Paringa, South Australia
Paringa bridge across the Murray River
|Population||946 (2006 census)|
|Time zone||ACST (UTC+9:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||ACDT (UTC+10:30)|
|LGA(s)||Renmark Paringa Council|
Paringa is a small town in the Riverland of South Australia. Paringa is famous for its vineyards, almond, citrus and stone fruit orchards, and the steel bridge with a span that can be raised to allow houseboats and paddlesteamers to pass underneath and across the Murray River to Renmark. At the 2006 census, Paringa had a population of 946.
The railway line from Tailem Bend was extended north to Paringa soon after it had reached the Brown's Well district, with the official opening on 3 October 1913. However it took another 14 years for the railway to cross the river, when the bridge and the railway to Renmark opened in January 1927. The railway eventually extended to Barmera by August 1928.
The Paringa bridge was designed to carry a single railway line in the centre, with a road lane on each side of it. It has a total of six spans, including one lift span to allow river traffic to pass underneath. It was opened on 31 January 1927, enabling the railway to extend to Renmark.
The town today
Paringa today is a satellite town to the much larger Renmark, 4 km downstream. It boasts a pub, general store, museum and antiques shop. It is a service centre for the large agricultural enterprises on the Murtho and Lindsay Point roads. There is a beautiful picnic area on the riverfront adjacent to the Bridge. Many new homes have been built in Paringa in recent years.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Paringa (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
- The Paringa Lift Span Bridge Shields, Brian Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, April, 1998 pp139-142
- "PARINGA RAILWAY.". The Register (Adelaide: National Library of Australia). 1 October 1913. p. 11. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
- "THE PARINGA BRIDGE.". The Advertiser (Adelaide: National Library of Australia). 31 January 1927. p. 8. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
- "OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION OF PARINGA BRIDGE AND PARINGA TO RENMARK RAILWAY.". Murray Pioneer and Australian River Record (Renmark, SA: National Library of Australia). 28 January 1927. p. 7. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
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