Berri Country, Home of the Orange
Trip Start May 10, 2009
19Trip End Jun 30, 2009
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Top Tourist Berri Caravan Park
On our second day in Berri we set off towards Renmark driving through the citrus orchards, olive groves and vineyards, past a sign to Puddletown via Bottom Road and then through one little rural town after another. Along the side of the road the olive trees were shining silvery in the lovely sunshine. First stop was Banrock Station where we went on the hour long environmental walk through the Mallee trees and wetlands which had been left bone dry by the recent drought. It seemed strange to see so many big shells lying around in the dry sand.
Before arriving at Renmark we stopped in the park at Lake Bonnie to have our picnic lunch which included some of the the yummy grapes from the area. We enjoyed our walk around Renmark, the busy town along the Murray River with its magnificent well preserved old hotel from yesteryear which is a good landmark. Another first for us was the car wash there with a dog wash and laundry all on the same garage premises! On our way back to Berri we stopped to take a photo of the "Big Orange" to add to our collection of the “Big Galah” and “Big Rocking Horse”. The next morning, was again a glorious sunny day and our drive down to Lock 4 was rewarded by watching a private paddle houseboat "Jumbuk" being in the lock for the 8 minutes until the water level rose high enough for the couple and their dog to resume their journey. They told us they expected to be on the river for about 3 months just taking their time and enjoying the cruise up and then back down the river passing through the many locks. Before rejoining the main road, we stopped at an attractive old stone Lutheran church with its majestic tower, many of which can be seen throughout this state. These were built by the hardworking and godly Lutheran families who were the pioneers in many South Australian regions.