Paddling Riverland

There is so much to do and explore in the Riverland. Hire a canoe or kayak, or bring your own, and gain unique access to thousands of kilometres of pristine waterways. Set your own pace and paddle the mighty Murray River, venture into wetlands and floodplain forests and along the many kilometres of quiet red-gum lined creeks. Camp in this ever-changing landscape with views of ochre-coloured cliffs; meander the placid waterways and expansive wetlands alive with more than 300 species of waterbirds.


chowilla island loop trail

This is a 2-3 day loop trail starting and finishing below Lock 6. The trail travels through the Lock upstream to the Isle of Man. Once off the river the trail enters quiet backwaters and circumnavigates Chowilla Island. Emerging downstream, the final 4 km upstream then returns paddlers to the original launch site.

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grand junction island loop trail

Once off the Murray River, this 2-3 day loop paddle takes in backwaters through the semi-arid region of the Chowilla floodplain, an area largely untouched by irrigation and development. Enjoy this special place, a haven for wildlife from kangaroos to emus, parrots to pelicans, and black swans.

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lock 4 eckert creek loop trail

This Trail starts at Lock 4 and goes through Ajax/Achilles Lake back to the river then through the following creeks, Eckert Creek, Jarrett creek, Sawmill creek and back via the Murray River to Lock 4. It can be extended to a two-day trip by paddling via the Splash and Katarapko Creek

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loxton katarapko loop trail

This loop trail starts from the Loxton Caravan Park and takes paddlers up Katarapko Creek to the stone weir returning to the launch point travelling downstream via the Murray River

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nelbuck island loop trail

A loop trail which starts from Murtho (Canoe the Riverland) and travels via Kylie Creek, Ral Ral Creek and Nelbuck Creek back to the Murray River and returns to the start point. This trail can be extended to 2-days by paddling on through the Ral Ral wide waters and around Reny Island (past Calperum Station). Campsites can be found along the way. Be aware that you are travelling through National Park and reserve areas.

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pike river mundic creek trail

This loop trail through some picturesque backwaters, relatively close to the township of Renmark and civilisation but with a distinct feeling of remoteness as you set up camp along the quiet waterways and enjoy the stunning reflected sunset.

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pike river rumpagunyah creek loop trail

Long day paddle in a loop along Pike River/Rumpagunyah Creek returning to launch site. This loop trail does not require any portages and is not affected by changing water levels in the area (being downstream of Lock 5 and of the Pike River regulators).

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punkah island loop trail

This trail is a 2-day loop paddle around Punkah Island in the Chowilla Game Reserve starting and finishing at the Border Cliffs campground’s canoe launch site.

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Ral Ral campsite photo courtesy Meredith Blesing Paddling Trails South Australia

ral ral creek loop trail

Ral Ral Creek (Nelbuck Creek/ Hunchee Island) Loop Trail
A loop trail from Murtho Forest via Nelbuck Creek and Hunchee Island through picturesque river backwaters. This 2-day trip is recommended to include an overnight camp.

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Paddling Trail South Australia has a range of Paddling Trails to suit different abilities.

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These are easy to access kayak and canoe trails through the Adelaide, Fleurieu Peninsula, Riverland, Murray River, and the Coorong.