The C and D Berri camp was attended by 80 walkers. Accomodation was at the Berri Riverside Holiday Park situated on the picturesque banks of the Murray River. It provided excellent facilities including a sheltered area for our end-of-day meeting, happy hour, and 2 pizza nights where some took the opportunity to dine al fresco. A swimming pool was also available if one cared to share with the ducks.
The camp schedule included 5 walk days and one rest day. The weather was ideal; mild days, cold nights, minimal rain. The walks took in a variety of landscapes within the extensive Murray River National Park. We walked along the base and the top of spectacular weathered golden coloured cliffs that edged the river. We tracked through mallee forests, across open plains and wetlands, and along the banks of the meandering Murray river and expansive Lake Bonney. Wilabalangaloo, a National Trust reserve, provided an overall experience of geological features and flora of the Murray River, and kept us entertained attempting to remember the name.
The Riverland area offered a variety of options for the rest day with no shortage of bakeries, restaurants, museums, wineries, distilleries, breweries, retail shops, op shops and more walks. Banrock Station was a popular destination for morning tea or lunch, and a walk along the wetlands. Reports came back, the food was “excellent,” “to die for.” Many walkers took the opportunity at the end of the day to go on the sunset boat dinner cruise along the Murray River offered by the caravan park and was reported to be an excellent experience.
The final night camp dinner was at the Berri Hotel. Very good service and food, ending another well organized and enjoyed Retire Active camp. Many thanks to all those who helped make it happen.