Murray Meander – The Riverland

Up to the Riverland via Gawler (where we had a breakdown), Truro, and Blanchetown to Banrock Station winery for lunch and education about the revival of the wetlands being done by the winery. Then to Olive Wood, the Chaffey brother’s home in Renmark and to the Barmera Country Club for the night. After dinner Garth Gow, the Chairman of the Barmera National Trust spoke on the history of Barmera. On Sunday we went to the Cobdogla Irrigation Museum and National Trust Museum where Garth Gow explained the workings of the Humphrey Pump. Then to Napper’s Accommodation House on the north-west corner of Lake Bonney and the Overland Corner Hotel. On the way home we had lunch at the Commercial Hotel in Morgan and saw some of the old river port before crossing the river by ferry to travel home via Cadell, Swan Reach, Mannum and Murray Bridge. All local activities for this trip were arranged by the bus company and no timings or site visits were done first. Throughout the trip Brian Ward provided narrations.