Paringa, South Australia

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South Australia
Paringa Bridge.jpg
Paringa bridge across the Murray River
Paringa is located in South Australia
Coordinates 34°10′S 140°47′E / 34.167°S 140.783°E / -34.167; 140.783Coordinates: 34°10′S 140°47′E / 34.167°S 140.783°E / -34.167; 140.783
Population 946 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 5340
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACDT (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s) Renmark Paringa Council
State electorate(s) Chaffey
Federal Division(s) Barker

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.[2] At the 2006 census, Paringa had a population of 946.[1]


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.[3] 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.[4] The railway eventually extended to Barmera by August 1928.

The historic Paringa Bridge Over the River Murray 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.[5] It was opened on 31 January 1927, enabling the railway to extend to Renmark.[4] It is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.[6]

The railway closed December 1990 but the bridge continues to carry the Sturt Highway as part of the main road link between Adelaide and Sydney.

The town today[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Paringa (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  2. ^ The Paringa Lift Span Bridge Shields, Brian Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, April, 1998 pp139-142
  3. ^ "PARINGA RAILWAY.". The Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 1 October 1913. p. 11. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "THE PARINGA BRIDGE.". The Advertiser. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 31 January 1927. p. 8. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Paringa Bridge over the River Murray [Metal Vertical Lift]". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 May 2016.