Padley Lodge has been setup as a modern facility for group stays and is an accredited tourist business.
Ideal for schools, universities, community groups, pre-season football camps, environmentalists, artist, craft or photography groups and of course family or friend get togethers.
Due to the amazing location, visitors have the opportunity to pursue a variety of activities.
We have listed some suggestions of places to visit or activities to do, which will allow your group to be educated about the history and environment of the Riverland and learn new skills.
Please contact the service providers directly with your enquiry.
Canoe Adventures is passionate about helping anyone and everyone to enjoy the amazing waterways that we have in the Riverland.
To meet the needs of any sized group. they have more than 70 kayaks and canoes available for hire.
"Learn paddling skills and safety through fun activities" - that's the teaching philosophy of Canoe Adventure/s qualified instructors.
You can launch at the riverfront in Lyrup, or Canoe Adventures can take you to fascinating water trails that form part of the Riverland's extensive network of backwaters and wetlands.
All hire includes PFDs (life jackets), laminated maps and basic paddling instruction. Bus/vehicle transfers can be arranged for one-way trips.
Phone Kym 0421 167 645
Canoe the Riverland
Canoe the Riverland provides Kayak and Canoe Hire and Tours near Renmark-Paringa.
You can tailor your experience to suit your occasion. We cater to school, corporate and community groups and facilitate team-bonding exercises.
Hire: Launch directly into the unspoiled Woolenook Wetlands from our riverfront property. Follow our maps to choose trails through river, creeks and lagoons to discover the birds and wildlife. Large range of quality single and double kayaks along with canoes.
Tours: Those who prefer a guided tour can choose from Wetland Tours and Sunset Tours. We provide discounts for groups of eight or more.
Phone Jim or Ruth on 0475 754 222
Cobdogla Irrigation & Steam Museum
Located at the small town community of Cobdogla just out of Barmera in the Riverland, the Irrigation and Steam Museum is a fun and educational experience for children and adults alike.
The Museum has special operating days with working exhibits and train rides.
Special arrangements for operating out of our usual opening days will be considered on enquiry.
Phone 0403 036 949
Exclusive to guests staying at Padaley Lodge, the opportunity to hire a boat with driver included.
Ideal for water activities, skiing, wakeboarding, hydrosliding or just cruising along the Murray taking in the ever changing scenery.
Phone Kelly 0417 829 526
The Village, Loxton
Step back in time to an era before TV, air conditioners and computers, when bread was baked at home in a wood-fuelled oven, milk came directly from cows to the table and when horses pulled ploughs to cultivate the land.
The Village, Loxton tells the stories of the region's early settlers and their families, displayed in over 45 recreated buildings and exhibits on the banks of the Murray River.
The Village Education program provides students with the opportunity to discover what life was like in our region between the 1890's and 1950's.
Phone 8584 7194
McCormick Centre for the Environment
The McCormick Centre for the Environment in Renmark is a regional hub for environmental education and eco-tourism. It boasts a 115-seat lecture theatre, research and teaching laboratories, catering facilities, a reception area for functions, rooms for meetings and offices.
The Centre runs a diverse program of exhibitions and activities, as well as providing a base from which community groups can operate.
Phone: 8586 4777
Whether you are coming to the Riverland to compete in the many cycling events held throughout the year or just a group of keen cyclists that like to explore new areas to ride, Padaley is a great place to base yourself.
Pre-season Sports Camps
Padaley Lodge is well suited to pre-season sporting camps, in particular football, soccer, baseball, softball and cricket.
The oval and basketball court provides a good base for all sorts of drills and the large indoor and undercover areas lend themselves to team bonding activities.
Flora & Fauna
The Riverland has a network of National Parks which include long stretches of river, wetlands and large areas of Mallee. This environment is home to an abundance of birdlife and native animals and mammals, many which are endangered.
It is common to see kangaroos and emus drinking on the banks of the river and its creeks, dwarfed by majestic reg dums with hollows containing bats and parrots and hungry river goannas.
For more information about nature on the river go to http://www.destinationriverland.org.au/river-and-nature
Artists & Photographers
The Riverland is an artist or photographer's paradise.
With it's natural beauty of river scenes, ochre cliffs, wetlands, wildlife, native plants, stunning sunrises and sunsets and historic architecture, the diverse landscapes are waiting to be created into a piece of art.
The many lookouts throughout the region provide great vantage points for capturing a panoramic view of the mighty Murray River.
Padaley is an ideal place to base your art or photography group while you go and explore this wonderful region.
There are also many galleries and private studios to find work on display. Visit www.destinationriverland.org.au for more information.
We have only highlighted a few things to do in the Riverland but there is so much more, so best if you head over to the Destination Riverland's website for a good overview of our region.
Ph: 0417 829 526
551 Lyrup Main Road, Lyrup SA 5343