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Barmera boasts a Hotel with a bottle shop and is the ideal place for an evening meal. There is a local bakery that sells a great array of freshly baked bread, pies, pasties and all things sweet. The local Foodland has all your grocery needs and the two local Butchers can provide you with a great steak or chop for the bbq. There is also a newsagency, chemist, local doctors and a regional hospital only 15 minutes away in Berri. B & B Fashions & Fabrics are a great place to visit if you forget to bring a jumper or cardigan or just want to shop for a bargain. There are several coffee shops, a jeweller, baby fashions and more. Barmera also has an active sports life with football, netball, basketball, cricket, bowls, sailing and golf to mention but a few. A great place to visit and pick up some local tourist information is the Visitor’s Information Centre (VIC) which is at the top of Barmera’s main street, Barwell Avenue. Just down from the VIC is the Public Library if you have a need to pick up some light reading.
The Riverland region is well known as part of the ‘food bowl’ of SA and locally grown produce is available at road stalls such as the well-known Aggies fruit stall just outside of Glossop on the right-hand side as you travel through to Berri. The region grows premium white and red wine grapes, citrus, apples, pecans, olives, almonds, cumquats, figs, pomegranates and so the list goes on. If you like to fish it is worth trying your hand on one of the great river fronts and the Murray Cod may just be biting!
Wineries are often a must stop for many tourists and the Riverland is home to several wineries including Whistling Kite belonging to Tony & Pam Barich who use biodynamic farming practices to nurture their wines that have a unique flavour, each creating their own drinking experience, expressing the variety's character and reflecting the unique terroir of the vineyard. www.whistlingkite.com.au
Jenny Semmler & her husband have established 919 Wines at Glossop specialising in producing high quality wines from non-traditional varieties, such as Petit Manseng, Durif, Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional and are certified organic. www.919wines.com.au
Backyard Bread in Barmera is the place to go for the popular handmade bread bites through to a delicious range of gourmet spreads with a range of flavours that proudly exhibit the region's pristine, fresh produce.
Loveday which is only a stone’s throw from Barmera is home to the Loveday 4x4 Adventure Park and many people travel from all over the country to visit this adventure park.
Check it out at http://www.loveday4x4adventures.com.
The Murray Man Competition which is a triathlon festival is held on the banks of the beautiful Lake Bonney each year in November and details are available at:
The Berri riverfront hosts the Riverland Wine & Food Festival each year in October and is an opportunity to sample many of the local wines whilst being entertained by local talent. Details on this and other Riverland wine and food experiences can be found at http://www.southaustralia.com/places-to-go/riverland
The Riverland holds an annual Field Days Event which draws thousands of visitors to its expansive site on the new Sturt Highway between Barmera and Renmark. Showcasing local produce, businesses and services the Fields Days runs over two days and is a great way to see what makes business in the Riverland tick. The Field Days are held in September each year and details are available at http://www.riverlandfielddays.com.au.
For all things Riverland, a useful website to visit is Destination Riverland http://www.destinationriverland.org.au/ who work hard to keep abreast of what is happening in the Riverland and what is available for holidaymakers and tourists alike.
Berri is a short 15-minute drive from Barmera and has it’s main shopping Centre on Kay Avenue with other boutique shops in the town centre. Target, Aldi, the Reject Shop, Spendless Shoes, Millers, Cheap as Chips, Target, Coles & Woolworths are all located in Berri as are the main government offices such as Centrelink, Medicare, Motor Registration and others. Berri has the popular Martin’s Bend riverfront area and is home to the Berri Ski Club.
Renmark is a 25-minute drive from Barmera and has its main shopping Centre on the way in on the left hand side as well as boutique shopping in the town centre. In Renmark you will find Big W, Woolworths, Rockmans, the Reject Shop, Optus, Telstra, Maccas, KFC and Subway. Renmark is home to two of the most popular eateries in the Riverland being the Renmark Hotel and the Renmark Club but bookings are advisable.
A boat trip on the PS Industry from Renmark is highly recommended and bookings can be made by calling the Renmark Visitor Information Centre. The P.S. Industry was built in Goolwa and commissioned in January 1911 as a workboat for the SA Engineering & Water Supply Department. During her work life, the vessel played a major role in keeping the river open for traffic by removing snags and later in the construction of locks and weirs. During the 1956 flood the PS Industry ‘stood by’ with steam up for several days ready for any emergency during those critical days of the flood
when a total evacuation of Renmark appeared imminent.
In 1968, the P.S. Industry was decommisioned following 60 years of service.
The PS Industry is open for inspection Monday – Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm; Saturday 9.00am – 3.30pm; Sunday & Public Holidays 10.00am – 3.30pm. Steaming days are held on the first Sunday of each month, Long Weekends and selected days throughout the year. PS Industry Charters by arrangement.