The Riverland has a wealth of natural resources which assist and support the commercial development of the region. As such, the residents of the Riverland have a great sense of place and are very passionate about the preservation, protection and enhancement of these natural resources.
The Riverland is home to over 300kms of the majestic River Murray, which is crucial to the region as well as being the most important natural and environmental asset. It is the key to the development of the region, and residents of the Riverland are conscious of this and are taking every step to preserve this natural wonder.
The Riverland has an abundance of unique wildlife and boasts two internationally listed RAMSAR sites, The Banrock Station and The Riverland (consisting of 36,000 ha from Renmark to the NSW and Victorian borders).
The Riverland is home to 40 national parks that protect different ecosystems.
The Murray River National Park consists of three areas, Kararapko, Bulyong Island and Lyrup Flats, which form an archipelago park and conserve a number of flood plain environments.
The Chowilla Game Reserve and Regional Reserve has an abundance of birdlife and a variety of plants that provide a peaceful bush setting.
The Danggali Conservation Park, now part of the Riverland Biosphere that also includes the Chowilla Game and Regional Reserves as well as Calperum, Gluepot and Taylorville Stations, was established as Australia's first Biosphere Reservation in 1977 under UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Program. The Biosphere, known for its vastness and wilderness and domination of Mallee scrubland, protects samples of ecosystems from throughout the world. Visitors can enjoy swimming, bushwalking, canoeing, boating and fishing at many of the national parks.