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Paringa, Riverland, South Australia near the Victorian border
Paringa - A great destination no matter what the season
Paringa is 216km north-east of Adelaide and only 5km from Renmark. The road south-east from Renmark is on the eastern edge of the Riverland and the gateway to Victoria including the towns of Wentworth, Merbein and Mildura. You can also enter South Australia from Sydney and Canberra and the Riverina via Paringa.
Paringa is from an Aboriginal word meaning "big bend in the river". In 1913 Paringa became the first Murray town to become connected to Adelaide by rail. The Paringa Suspension Bridge was opened in 1927 and is only one of five spanning the Murray River in South Australia.
Things to do and see in Paringa
Historic Paringa Bridge
Twice a day the lifting span bridge (officially opened in 1927) rises to let river traffic pass beneath - quite a sight.
Old Customs House
From Paringa take Murtho Road on a short journey where you will end up at Old Customs House, a historic port, with a great bush wetland walk. Here you will find numerous facilities, including a kiosk, barbecue, camping sites and Customs House Houseboats (formery Alura Houseboats). For further information on the walk refer to the Riverland Nature Trails brochure or call into the Old Customs House building.
Margaret Dowling National Trust Reserve
Off the Lock 5 Road, is a popular bushland area fronting the Murray River.
Murtho Forest Reserve
Travel along the Murtho Road towards Customs House you'll discover the Murtho Forest Reserve. The reserve gives excellent views of the Murray River Valley north of Paringa and Renmark.
Nearby Lock 5 is an example of the river control systems built in the 1920's and 30's. Picnic facilities are available.
Heading's Cliff Lookout
A lookout at Heading's Cliffs You can admire the marvellous river view and rest at the camping area developed in the Murtho Forest Reserve.
Antiques and Collectables
Another popular Paringa attraction is the antique and collectables store that houses the region's biggest collection of paraphernalia and other "-alias", including kitchenalia and garagenalia.
Local Services and Attractions
- LPG Auto Gas
- Sporting Facilities
- Tennis courts and oval are available for hire
- A museum, the old Border Customs House
- Apex Scenic Lookout
- Bert Dix Memorial Park - BBQs, toilets, boat ramp and picnic area.
Income is mainly derived from sheep stations, agriculture, viticulture and horticulture, producing revenue from both fresh and dried fruits.
Renmark Visitor Information Centre
84 Murray Ave
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