South Australia Riverland a 6 Day Air / Coach Tour Departing 28 / 6 – 3 / 7 /2021
June 28, 2021 - July 3, 2021$2550
South Australia Riverland
A Fantastic 6 Day Air / Coach Tour
Departing 28 / 6 – 3 / 7 /2021
Lake Bonney Barmera , SA Riverland
The South Australian Riverland A 6 Day Air / Coach Tour 28 / 6 – 3 / 7 /2021
Day 1 (LD): To Barmera (Monday 28 June, 2021)
Our non-stop morning flight from Sydney will have us in Adelaide by late morning. Then it’s “all aboard the Riverland Express!” – we are off to the beautiful Riverland town of Barmera on South Australia’s Lake Bonney where, over a 4 night stay, we will meet some local characters and sample some local Riverland produce. Lunch today is at Waikerie at the Waikerie Hotel in the centre of town – a modern country pub with an open dining room and entertainment facilities. Waikerie means (in the local aboriginal language) Rain Moth. There is a small gallery here named the Rain Moth Gallery which is worth a look – and a short heritage walk to the Murray River is available from the gallery (walk or coach option). From here we continue to Barmera. One of the traditional aboriginal camping grounds, in the Riverland Region of South Australia, was Overland Corner – on the Murray River, just to the north of Lake Bonney. With the arrival of European settlement Overland Corner, located half way between Adelaide and Mildura, became a major stopover point for drovers taking stock from New South Wales to the Port of Adelaide. Our “camping ground” on this tour is a little more comfortable! The Comfort Inn & Suites Riverland (formerly the Barmera Country Club Motor Inn), adjacent to the Barmera Golf Club, has become a popular base for groups visiting this fascinating part of the lower Murray River. Spacious ground floor rooms – all with fairway views – an onsite restaurant, a recreation room exclusively available for visiting groups and a passionate management team make the Comfort Inn a popular choice. Over the next few days we will enjoy some excellent country hospitality, meet some local characters and sample some produce from the rich irrigated farm lands alongside the Murray River including stone fruit, citrus, grapes and vegetables. Our welcome dinner tonight will be hosted in the motel restaurant by the motel managers Devon & Angelique. (Meal Inclusions: Pub lunch/Dinner)
Comfort Inn & Suites riverland , Barmera (4 nights)
Day 2 (BLD): Let’s get on the water…
Barmera is situated on the shores of Lake Bonney. The lake has been the training ground for world champion water skiers and the venue for world water speed records (Sir Donald Campbell in the 1960s). Our first stop this morning is at before heading to Berri – another of the four major Riverland towns and just a short drive from Barmera.
A wide section of the Murray River near Berri
Some of the widest and most picturesque sections of the Murray River are found around Berri. We have arranged to join “Fay” – a fantastic, fully restored river boat, for a two hour river cruise on this wide section of the Murray River. There will be some entertainment on board, the bar will be open and a platter lunch will be served! This is the Murray River at its best! From Berri we head across to Renmark to visit Olivewood – a homestead and museum containing relics from 1887. Olivewood traces the story of the Chaffey Brothers who were instrumental in introducing irrigation to the area. Nearby is Angoves Winery, the largest privately owned winery in Australia. Established in 1886 and commencing operation in 1910, it is noted for a large variety of premium wines and brandy. Today, the fifth generation of the winemaking family carries on the business. We enjoy a talk and a taste before making our way back to Barmera. (Meal Inclusions: Breakfast dinner in the motel/platter lunch)
Day 3 (BLD) Historic Riverland (Wednesday30 June, 2021)
Just downstream from Barmera is the award winning Banrock Station near Kingston on Murray. Banrock Station lies at the junction of the Banrock Creek and the Murray River.
Here there is 12.5 kilometres of river frontage, adjacent to the Banrock Lagoon and wetlands. We will take a short walk followed by morning tea and a wine tasting. Then, travelling over the Napper Bridge (which crosses Chambers Creek – the link from the Murray River to Lake Bonney) we head to historic Overland Corner Hotel – near where the early drovers used to camp in the 1800s.
The hotel was built from sandstone cut from a nearby quarry and 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 visiting Flavours of the Riverland – home of Backyard Bread! The owners (Peter & Colleen) are delightful and, although they are closed to the public on Wednesdays, they are keen to provide a tour, tasting and afternoon tea for our group at their rustic venue, with its extensive range of local produce that showcases the diverse flavours of the Riverland. Dinner tonight is at the nearby Bella Lavender Farm. There will be time for a walk in the garden and to check out their range of products for sale such as homemade soap, shampoo lip balm and arthritis cream. Then a scrumptious home cooked meal will be served before we head back to Barmera. (Meal inclusions: Breakfast in the motel/Pub lunch/Dinner at Bella lavender)
Day 4 (BLD): Loxton & Renmark (Thursday 1 July, 2021)
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! The Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery is the Riverland’s only independent craft brewery – and, as its located on the banks of the Murray River, its known as a “Brew with a View!” Based in a 100 year old shearing shed this is a truly unique cellar door experience!
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 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. Our farewell dinner includes a free first drink and perhaps a little bit of “in house entertainment” – can anyone sing? (Meal Inclusions: Breakfast & dinner in the motel/Lunch at Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery)
Day 5 (BLD): To Mildura (Friday 2 July, 2021)
All good things come to an end they say and our Riverland Tour is no exception! We still have a full day of touring ahead of us as we make our way east along the Sturt Highway back to Renmark on our way to Mildura. We make a stop at the tiny village of Paringa (Paringa is from an Aboriginal word meaning “big bend in the river”). It’s here we have our morning stop at Lock 5. Navigating the Murray River wouldn’t be possible without the series of locks and weirs that were built back in the 1920s and 1930s. Fourteen locks are still in use today. Lock 5 here at Paringa – just downstream from Renmark – is a great example of one of these locks. On arrival into Mildura we make our way to the Mildura Wharf and board the PS Rothbury for a lunch cruise on the Murray River. Built in 1891, the Rothbury was one of the last “working” Paddle Steamers on the Murray River a great example of one of these locks. Our afternoon visit is to Woodsies Gem Shop, Australia’s largest gemstone cutting and jewellery manufacturing complex. It’s a fascinating place where we can see jewellery being manufactured and visit the extensive showroom.
Tonight we stay at the Mildura Grand Hotel in the heart of the city and within a short walk to the river foreshore and the main shopping centre. (Meal Inclusions: Breakfast & dinner in the motel/Lunch cruise)
Quality Hotel Mildura Grand (1 night)
Day 6 (B): Home to Sydney (Saturday 3 July, 2021)
After breakfast we transfer to Mildura Airport for our flight back to Sydney. Our local coach will transfer us home to complete a sensational 6 day tour to South Australia. (Meal inclusions: Breakfast in the motel)
- 4 nights “stayput” at Barmera/1 night Mildura
- Happy Hour each afternoon in Barmera
- Lunch Cruise on the Murray River from Berri
- Olivewood & Angoves Winery
- Banrock Station & The Historic Overland Corner Hotel
- Loxton Historic Village
- Wilkadene Brewery Woolshed
- Airfare with Qantas
- Luxury Coach Travel
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.
- June 28, 2021
- July 3, 2021