About Us

Nestled on the banks of the majestic River Murray in South Australia, the Renmark Hotel was established as the first British Empire Community Owned Hotel in 1897. The Renmark Hotel returns its profits to the community by way of donations and sponsorships. A fact the Renmark community are very proud of.

The historic Renmark Hotel boasts a complete range of services and accommodation. From the comfortable Hotel Rooms to the Riverview Balcony Suites, there is a style of accommodation to suit everybody. The Renmark Hotel features a Bistro, with an Al Fresco Deck overlooking the Murray River, Sports & Entertainment bar, Gaming Room and outdoor Beer Garden. The Renmark Hotel is a modern comfortable facility that strives to preserve its heritage listing and art deco design.

Tourists and Renmark locals are more than welcome at the Renmark Hotel. Come and visit to see what we have to offer.

Renmark Hotel view from river
hot chocolate
Renmark Hotel bar

History

The Renmark and Paringa district was settled by the Chaffey Brothers on the 14th February, 1887 as a first Irrigation Settlement in Australia.

The Renmark Hotel was later established in 1897 and became the first Community Hotel in the British Empire and is still operating today as a Community Hotel. The first licensee of the Hotel was Jane Meissner. The Community elects members to the Board of Directors for a 3 year term.

Donations to the Community from the early 1900’s were instrumental in establishing the Renmark town. Donations went to building the Renmark Institute, Renmark Hospital, a fire station, public toilets, Caravan Park and to the council for road works, paving, parks and gardens. Others to benefit Hotel donations were the Scouts, Girl Guides, racing club, schools, bands and football club with donations still being made today to numerous organisations.

During World War II in 1942, the Hotel built an Observation Post on the Tower at the front of the Hotel, which was used as an Air Spotters’ post and had personnel rostered 24 hours a day.

On the 15th November, 1957 the Hotel opened a bar which was the longest bar in the Southern Hemisphere. It was 205 feet or 62.4 metres long, circled the whole room and had 20 taps.

The Hotel even bought land in James Avenue and gave it to the council, so that gardens were maintained for the public. They also bought the land to be used for a Scenic Lookout tower which was completed by Rotary in 1961.

The first Tourist Office for Renmark was set up within the Renmark Hotel in 1969.

Museum bedroom
Museum desk
Museum dining

The Nanya Bistro won the Best Country Bistro in 2008 and again in 2010. The name Nanya originates from the last surviving local Aboriginal tribe in this area. The original Nanya Bistro was opened on the 10th July, 1964.

There are colourful stories of Harry “Breaker” Morant riding his horse into the bar. Articles often appear in travel sections, listing the Renmark Hotel as one of the haunted locations in South Australia to visit.

During the history of the Renmark Hotel we have had the honour to have been visited by:

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith in the “Southern Cross” in 1932
Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, 13th September, 1946
Prince and Princess of Wales, 6th April, 1983
And Numerous Governors and Governor Generals
The recently renovated Sports Bar proudly displays photographs of local “Sports Heroes”

With the support of the Community and visitors to the district the Renmark Hotel continues to donate its facilities, time and money for the benefit of Renmark, Paringa, Lyrup and Cooltong residents.

The Renmark Hotel was Heritage listed in 1996.