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Population: 4,724 Waikerie is the first major Riverland town encountered travelling the Sturt Highway from Adelaide. The first impression you get is of immense scale - more than 5,000 hectares of fruit orchards and vineyards are under cultivation in what was once desert country. The citrus centre of Australia, Waikerie has the largest citrus packing house in the country and a thriving fruit juice company. On the north side of the river you find important fossil deposits, one of the few places in Australia where crystallised gypsum fossils exist in great number.