Paringa is 216 kilometres north-east of Adelaide and only five kilometres 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. Twice a day the lifting span bridge rises to let river traffic pass beneath – quite a sight.
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.
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.
A selection of accommodation is available in Paringa and its surrounds, including motel, caravan park, cottages, houseboats and camping sites.