Valentine’s Day is here again, but instead of the traditional ideas, be inspired by the River Murray for a romantic interlude.
Not only are these activities perfect for celebrating love on 14 February, they’re unique and enjoyable experiences year round.
Australia has the largest collection of active paddleboats and paddlesteamers in the world and these beautiful boats have been operating since 1853.
For a more extended river cruise, or for those with the rest of the family to consider, a houseboat is a great option. You can enjoy the trip at your own pace and explore the many towns along the way.
Prefer to stay on land? There’s a plethora of places to escape with your loved one, ranging from the basic to the luxurious.
If you’re looking to go truly rustic, pack the tent and go camping in one of the national parks in the region. Chowilla Game Reserve, Karte Conservation Park and Loch Luna and Moorook Game Reserves all provide options for snuggling up in a sleeping bag with your special someone. First time camping? Check out our camping guide for beginners.
If getting active gets your heart racing, head to Ngarkat Conservation Park and try out one of the walking trails to see how many of the more than 120 species of birds you can spot. If you can’t bear to head off without your fur baby, the Lyrup Flats section of Murray River National Park provides fantastic walking options for dogs on leads. Be sure to check out our insider’s tips for visiting this park.
Wining and dining
There’s a veritable feast of options when it comes to toasting your loved one along the river. Check out some of the wineries in the Riverland wine region for a fabulous chardonnay or shiraz. Or if you’re looking for something a little more left of centre, head to the 23rd St Gin Distillery in Renmark.
Feel like keeping things closer to home? Bring a little bit of the River Murray to you by cooking up a storm with some of the region’s most delicious produce. Pick up some farmed Murray Cod from your local fish market and try this Murray Cod in white wine with citrus recipe.
All images courtesy of the South Australian Tourism Commission.