Settlers Bend, South Australia

Settlers Bend is at Renmark South, which is part of Renmark city. The major industry is agriculture, forestry & fishing and a majority of workers are retail or industrial managers or labourers.

Renmark is a town in South Australia's rural Riverland area and is located 254 km northeast of Adelaide, on the banks of the River Murray. The Sturt Highway between Adelaide and Sydney runs through the town.

Renmark, incorporating Renmark South and Settlers Bend is the last major town encountered in South Australia when driving this route. It is 31 metres above sea level. It is the oldest European settlement on the River Murray. Captain Charles Sturt was the first European to pass though the area in January 1830, as he navigated the length of the Murray from the Great Dividing Range, eventually reaching Lake Alexandrina.

Renmark is a multicultural centre for the Riverland area. It consists of elegant wide streets. The river itself offers excellent spots for fishing, waterskiing and boating. Renmark is famous among Australian youth for being the closest town to the vineyard on which the concept of box wine or "goon" was invented in 1965.

The area is known for the cultivation of grapes, citrus fruits, tomatoes, vegetables, wheat and wool. Orange trees stretch for hectares as do vineyards and stone fruit orchards. Other industries include almond growing and pistachio nut cultivation.

Renmark is also home to the region's only restored paddle steamer, wine companies and the rose industry. Renmark hosts the Renmark Rose Festival every October. Renmark contains a new, modern shopping complex, camping grounds, and a 380 metres (420 yd) dirt oval speedway known as the Riverland Speedway.

River Cruises operate all year round. Seasons on the Murray offer quite different experiences. The Australian winter can be quite cold overnight but days are quite warm and this ranges through to the summer when days can be hot (though generally not humid) and nights are warm.

General Information:

Population: 7,491
Language: English
Currency: Australian Dollar
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +9:30 hours
Dial Code: +61

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