Nildottie is 39 m above sea level and has a rainfall 200 mm (less than 10 inches a year in old measurement). Nildottie has only a couple of dozen houses. It is located at a point where the Murray river's channels start to spread and anabranch across the landscape. There are numerous birds living in the area and the town's location is on vividly coloured and ancient limestone cliffs.
The word 'punyelroo' is supposed to mean 'nice camping spot'. It is located only 7 km downstream from Swan Reach. It has the usual array of riverside attractions including excellent views across the Murray and a number of stores for those people travelling the river by boat. It is very popular with waterskiers.