RENMARKMORE THAN YOU IMAGINE
Renmark, is situated on the Sturt Highway and is approximately 250 kilometres north east of Adelaide.
The Renmark Paringa Council was established on July 1, 1996 when the former District Council of Paringa and the Town of Renmark amalgamated. The Council area is centred around the River Murray in South Australia with its base located in Renmark. The towns of Paringa and Lyrup are also within the Council area which comprises of 921 square kilometres and the district has a population of approximately 9,879.
Renmark takes its name from the Aboriginal word meaning “red mud”. The town was founded in 1887 following a joint agreement between the state government and Canadian engineers George and Ben Chaffey. The brothers were instrumental in helping to establish the system of irrigation still in use on the Murray today. Renmark is Australia’s oldest irrigation settlement.
The climate of year-round sunshine coupled with innovative irrigation has made the region a land of bounty – it’s the engine-room of Australia’s wine industry and heart of the state’s citrus and stone fruits production.
As well as ideal for horticulture, Renmark’s climate is perfect for roses and from September to July the main street is flushed with blooms. Ruston’s Rose Garden is the largest rose garden in the southern hemisphere and hosts a glorious mix of modern and heritage roses of all kinds and colours. All things “rose” are celebrated in October in the town’s nine-day Rose Festival.
Renmark is much-loved for outdoor and water-based activities such as houseboating, fishing, golfing, bushwalking, swimming, gliding, canoeing and skiing. And for sheer relaxation: lazy days on the riverbank watching the distinctive river birds, exploring museums and galleries, also visiting cellar doors and local produce outlets are always rewarding.
The PS Industry Paddleboat is moored adjacent to the visitor centre. Commissioned in 1911, the Industry once worked for South Australian Water keeping the Murray River open to traffic by removing snags and later in the construction of locks and weirs. This historic paddle steamer fires up on the first Sunday of every month. It’s one of the few remaining paddle-steamers from the busy river trade days.
Renmark has some of the Murray River’s most dramatic and lovely scenery, a remarkable diversity of wildlife and botany, and its protected areas, tour operators and landowners committed to environmental sustainability.
The pace of the river is the pace life ought to be: peaceful, relaxed and almost no traffic!
Endless sunshine, the laid back river lifestyle, and the great water sports and nature activities make it a fantastic place to get off the treadmill.
Renmark has First Class Accommodation, Entertainment, Activities and Facilities!