Riverton is a small town of distinctive character in the heart of the Gilbert Valley on the Barrier Highway, 44 kms from Clare and 51 kms from Gawler. This charming town is situated on the Gilbert River in the centre of a fertile farming district with a population of around 730. The town is well worth the short drive off the main north road.
Riverton was settled in 1856 along the bullock track from Burra, copper mining town to Port Wakefield and Adelaide. The town was planned by James Masters, a wealthy pastoralist who had established the nearby town of Saddleworth. Riverton streets are named after importsnt people of the district and State.
Gilbert River is picturesque. There's a Recreation Park with electric barbecues, a picnic area and adventure playground.
Historic Walking Trail Riverton has preserved many significant buildings and a heritage walk is of interest. A brochure is available from the Riverton History and Information Centre or locally. The fine old railway station stands as a tribute to the enterprise and architecture of early days. It was the scene of the only political assassination in Australian history in 1921.
The Rattler Trail is a 19 kms cycle trail along the former railway line between Riverton and Auburn. Opened in 2010, it is an extension of the Riesling Trail.
Thomas Gilbert, after whom the district was named was a pioneer of South Australia. He was appointed Colonial Storekeeper by the South Australian Association formed by Robert Gouger and arrived in South Australia with the first settlers. He was in charge of the Colonial Storehouse at Adelaide, – food rations, hardware, and clothing. Gilbert also assumed the role of Postmaster.