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Rufus River

It was Charles Sturt who named the Rufus River, apparently in honour of his 'friend McLeahy's red head'. He was also the first white man to encounter the Aborigines of the area, as he and his crew rowed down the Murray in 1830.

Following Sturt was an influx of European traffic in the form of 'Overlanders'; moving sheep and cattle along the Murray from the eastern colonies to South Australia.

This movement disturbed the Aboriginal people's pattern of life - and conflicts between the two cultures arose, culminating in a clash that became known as the Rufus River Massacre of 1841. Where it is said 35 people died and a further 16 were injured.

There are two areas, where camping is permitted. At the Rufus River campsite (near Lake Victoria), with water, shade and toilets or The Murray River site, which is 'bush camping' only.

Rufus River: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Rufus River


It was Charles Sturt who named the Rufus River, apparently in honour of his 'friend McLeahy's red head'. He was also the first white man to encounter the Aborigines of the area, as he and his crew rowed down the Murray in 1830.

Following Sturt was an influx of European traffic in the form of 'Overlanders'; moving sheep and cattle along the Murray from the eastern colonies to South Australia.

This movement disturbed the Aboriginal people's pattern of life - and conflicts between the two cultures arose, culminating in a clash that became known as the Rufus River Massacre of 1841.

There are two areas where camping is permitted. The Rufus River campsite has water, shade and toilets or The Murray River site, which is bush camping only. The Frenchman's Creek leaves the Murray River and enters Lake Victoria and Rufus River leaves Lake Victoria and enters the Murray River.






Rufus River,
Approximately 65 kilometres west of Wentworth
Wentworth, NSW, 2648

Located 15.7K from Rufus River

Chowilla Game Reserve And Regional Reserve


Located 50 kilometres north of Renmark, Chowilla is a tranquil world away from the hectic pace of modern life.

Comprising over 18,000 hectares of floodplain and wetland, its meandering waterways lined with majestic river red gums provide many relaxing ways to spend the day.

Paddle peaceful backwaters by canoe. Find a quiet spot to try your luck fishing for callop or yabbies. Sit quietly and watch numerous water birds feed at the water's edge. Select a campsite along the parks 46 kilometres of river frontage and experience the sights and sounds of life on the river.

Chowilla is also an integral part of the Bookmark Biosphere Reserve and offers interpretive trails. The Cliffs Customs House Wetland walking trail provides an introduction to the riverland's diverse flora featuring river coobas, hardy black box and dryland tea-trees. The Old Coach Road vehicle trail explores the natural and cultural history of the Chowilla floodplain.

Self-registration and payment for camping is available at the park.




Old Wentworth Road
Renmark, SA, 5341

Located 23.6K from Rufus River

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