Australia’s biggest rose festival is coming to the banks of the Murray River in South Australia in October.
From October 14-23, The Renmark and Riverland Rose Festival will feature 10 days of action-packed activities and is a chance for visitors to see the largest collection of roses in the southern hemisphere.
The popular festival, set against a backdrop of town gardens and specially-opened private gardens in the towns of Renmark (home of the National Rose Collection of Australia at Ruston’s Roses), Loxton, Murtho and Waikeritown, will be opened by Kelvin Trimper, rose expert and president of the World Rose Federation.
In addition to the major floral display in the town, there will also be craft demonstrations, flower arranging, boat cruises, art displays and even a mystery bus tour.
Foodies can enjoy a gala dinner on the Renmark riverfront, high teas, a visit to a Greek taverna and boutique breweries and wineries.
Founded in 1887, Renmark is Australia’s oldest irrigation settlement and home of the first houseboats on the Murray.
While the major part of the festival is centred on Renmark, the Riverland towns of Berri, Barmera, Loxton, Lyrip, Monash and Waikerie provide a raft of other attractions.