlesteamer transport industry in the 1850s.
Swan Reach (including Nildottie and Punyelroo)
An early river port now a holiday destination on the Murray River
Located 127 km north east of Adelaide on the Murray River between Blanchetown and Mannum, Swan Reach is a fascinating example of how slowly the Murray flows when it gets near Lake Alexandrina. At this point, although the traveller is still more than 80 km from the river's mouth, the river's elevation is only 0.75 m above sea level.
Tiny farming service centre on the edge of the desert.
Tintinara is located 191 km south-east of Adelaide and 18 metres above sea level on the road between Murray River (Murray Bridge) and Bordertown. It is located on the edge of a desert area which starts with the Little Desert in western Victoria and sweeps west to include Ngarkat and Mount Rescue Conservation Parks.
Important transport centre built on a cliff overlooking the Murray River.
Located 99 km east of Adelaide and 21 metres above sea level, Tailem Bend is one of those Australian towns where no one really knows the origins of its name. Some people argue that it is a corruption of the Ngarrindjeri word 'thelim' meaning 'bend' (as the town is located near a very major bend in the river). Others insist the origins go back to Donald Gollan, one of the early European settlers, who called his property 'Taleam'. Still others say it has something to do with cutting tails off sheep and others argue that it was Aboriginal advice on how to get cattle to swim across the Murray 'bendem tail, boss' which sounds truly dubious.
Renmark (including Lyrup)
The oldest settlement on the Murray River
Located 256 km north east of Adelaide, 145 km from Mildura and 20 metres above sea level, Renmark is a large and prosperous town in the heart of an area of an orchard area where limes, olives, apricots, grapes, plums, garlic and a wide range of fruit are all grown.
Town which describes itself as 'The Citrus Centre of Australia'.
Located 177 km north-east from Adelaide and 30 metres above sea level on the Murray River, Waikerie describes itself as 'The Citrus Centre of Australia' partly because it is in the heart of South Australia's rich Riverland district.
Blanchetown (including Murrundi)
Small township on the Murray River
Located 133 km north east of Adelaide, Blanchetown is a tiny township on the Murray River which was an important transportation centre during the nineteenth century. It is now a strange mixture of historic buildings and temporary shacks built by holidaymakers on the banks of the river. The Murray River at Blanchetown is only 3.6 m above sea level and it is 274 km from the sea.
Last town in the Riverland
Located 261 km north-east of Adelaide and only 4 km from Renmark, Paringa is a medium-sized town on the Murray River. It proudly claims to be the first town visitors reach in South Australia when they cross the border from the eastern states. It is said that the word 'paringa' means 'land near the river' but no one seems to be able to confirm this.