Renmark is a friendly Riverland town that is home to Australia’s largest rose garden and hosts a glorious Rose Festival each October.
Remark is a great spot for some Murray River cruising. The historic paddle steamer PS Industry fires up on the first Sunday of every month. It’s one of the few remaining paddle steamers from the busy river trade days. The riverfront is also the base for several houseboat fleets, including the Liba Liba fleet. Original proprietor Ian Showell conceived the idea of a floating house while in Egypt. The boats he saw along the Nile became the inspiration for what is now a multi-million dollar Murray River industry.
Riverland Leisure Canoe Tours can also meet you in Renmark and help you discover the fascinating backwaters of the Murray River or you can hire a canoe or kayak and take off to explore for yourself.
Stroll along the Renmark riverfront interpretive walk. This easy five-kilometre walk (also suitable for bikes) interprets historical information about the town and river. An extension of the walk takes you to the nearby town of Paringa.
Visit Olivewood Historic Homestead and Museum. The Canadian-born Chaffey brothers are often called the founders of Renmark. Their original home, Olivewood, is now a National Trust museum and gives an important insight into the history of the town.
Ideal for horticulture, Renmark’s climate is also perfect for roses. From September to July the main street is flush with blooms. Ruston’s Rose Garden is the largest rose garden in Australia and hosts a glorious mix of modern and heritage roses of all kinds and colours. The Rustons Rose Garden Visitor Centre offers a coffee and gift shop and a Classic Car Museum.
Accommodation in Renmark includes riverfront caravan parks, hotels and motels, bed and breakfasts and self-contained cabins. An extensive range of houseboats is available for hire.