Waikerie, the ‘Gateway to the Riverland,’ is located on the A20 Sturt Highway and is only 2.5 hours from Adelaide. The names is derived from ‘Wei kari’, meaning ‘Many Wings’ and was named by the local Ngawait Aboriginal tribe. The term ‘Many Wings’ refers to the giant swift moths, known today as Rain Moths, emerging from their cocoons from beneath the ground after heavy rain. The township of Waikerie was established in 1884, as an experiment to solve the unemployment rate in Adelaide and quickly became the first irrigated area in the Riverland, growing vines, lemons and stone fruit.

Waikerie, like all Riverland towns has a strong sense of Community demonstrated by the local Sporting clubs. From football, netball and hockey, to water ski-ing and lawn bowls, Waikerie has sports for everyone. The main street offers good shopping in the town centre, along with a good night out at the Waikerie Hotel.

Drop by and take a look. Waikerie also sits on the mighty Murray, so bring along the dinghy or skiboat for fishing, water sports or a relaxing cruise.

Attractions/ Events

Benson Park Horse Riding Trails

Murray River Queen

Havenhand Hand Crafted Chocolates

Paul White Photography Gallery

Riverglen View Art Studio and Gallery

Gliding – Waikerie International Soaring Centre

Bird Watching at Gluepot Reserve

Rotary Cliftop Walk

Camel and Boat Safaris

SKAA Australian Speedway Kart Title

Riverland Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival

Waikerie Markets

Lions Auction

Riverland Enduro

Riverland Hit ‘n’ Miss Rally

Waikerie Santa’s Cave

Waikerie Christmas Pagent

Rainmoth Gallery


Burk Salter

True Grit at Caudo Vineyard


Waikerie Community Club

Waikerie Football Club

Waikerie Netball Club

Waikerie Golf Club

Waikerie Gliding Club

Waikerie Rotary Club

Waikerie Little Athletics

Waikerie Rifle Club

Waikerie Bowling Club

Ladies Probus Club Inc

Waikerie Black Sox

Waikerie Horse and Pony Club

Waikerie Hockey Club​


Viewpoint Cafe

Wok on Water

Caudo Cellar Door

Waikerie Hotel Motel

Newland Bakery

River Run Cafe and Convenience Store

Blanchtown Hotel

Waikerie Club

Waikerie Cafe

Café on McCoy

Waikerie Bakery

Havenhand Chocolate

Soda Sundae


Waikerie Children’s Centre

Sunnyside Family Day Care

Cadell Primary School

Ramco Primary School

Waikerie Primary School

Waikerie Lutheran Primary School

Waikerie High School

Murray Institute of TAFE