Home' The Murray Pioneer : March 21st 2017 Contents 2 - BERRI TOWN SUPPLEMENT
KNOWN for its roadside stalls selling
fresh citrus and stone fruit, Berri is
one of the commercial hubs of the
Riverland, with extensive shopping
outlets and a beautiful, green river
front, complete with alfresco dining
Well-known fresh produce stalls
are located on the outskirts of town, or
you can purchase local goods from the
Berri Visitor Information Centre.
Alternatively, pick up your fresh
produce requirements from the
Riverland Farmers’ Market, held each
Visitors are encouraged to view the
mural under Berri’s bridge that depicts
the Aboriginal heritage of the area
and visit the installation that stands in
tribute to Australia’s famous Aboriginal
tracker, Jimmy James.
Another popular activity is the
4km river front walk from Berri to the
popular recreational and camping
reserve at Martin Bend, or climb the
water tower lookout for a different view
of the river and town.
Discover the creeks and backwaters
on canoes with guided tours and
expeditions, or take in Berri from a
different angle, meandering among the
creeks and backwaters on an air boat
Source: Destination Riverland
THE Berri township takes its name from the local
Aboriginal tribe’s term ‘bery bery’ meaning ‘bend
in the river’.
Up until the 1870s the area was part of the
Cobdogla sheep station and the home of the
Erawirunga tribe of Aboriginals.
Berri is surrounded by 3000 hectares of
irrigated vineyards and orchards and hosts some
of the largest wine production facilities in the
country. Wine production at the Berri Estates
Winery has been a fundamental part of Berri’s
existence since 1918, making it one of Australia’s
Berri’s wine history has recently developed to
include innovative boutique wineries and wine
producers, specialising in high quality, small
batch and alternative variety wines.
THE opening of a $7 million sports stadium in Berri
in 2017 will follow a big year of expansion for the
Funding for the Riverland Regional Innovation
and Sports Precinct was approved in December
2015 after more than 30 years of failed attempts.
Work to prepare the area for the stadium began
in late 2016 and is expected to be completed by
July this year.
Throughout 2016 expansion of the town
included the opening of the Bunnings and ALDI
Berri Barmera Council chief executive officer
David Beaton said the development of Accolade
Wines’ new bottling plant will create more jobs for
“Hopefully that would continue the expansion
(in the district),” Mr Beaton said.
Throughout 2017 council will also explore the
opportunity for solar energy production in the
Earlier this year the Berri Hotel Group
purchased 19 allotments of Berri’s river front
development and is set to build longer-term
The remaining six allotments are to be sold by
A commercial hub, with plenty of extras
in Berri in 2017
SATURDAYS Riverland Farmers’ Market
Berri Easter Carnival
Australian Grass Court
Junior Tennis Championships
Relay for Life
Riverland Wine and
DECEMBER Berri Merri Christmas
A town rich with history
with the Riverfront Walk
Berri’s expansion continues in 20 1 7
in time in Berri
1. A special place for Jimmy James
Jimmy James (1910-1991) the second, was
a famous black tracker belonging to the
Pitjantjatjara people. He moved to the Riverland
in the 1940s and became a legend in his own
lifetime when he assisted police forces to
track felons, escapees and missing people. He
is buried at Gerard, the Aboriginal settlement
near Winkie. The monument is sculptured out
of two large slabs of black granite which are
finely polished and engraved with image of birds
and animals – a part of Jimmy’s spirit world. A
Special Place for Jimmy James is a tribute to his
service to save lives and assist police.
2. Berri ferry landing
Visit the historic Berri ferry landing that served
as the major river crossing between settlements
between Loxton and Berri. The ferry began in
1926 after the Berri District Council agreed to
purchase a punt from C.A . Muller and move
up river, closer to the Berri township. The ferry
operated over many years with passengers,
vehicles, machinery, goods and livestock up until
the Berri bridge was constructed in 1997.
3. Berri Visitor Information Centre
The staff at Berri Visitor Information Centre will
share all of the local sights and experiences
while visitors browse locally made produce and
4. Captain Charles Sturt and River
Visit the monument erected in 1936 to mark the
spot Captain Charles Sturt passed in 1830, kick-
starting the river boat trail throughout the region.
The interpretive trail tells the stories of the people
and boats that made the Murray River a busy
inland highway during the late 19th century and
early 20th century.
5. Post World War II Veterans Memorial
The memorial was erected by the Riverland
Vietnam Veterans Association with the support
of the Riverland community in honour of locals
who served post World War II.
6. Berri Bridge mural
This mural depicts the Aboriginal heritage of
the area, on a large slab of jarrah bolted to the
underpass of the bridge with a circle of totem
poles. The story of the mural is based on the
Ngurunderi Dreaming story of the origins of the
Other historical sites
Berri scenic lookout/historical water tower
The Berri lookout tower was formed by
converting an unused town water tower into a
lookout. Climb up the 15.8 metre tower to see
stunning views of the Berri township and the
Murray River. Located on Vaughan Terrace.
Gate of Honour
The Gate of Honour is the arched entrance to
the Berri sporting oval, comprising two concrete
and block pillars with two wrought-iron gates
between the pillars. A bronze plaque is affixed to
the face of each pillar. Located on Wade Street.
Source: Berri Visitor Information Centre
STADIUM: An artist’s interpretation
of what Berri’s new $7 million
sports stadium could look like.
Berri is a central Riverland town with vibrant commercial and tourism sectors.
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