12 great paddle trails
Finding a great place to go kayaking, canoeing, or stand up paddleboarding in the Riverland region of South Australia is easy when you are a Global Paddler member. All you need to do is pick a number on our trip locator map and click or tap on the trail name with the same number in the list below. Global Paddler memberships are available from our online store.
Each Global Paddler guide includes a map, colour photographs, logistical details, a route description, local points of interest, quirky facts, and recommended places to eat, drink, and stay the night so that every day you spend on the water is fantastic.
- Wilperna Island
If you had a chance to paddle on the majestic Murray River, take in the iconic Chowilla Floodplain, visit two shipwrecks from the first half of last century and see three Australian states from the water, all in a single day, would you take it? Well, what are you waiting for?
- Slaney Island
There are many ways to explore the legendary Chowilla Floodplain but this lap of Slaney Island might just be the most fun. An exciting ride on The Chute at the start of the day puts a smile on your face that doesn’t leave until long after it’s time to go home.
- Calperum Station
The precious wildlife and plants that call Calperum Station home have earned this amazing place endless awe-inspired admirers and ensured that it is now protected by a Biosphere Reserve, an Important Bird Area, and a Ramsar Wetland of International Significance.
- Nelbuck Island
Nelbuck Island is in the Bulyong Island section of the Murray River National Park. The waters that surround it are a combination of small secluded creeks and the magnificent Murray River. There is no access by road or on foot so it’s a brilliant place to paddle and camp.
- Tanyaca & Rumpagunyah
Tanyaca and Rumpagunyah are two attractive, adventure-ready creeks near Renmark. They will always have special places in my heart and not just because they are good-looking and have cool names. It is also because of how I, and now you, know about them.
Most visitors to Bookpurnong are delighted by its picturesque river cliffs and the peaceful campground directly opposite. That alone is enough to satisfy all but the harshest of critics but there is a whole lot more hidden between the red gums and paddlers get to see it all.
- Katarapko Creek
Katarapko Creek is a 20 kilometre long anabranch of the Murray River that winds through the gorgeous Murray River National Park near Loxton. It is one of Australia’s most well-appointed canoe trails with road-accessible campsites, several toilets, and even a few boat ramps.
- Nockburra Creek
Nockburra Creek is an integral part of the much-loved Loch Luna Game Reserve. Its labyrinthlike collection of channels and lagoons provide important habitat for native birds and animals and countless places for you to lose yourself for as long or as little as you like.
- Overland Corner
People have been paddling and camping at Overland Corner for thousands of years and there is no reason we should break with tradition now. This awesome place has free riverside camping, a famous pub a short walk away, and a noted winery across the water.
Waikerie is a rural town with a stunning waterfront location. Expansive clifftop views are paired perfectly with multiple points of access to the Murray River. No visit to Waikerie is complete without seeing it from the water and paddling is the best way to do that.
At last count, the population of Cadell was less than 500 people. Everyday life is blissfully quiet so its intriguing geology, colourful history, and delicious primary produce can be enjoyed in total serenity. You will always remember your visit to little Cadell.
Whispers from the past are strong at Morgan. Hints of what it must have been like here hundreds and even millions of years ago are etched into the landscape and recorded in man-made relics. Launch into the Murray River at Morgan and immerse yourself in history.