Loxton is on the south bank of the Murray River, and has a population of about 7,100 people. The surrounding area is a prime citrus fruit growing region. In the Riverland, the Murray - Australia’s longest river at 2,508km – winds past limestone cliffs, vineyards, parks and lakes. Loxton is only a few hours’ drive from Adelaide, too, so it’s handy if you live in SA and want to escape to wine country for a while.
Just one of Loxton’s wineries crushes 85,000 tonnes of grapes a year, which is too bad for the grapes, but excellent for wine buffs, with a number of vineyards hiding up long tree-lined roads. Is there anything else Loxton does as well as wine? Yes, several things! Loxton’s local produce, including grain-fed meats and fresh fruit and veggies, are packed with deliciousness and are perfect for cooking up a storm. If you’d prefer your meals cooked for you, Loxton has hotels, cafes, bakeries and a combination pizza bar and video centre. East Terrace is the place to head for some shopping, with everything from fashion to toys to take-away. Don’t miss the Loxton Historical Village, which is made up of 45 buildings showcasing the lives of the early settlers, including a blacksmith, bakery and even a dentist. Three times a year, the village comes alive with staff in period costume re-enacting history.
If outdoor activities are more your style, the Loxton Pioneer Memorial Gardens are worth seeing, with over 1,100 roses commemorating Loxton’s early pioneers. You can also explore the Murray River National Park, which takes up more than 13,000 hectares and has different areas like Katarapko, which is across the river from Loxton and has heaps of good fishing and camping areas, to Bulyong Island, a bush area bursting with native wildlife and accessible only by boat.
If Christmas is your favourite time of the year, Loxton is the ideal place to pull your cracker! The Loxton Lights Festival lights up the town every December with a massive Christmas tree and festively decorated houses turning the streets into a summer wonderland. It also features carols, markets and live shows for the kids. Still bitter about those ugly socks you got from the family three years ago? Make up for it with the best Christmas ever in Loxton!
Don’t delay! Book your Loxton hotel with us and a flight to Adelaide if you need it and discover the treasures waiting for you in Loxton.
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