Barmera, South Australia

Barmera is located 2.5 hours north east of Adelaide and 2 hours from Mildura. Enjoying a Mediterranean style climate, the area receives more sunshine than Queensland.

The centre of the Riverland region, Barmera is a thriving town overlooking South Australia's favouite aquatic playground, beautiful Lake Bonney.

Barmera Attractions

  • Barmera Golf Course: a fabulous par 72 course of 6110 metres set amongst undulating greens. There are 5 courses situated within a 45 minute drive, making Barmera the ideal base for a golfing holiday.
  • Rocky's Hall of Fame Pioneer Museum: For the country music lover, a visit here to view the memorabilia is a must.
  • SA's largest country music festival is also held in Barmera during June.
  • Blue Bird Cafe: now a cafe but previously the boat shed for Sir Donald Campbell's Bluebird.
  • Backyard Bread
  • Barmera Main Street Markets (held monthly Feb - June and Oct - December)

Nearby Attractions

  • Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum
  • Overland Corner Hotel
  • Nappers Ruins
  • Various wineries including Banrock Station, Basshams, 919 Wines, Berri Estates,Kingston Estate
  • Bella Lavender Estate
  • Loxton Historical Village
  • Monash Playground
  • Loch Luna Cruises
  • Rustons Rose Garden
  • Illalangi Fine Foods and Wine


  • Riverland Food and Wine Festival
  • Renmark Rose Festival
  • Barmera Sheep dog trials
  • Barmera Murray Man Triathlon
  • Riverland Field days

Sample Barmera Itinerary

Enjoy the waters of Lake Bonney

Lake Bonney is a fresh water lake that is fed by the River Murray via Chambers Creek. Ideal for all watersports including sailing, kayaking, skiing, wind surfing, swimming, boating and fishing. The foreshore also has a new boat ramp, jetty, bbq facilities, shelters and fantastic play ground areas. You can even partake in guided canoe trips in the vicinity (including beautiful sunset tours ) with Canoe Adventures

Visit Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre

Sip a wine while relaxing on the deck and enjoy a sumptious platter. Take a scenic walk, discover the wetlands and bird hides and taste the new wine varieties. For the freshest fruit and vegetables around, stop at one of the local stalls that are located throughout the region.

Cobdogla Steam Museum

Visit the Cobdogla Steam Museum and if you are lucky, the steam train may even take you for a ride!

Historic Overland Corner Hotel

Enjoy lunch at the Historic Overland Corner Hotel, a casual 15 minute drive away. Dine outdoors under the shady trees and then explore the National Trust building. Open for lunch: Tuesday - Sunday from 12.00pm and for Dinner: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 6 - 8pm.

Miriam Griffen

Miriam's News 

October 2017: 

Welcome, and thank you for visiting our website. We hope you enjoy having a look around.

After an unusually cold winter, we are excited that it is now spring time...with warmer weather, mild days and cool evenings that are perfect for relaxing under the twinkling stars....

The backwaters are brimming with life and there are so many birds around - it is such a joy to see. We can even hire you a double kayak so you can explore, discover and get to places you can't by foot! You will be amazed at the wetland birds you will encounter, and be dwarfed by the giant redgums standing like sentinels in the river (of course we also provide life vests for your safety.The river is a wonderful playground but you must always treat it with respect and take care at all times)

We give you plenty of tips and instruction on how to handle your houseboat during your show out lesson, and our instructors love pointing out their favourite mooring spots. You may even get told where the fish have been biting too!

If you need a relaxing break where you can reconnect with family and friends and experience a special part of South Australia's Riverland please get in touch - we'd love to welcome you on board one of our houseboats!

Cheers, Miriam

PS...We were absolutely delighted to be named the WINNER of Unique Accommodation at the 2016 South Australian Tourism Awards and have just received the news we are a FINALIST for this years awards which will be announced on November 10th at a Gala Event at the Convention Centre. Fingers crossed for another exciting result!  #SATA2017