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Berri, South Australia accommodation, attractions & info
Discover the beauty of the Riverland
Berri features a gorgeous riverfront with plenty of area for picnics or playing sport and also includes floating wharf platforms, lookouts and historic monuments. The town is situated on the banks of the Murray River right in the heart of the Riverland and is a good base for visiting other Riverland towns within a short trip of Berri.
Berri was originally part of Cobdogla Station and a mooring place for paddle steamers. The town of Berri takes its name from the Aboriginal word 'bery bery' meaning 'bend in the river' and was proclaimed in 1911.
Today, Berri boasts its one the finest towns in South Australia with a population of about 7,500. It is 240 kms from Adelaide by road and 525 kms by river from the lake entrance below Wellington.
Berri is surrounded by over 3000 hectares of irrigated orchards and has become notable as a fruit processing town.
For something tantalising you can't miss the award-winning Mallee Fowl Restaurant, the Berri Resort Hotel's bistro offering pub classics along with popular Asian and Italian dishes. You can also enjoy our local Indian restaurant, the Goldern Elephant or maybe Chinese is more your flavour, try Hokkein. There is also a wide range of shops within the town centre and nearby Riverland Central Plaza if you get the urge for a bit of retail therapy!
There is a Tourist Information Centre, a Hotel/Motel, swimming facilities, and excellent sporting facilities catering for such sports as golf, cricket and hockey among others.
There are many things to do in the Berri area including excellent fishing, Lock 4, Lookout Tower, Martin Bend, Berri Estates and Cellar Door (the largest winery in Australia) and Bella Lavender Estate, Lavender Farm. You can also experience the local and award winning 919 Wines.
This popular riverside town and its surrounds host a number of big attractions worth visiting.
Things to do and see in Berri
Berri Visitor Information Centre
Located right on the riverfront along Riverview Drive, the Berri Visitor Information Centre has everything you need to make your holiday absolutely perfect.
The staff will let you in on all the secrets of the area and a wide range of travel brochures and maps will help you plan a great stay! You'll also find a huge variety of locally made souvenirs and gifts so you can show all your friends back home what a truly beautiful place you've visited.
The Visitor Information Centre is operated by the Berri Barmera Council and is open from Weekdays 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 9am to 2pm, Sundays/Public Holidays 10am to 2pm.
In the Riverland we have some of the best wetlands, creeks and backwaters you’ll find anywhere along the Murray River. Waterways cover hundreds of kilometers, several national parks and reserves, and many places only accessible by canoe. You can really experience the river with canoe hire, take a tour or overnight camping. Basic canoe skills training is always available at no extra cost – just ask. No previous experience is necessary. Contact Canoe Adventures for a wonderful experience.
Arts, Wine and Produce
Try out Berri Estate and cellar door, the largest winery and distillery in Australia. Award winning boutique winery 919 Wines is located on the outskirts of Berri. Visit the River Lands Gallery and Gilbert Street Gallery to view quality exhibitions.
The Riverland Farmers Market is a great way to meet the producers and to seek out some of the more diverse and seasonal offerings plus traditionally prepared foods. Every Saturday from 7am - 11.30am.
There's a wide choice of dining in and around Berri. The multi-award-winning Mallee Fowl Restaurant is a rare experience: good food served inside an old shearing shed filled with an eclectic array of memorabilia and Australiana.
The Berri Resort Hotel has a bistro offering pub classics, along with lunchtime cafe over the Murray River. You can also enjoy our local Indian restaurant, the Goldern Elephant or maybe Chinese is more your flavour, try Hokkein. For a local experience definately visit Sprouts Cafe on Wilson Street opposite the River Lands Gallery.
Water Tower Lookout
Climb the water tower lookout in Berri for a different view of the river.
Inspect the mural under the bridge that depicts the Indigenous heritage of the area and visit the public artwork that stands in tribute to Australia's famous Aboriginal tracker, Jimmy James II. Walk the meandering two-kilometre riverfront walk from Berri to the popular recreational and camping reserve at Martin Bend, where you can sit back and relax.
Accommodation in the Berri area includes a country club, motels, hotel, houseboats, bed & breakfasts, a riverside caravan park and a backpacker hostel. Alternatively, pitch a tent or go canoeing at any of the numerous locations along the river, including the Murray River National Park - Katarapko.
The Berri Bridge opening
Thursday, October 03, 2002
The Berri Bridge was opened in July 1997 by the Premier John Olsen. It is the largest of its type in South Australia. Over 13,000 people attended the opening creating the biggest crowd ever brought together in the town. The bridge cost $17 million dollars after 30 years of lobbying. The bridge spans the Murray River between Berri and Loxton. Travelling from one side of the region to the other can now be done in less than 30 minutes. This replaces the old dual ferry system which transported vehicles from one side of the river to the other.
Riverview Drive, Berri SA 5343
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