2019 – 5 Days: Barmera and South Australia’s Riverland
4 nights “stayput” at the Barmera Country Club Motor Inn
Happy Hour each afternoon in the Barmera Country Club Motor Inn
Cruise on the Murray River
Banrock Station & The Historic Overland Corner Hotel
Loxton Historic Village
Wilkadene Brewery Woolshed
Day 1 (D): Arrive Barmera (Monday)
Welcome to the South Australian Riverland town of Barmera – located half way between Mildura and Adelaide on Lake Bonney. Our accommodation for the next 4 nights is at the Barmera Country Club Motor Inn. The complex is surrounded by the Barmera Golf Club with every room enjoying a view over the course. It is a very quiet location well away from the town centre and the Highway. All the rooms are at ground floor level with walk in showers. Dinner will be provided at the motel restaurant each night during our stay and happy hour will be offered each night from 5pm. (Breakfast & dinner in the motel/Lunch own arrangements & cost)
Barmera Country Club Motor Inn 08 85882888 (4 nights)
Day 2 (BLD): Exploring the Riverland (Tuesday)
Barmera is a popular holiday resort town situated on the shores of Lake Bonney. Sir Donald Campbell attempted to break the Australian water speed record here on Lake Bonney in the 1960’s.We call at the Country Music Hall of Fame before the short drive to Berri - another of the four major Riverland towns. Here we join “Fay” - a fantastic, fully restored river boat, for a two hour river cruise on this wide section of the Murray River. The bar will be open on board and a platter lunch will be served - this is the Murray River at its best! Later this afternoon we visit to Bella Lavender Estate.
We have arranged afternoon tea with time to take a walk in the garden and check out their range of products for sale such as homemade soap, shampoo lip balm and arthritis cream. After an interesting day we return to the Barmera Country Club Motor Inn. Happy Hour in the restaurant is from 5pm. Tonight we have arranged for our local entertainer to join us after dinner for a great night – from Phantom of the Opera to Buddy Holly and all things in between. Mick Kelly is a local “gem” who is sure to have everyone up on their feet! (Breakfast & dinner /Lunch cruise on the “Fay”)
Day 3 (BLD) The Historic Riverland (Wednesday)
Today we have planned a visit to the award winning Banrock Station near Kingston on Murray. Banrock Station lies at the junction of the Banrock Creek and the Murray River. The property was purchased by BRL Hardy in 1994. The 1650 hectare property has just 250 hectares devoted to premium grape varieties such as Semillon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The remaining land, including 12.5 kilometres of river frontage, adjacent to the Banrock Lagoon and wetlands, is being returned to its native state. We have arranged morning tea here overlooking the wetlands. Our drive from Banrock takes us over the Napper Bridge which crosses Chambers Creek (the link from the Murray River to Lake Bonney) and onto the historic Overland Corner Hotel - a popular rest spot last century for drovers moving stock between NSW and South Australia. The hotel was built from sandstone cut from a nearby quarry.
In the 1870's it was not unusual for as many as 30,000 sheep and several mobs of cattle to be camped here overnight. We enjoy lunch here before the drive back to Barmera via Monash. (Breakfast & dinner in the motel/Lunch at the Overland Corner Hotel)
Day 4 (BD): Loxton & Renmark (Thursday)
One of the other major Riverland towns is Loxton - and that is where we are heading this morning. Loxton on the Murray, was first settled by people of (predominantly) German origin, who were escaping religious persecution. This proud German heritage is still evident today. Much of the town’s fascinating history is on display at the Loxton Historical Village. The town was not settled until Cobdogla Station was established in the 1850’s. A William Loxton was a stockman on the Station who lived, with his wife Mary, in a slab hut on the riverbank.
A replica of this hut was built in 1970 on its original site - the beginnings of the Loxton Historical Village. Lunch today is at a local riverside brewery called Wilkadene – it will be a lot of fun! Our afternoon stop is at Renmark where we will park at the Renmark Paringa Visitors Centre and visit Paddle Steamer Industry, which is moored here. Commissioned in 1911, the Industry once worked for South Australian Water, keeping the Murray River open to traffic. Following a hectic work life the steamer was retired in 1969. There is a delightful short “river bank walk” to the Renmark Club. We then return to Barmera for our final night in the Riverland. (Breakfast & dinner in the motel/Lunch at Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery)
Day 5 (B): Heading Home (Friday)
After breakfast this morning we farewell our hosts and prepare for the trip home. (Breakfast in the motel/Lunch own arrangements & cost)
From $1120 per person sharing a twin or double room (same price as 2018!)
Add $260 for a guaranteed single room
Tour Price includes accommodation as per the itinerary, meals as indicated (B= Cooked breakfast, L= Light or packed lunch, D = Buffet or limited choice dinner), deluxe touring coach with seatbelts, attractions/entries as noted.
The tour price (from $1120 per person sharing a twin/double room) is dependent on a minimum of 30 paying customers (Departure dates subject to availability). Should the number of bookings not reach the minimum of 30 the following rates apply –
Minimum 25 people - from $1175 per person
Minimum 20 people - from $1260 per person
Personal Travel Insurance is strongly recommended.
Terms and Conditions
To arrange a tour for your club simply call Cesare Cataldo at Australian Road Journeys on 0477 640 527 with your preferred date of travel – he will do the rest! When everything is confirmed he will provide 50 colour “flyers” for distribution to interested club members. Simply collect a $100.00 fully refundable deposit from each person who wishes to travel. The final balance is due six weeks before departure. No cancellation fees apply prior to the final payment date. A cancellation fee of $200.00 per person applies if cancelled after final payment has been made – no refund if cancelled within 7 days.
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions, e.g. churches, wineries etc. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures, inclement weather etc.