The Waikerie Pioneer Museum is located in the Doris Odgers Reserve, 5km west of Waikerie on the Virgo Road. Both the reserve and the museum are managed by the Waikerie branch of the National Trust of SA.
The reserve is predominantly native pine and eucalyptus trees and overlooks the Murray Valley. The museum is situated amongst the trees and celebrates the early pioneers of the district, who arrived by paddle steamer in 1894 to establish the town of Waikerie, the first of the large irrigated areas into the Riverland, and later to be described as the ‘Citrus Centre of Australia’.
The museum consists of three display sheds, a blacksmiths shop, fruit drying racks and outdoor exhibits of old farming items many of which line the walking trail which wends its way through the trees, with a magnificent view west towards the river.
The Branch hosts open days and special events and is also open to individuals, tour groups, community and common interest groups by appointment.
The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm at the museum.