Many visitors to Barmera in the Riverland go there for the freshwater Lake Bonney which covers an area of around 1700 hectares. People are drawn there as you’d expect for water sports, and boating but also for one unique feature…the dead trees.
Anyone living in South Australia in the 1950s and onwards will probably be aware of stories of the remarkable aboriginal man, Jimmy James and his incredible work as a tracker. Over a period of more than 30 years, his amazing abilities to read the bush helped in the capture of 40 criminals and the rescue of 10 people lost in the bush. In a fitting tribute you can now visit a memorial known as ‘A special Place for Jimmy James’, on the banks of the Murray River at Berri and learn more about this remarkable man.
Berri is most notable for being a citrus growing region in South Australia with the Murray River that it sits on, playing a major role in the success of the town. There are 3000 hectares of orchards around the town and it was where the Berri fruit juice company originated.
Just a few kilometres out of Berri in the Riverland area of South Australia, is a spacious free camp near the Murray River where you can set up for a few days and explore the region. The camp ground is maintained by the council and for $5 per night you have access to a patch of ground (pull up anywhere you like), a toilet block, bins and a dump point. There is an honour box near a caretaker’s house where you fill in your details, number of nights staying (up to 21 maximum), put the money in an envelope and into the secure box which is collected by council staff daily.
When you’re visiting the Renmark / Paringa area in South Australia and on your way to or from the Woolshed Brewery, take a detour to Murtho Forest Lookout, also known as Headings Cliff Lookout, after a 4th generation farming family in the area. This is just out of the town of Paringa which is on the road to Renmark, a short 5 kilometres away.