Our Region

Connecting our region for a resilient and sustainable future.

RDAMR acknowledges the diversity of our people and place and the deep connection with our land and waters as cared for through millennia by our Aboriginal forebears.

Our region is known for its community spirit, resilience, technical excellence in irrigation, dryland farming, biosecurity, and food and wine production, but perhaps most of all for its enviable lifestyle. It is home to world-renowned natural attractions, internationally recognised experiences and premium food, wine and accommodation.

The region’s main population centres are located along the River Murray, with the majority located in one of our seven major towns.

The region has a strong Aboriginal culture and heritage, with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population above the national average.

The Murray River (Moorundi) is the lifeblood of our region; an economic corridor that sustains our communities, lifestyle and economy. The Murray connects us into Adelaide, the urban centre of South Australia, through its water supply, and beyond South Australian borders into New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland through the Murray-Darling Basin.

The Mallee is our connection to Country (Ruwe), with vast open spaces and world-leading rain-fed, livestock and groundwater-fed horticultural production.

Our connection to region can be traced back millennia through our region’s proud Aboriginal culture, from which we are learning so much, including turning back to the notion of a circular economy.

Some 73,000 people live across our region, with the majority located in one of our seven major towns, Murray Bridge, Mannum, Renmark, Berri, Barmera, Loxton and Waikerie.



Square Kilometers36,200


Local Jobs32,300




Regional Statistics

About the Murraylands and Riverland Region.

Up-to-date, credible demographic and economic data of the Murraylands and Riverland region is available free of charge online, and regional businesses and councils have been using it to make evidence-based decisions and secure grant funding.

The data answers three important questions – what are the characteristics of the Murraylands and Riverland economy and community, how are they changing, and how do they compare to other areas?

Information is presented in clear maps, tables and charts with concise factual commentary, and we can help you interrogate the online tools to obtain the information you need.

You can be confident about the quality of the information, as it is derived from official sources and the most robust economic modelling, it is analysed and presented by experts and is independently funded. The profiles are updated whenever the Australian Bureau of Statistics releases new data, so you can be sure you are using the most up-to-date information.

RDA Murraylands and Riverland is proud to fund this initiative, and we encourage councils, community groups, investors, business people, students and the general public to use this valuable resource to enhance your policy-making, strategic and business plans, business cases and grant applications, and more.

Economic Profile

Gain insight into the region’s Gross Regional Product, local jobs, local businesses, employment, unemployment, population, building approvals, industry structure, journey to work and much more.

Community Profile

Gain insights into the region’s population, age structure, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, income, qualifications, occupations, employment, unemployment, disability, disadvantage, volunteering, childcare, family structure, household structure, housing tenure, mortgage and rental payments, and the size and type of the dwellings people live in.

Our Tourism Partners

Our tourism partners, Murray River, Lakes & Coorong and Destination Riverland are a great starting point to plan your next visit to the Murraylands and Riverland.


Lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle are the words that best describe why the Murraylands and Riverland is such a great place to live, work, play and invest.

Each of our regions eight Local Government Areas (LGAs) are unique in their own right, from vast Mallee landscapes to the beautiful cliffs of the River.


The Murraylands and Riverland region is ripe with employment opportunities across diverse industries, job types and skill levels.

The region’s largest employing industries include primary production and value-added processing, health and community services, and tourism. We also have a strong manufacturing and retail sector.


People visit the Murraylands and Riverland to enjoy a day trip on the river, a short stay to take in the sights, or a family holiday to unwind and reconnect.

When they realise the abundance of opportunities that present, combined with the enviable lifestyle that we have, they never want to leave.


With close proximity to Adelaide and interstate transport routes, strong projected population growth, thriving agriculture and horticulture industry, growing construction, healthcare and social assistance and manufacturing industries, diversity across the tourism industry and a solid commitment to environmental sustainability make the Murraylands and Riverland a thriving region for investment.


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