2018 Riverland AGM FAQs
Getting to the Riverland
The Riverland region is just 230kms north east of Adelaide in South Australia on the Sturt Highway and about 160kms by road from Mildura in Victoria. The Riverland Area is a large area and contains five main towns being Renmark, Berri, Loxton,
Barmera and Waikerie.
Road distances to Barmera AGM Event Site from major cities:
Location Distance (km’s) Transit Time (hrs)
Adelaide 230 3
Brisbane 1,826 21
Cairns 2,896 34
Hobart 988 --
Melbourne 708 8
Sydney 1,180 13
Perth 2,767 29
Darwin 3,101 36
Alice Springs 1,605 17
There is no commercial airport nearby. There's an emergency strip at Renmark used by the Flying Doctor. There's a regional airport at Mildura with daily flights from Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney with convenient connections from other major cities. A regular bus service runs from Mildura to Renmark.
Is there a railway station nearby?
The Campground is just 3 kilometres from Barmera at the Riverland Field Days Site on the main Sturt Highway from Barmera to Renmark. The Site is used for other major events and consists of 12.5 acres of mown grass ideally suited to comfortable camping. The site is fully secured by a cyclone fence. RV’s will be catered for and can be housed on-site. There is limited 240 V power available. The site has an array of permanent buildings including a large and small pavilion and some toilets blocks.
Additional toilet and shower trucks will be imported for the AGM Event. A large Circus style tent or marquee will be constructed to house the expected number of members attending. Rainwater is available for drinking purposes. All motorcycle manufacturers and traders will be housed on site in their own secured fully fenced and sealed area currently used as a Government operated motorcycle training precinct. The site will be fully self-contained with a mini supermarket and food outlets running 24/7.
Check out the site at www.riverlandfielddays.com.au
Getting around the Riverland
The very best way to get about in the Riverland is by motorcycle or car depending on how you travelled to the AGM Event as most places to see are within a 30km radius of the Event Site.
Taxis are available in each of the major Towns and bus companies will be contracted to take members around the tourist areas of the Riverland on demand.
Summer – High 32°C – Low 15°C
Winter – High 18°C – Low 6°C
May – High 20⁰C – Low 8⁰C
The Riverland has in excess of 2,700 beds available ranging from caravan parks to cabins to 5 star Motels and Hotels and B & B’s. Most accommodation is within a 30km radius of the AGM Check out www.destinationriverland.org.au/accommodation
Distance of Major Hotels/Motels/Caravan Parks from the AGM Event Site
|Barmera Holiday Park Lake Bonney||3||5|
|Barmera Lake Resort Motel||3||5|
|Barmera Hotel / Motel||5||10|
|Barmera Country Club||5||10|
|Cobdogla Station Caravan Park||8||9|
|Berri Resort Hotel||11||10|
|Berri Riverside Caravan Park||11||10|
|Kingston on Murray Caravan Park||15||15|
|Renmark Comfort Inn Motel||29||24|
|Renmark Hotel / Motel||29||24|
|Remark Motor Inn||29||24|
|Renmark Riverbend Caravan Park||31||26|
|Paringa Hotel / Motel||31||28|
|Loxton Hotel / Motel||31||28|
|Waikerie Hotel / Motel||50||30|
|Waikerie Kirrie Muir Motel||50||38|
Yes, Riverland Visitor Information staff are on hand to facilitate your booking today. Please see one of them at our stand at the Port Macquarie – Wauchope AGM Event in 2017 or contact Destination Riverland on (08) 8586 6704 or 1300 661 704. The Office is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
We recommend booking early to secure hard accommodation.
AGM Event General Information
The event registration form is in the 2017 Summer edition of Riding On.
Preferably, you can register on line: agm2018.ulyssesclub.org/registration/.
You must book your campsite using your registration form, in the 2017 Summer edition of Riding On. Preferably, register on line at: agm2018.ulyssesclub.org/registration/. All campsite bookings will be processed by the National Administration Office.
You can make a group booking.
Each member of the group must be registered to attend the AGM Event.
- The group's nominated leader must write a brief covering letter listing the group's preferred booking name, and including each person's name and booking details.
- DO NOT post your group booking request to the National Office.
- Please post group booking requests to:
Group Booking Cordinators
Rex and Jenny Meredith, PO Box 4, Glenbrook NSW 2773
or email: email@example.com
Contacts: 0450 903 937 (Jenny), 0414 395 458 (Rex) or 02 4739 3497 (home).
- To make the process easier for everyone, please attempt to have the group arrive at Check-in together.
Prices appear in the 2017 Summer edition of Riding On, and on the registration form at: agm2018.ulyssesclub.org/registration/
7 days camping is $120 for person one, and $80 for a second person (maximum of two to a campsite).
3 days camping is $95 for person one, and $80 for a second person.
The draft plan for the Riverland Event shows:
- About 1000 grassed non-powered sites (6x6m)
- Some mains powered grassed sites (medical condition folk only)
- Plus 100+ RV/Caravan sites (Sealed & gravel surface)
- Plus 100+ sites allocated for Tent City
- More space is available…
Check in times are 8am - 5pm Mon & Tue, 9am - 5pm Wed - Fri.
All arrivals must report to Reception at Gate 7 which will be clearly marked from the Sturt Highway. At Gate 7 you will find Check–In where you will get your ID card, lanyard and Welcome Pack. (Plenty of parking out front.)
Please make sure you have your registration receipts or your membership card, to allow for quick processing through the gate.
The Campground Team will then escort you to the campground spaces if you are camping in a tent or RV/Caravan.
Pre-ordered merchandise can be collected from the Traders Hall adjacent to the Gear Shop once you have checked in.
How would you class a car with a tent attached to the roof racks and towing a bike on a trailer? Would I have to pay RV camping rates?
Yes - If it is a rooftop camper, it would be classed as an RV and an RV site fee will be charged.
We plan to have a secure vehicle parking area on site, outside the camping area.
There will be facilities available to transport your gear from a car or trailer to your camp site upon arrival. All vehicles are free to enter and leave the secure parking area. RVs and caravans will have a separate camping area to motorcycles, but must remain in the camping area once set up. Cars are not allowed in any camping area other than cars equipped with rooftop campers (which are classed as RVs). Only motorcycles are allowed to enter and leave the camping area.
The use of on-site generators will be strictly controlled. They will only be allowed to operate between 9am and 8pm. Fuel to power these generators will have to be stored in a safe manner and we reserve the right for our OH&S personnel to inspect the fuel storage facilities.
A bottle shop will be open on-site daily from midday till late. All liquor will be sold at the same prices as at the Barmera Hotel bottle shop who are our preferred suppliers. This has been done to make it easier and safer for members and to avoid their having to carry bulky items on their motorcycles.
The Food Court will offer shaded seating for social gatherings, with a bar open from midday to late on all days. Prices once again have been kept to the bare minimum for our members' benefit.
We have over 100 RV sites, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis when you register. They are serviced by river water taps, some of which may be used for hose connections to RVs and caravans. This water is fit for showering but not for drinking. Mains power will not be available to all RV sites, so personal generator power will be necessary under normal circumstances. Solar powered units will be allowed.
There are no laundry facilities on site.
A pickup & delivery service by a local (Berri) laundry will be available from the Parcels & Laundry office (Event HQ).
Details for drop off and collection times will be in the Event booklet, on display at the Parcels & Laundry office, and here once known.
There is a small coin-operated laundrette at nearby Barmera. Others are situated at Berri, Renmark and Loxton.
There is good coverage at the Event site by Telstra and Optus, which will give Internet access on your phone. (Which you can probably use as a hotspot if you need to.)
There will be a free facility to recharge phones & laptops on site.
Internet access will not be provided at the event site.
However it should be accessible on Telstra and Optus (at least) phones at the Event site.
If you want to use a laptop on the net, there are at least three options for you:
- Use your smartphone as a WiFi hotspot. If you have a data allowance on your phone plan (but you can buy some if not), and your phone can act as a hotspot, this is your simplest and cheapest option.
- Buy a WiFi hotspot modem and data SIM from your phone carrier or elsewhere. These talk to the phone network and make WiFi available to nearby gadgets. The Telstra and Optus websites are pretty useless in finding these things, but a phone call or visit to your nearest phone provider shop should provide some options.
- Buy a modem dongle and data SIM from your phone provider. This plugs into the USB port of your laptop, and will need some software installed on the laptop (it comes with it). These are cheaper than a WiFi hotspot modem, but less convenient and flexible.
If you buy a modem or dongle from other than your phone carrier's shop (eg eBay), make sure it will work with your carrier. In general, the newer models work better.
Whichever of these methods you use, make sure it all works for you before you leave home.
Public access to the Event site will happen on the Thursday.
The Domestic Precinct (Camping Area) is 12.5 acres.
If the site is that big, will there be bus transport or something around the site?
No, all facilities within the area will be within easy walking distance over even
Dedicated shuttle services will be used for pick up and drop offs from all major Riverland towns and close by areas for the Wednesday and Saturday night dinners.
There will be a fee of $5 per person for each of these two nights to partially cover the costs of the buses. These fees will be payable as part of the overall registration fee.
Approximately 5km to Barmera, 29km to Renmark and 8km to Berri.
Approximately 5km but it is planned to have a temporary division of a local IGA Supermarket on site.
Owners of pets are discouraged from bringing them to AGM Event venues.
Registrants who choose to bring their pets must register them with the
Administration Office prior to the event and must agree in writing to abide by the Club’s policy and be responsible for compliance with the policy whilst attending the Event. Acceptance of any pet is at the discretion of the Event Host Committee and the National Administration Office Staff. All pets must be kept on a hand leash at all times whilst in the Event Venue/s. Owners must clean up after their pets. All animals, which represent a danger or potential hazard to other registrants or themselves are not permitted in the Event venue at any time. Pets must be exercised outside the Event Venue. The Camping site and surrounds must be kept clean of droppings at all times by the owner and the site must be cleaned up prior to departure from the site. Dispose of all droppings in the appropriate waste disposal. Pets are not to be left unattended at any time. Pets are not permitted inside the amenities facilities, Commercial Precinct, Community Precinct or Event Reception at any time. Only Guide Dogs will be permitted in food service areas. No continuous or persistent barking by the pet. Pet owners agree and accept to take full responsibility
for any personal injury or damage caused by or to their pet whilst within the Event Venue/s and agrees to pay for any claims of compensation in relation to the pet’s activities. Should a member be discovered to contravene or to not be observing the spirit of this policy they are to be asked to comply or leave the venue without claim for any refund/s. A fee will be charged for the registration of Pets.
Riverland Boarding Kennels at Barmera would like to extend an invitation to all members travelling with pets to Barmera in May.
We would like to offer 10% discount to Ulysses members who use our boarding facility. Give our office a call on 0885887048 and mention Ulysses.
"The reputation of this business is perfect, equally with the 5 star short term accommodation for canine and kitty lovers . Perfectly located on the highway for the pet owners that travel throughout the year, it offers convenience of delivery and collection and you will have peace of mind knowing that your family members are in the best care! Each family member will enjoy their Holiday! Safe and Secure for the wagging tail Pooch, there are over 60 yards with sheltered all weather protection, Hessian bag beds for snoozing and lazy days, ample water and feed bowls for the diner. Also Safe and Secure for the Pussy Lovers is the Cattery which provides safe and secure accommodation for almost 20 Cats. Executive suites have sunroom mesh balconies. The property is fully fenced.
We also do doggie daycare during our opening times: Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat 9am -12noon, Sun and Public Holidays Closed to the Public.
Outside of these hours can be arranged by appointment and a daily fee added.
Our fees are $19 per day per dog and $15 per day per cat. All food and bedding supplied. All we require is your pets be fully immunised and be bought in either on a lead or in a cat cage."
You will receive a volunteer form when registration is launched in Riding On and the website.
There are plenty of jobs you can help out with at the 2018 AGM Event ranging from marshalling to moving chairs & tables, putting up decorations, or working in the Gear Shop, helping to clear out buildings, marking out tent sites, the list goes on…
For information about Traders Stands including costs and availability, contact our Trader Coordinator Heather Knowles at firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a dedicated parcel service operating for members to send their camping equipment to the Event site.
Members may also send parcels to their home address on conclusion of the Event using Australia Post's COD service, or a local freight company at member's cost.
Parcels must comply with Australia Post specifications: maximum size 105x105x105 cm, maximum weight 22 kg.
For parcels that DO NOT comply with Australia Post specifications, make alternate freight delivery arrangements.
Collection arrangements for members' parcels will be posted here soon.
We expect to have one onsite ATM.
Barmera is just 5km away and has one ATM facility. There are more extensive ATM facilities at Berri. Also there are a lot of EFTPOS facilities available at local businesses that would have cash withdrawal facilities.
Yes you can get hitched at the AGM Event! Weddings and affirmations will be offered for those members interested, and will coincide with the Sunday morning church service.
There will also be a wedding on the Friday.
There will be prizes awarded in the following categories:
- Longest Distance Rider (Most Direct Route)
- Oldest Rider (200 km and over to AGM)
- Oldest Combination Bike and Rider (200 km and over to AGM)
- Longest distance Pillion (Most Direct Route)
- Longest Distance 250cc and under (Most Direct Route)
- President’s Choice - the Jack Lewin Award.
Register entries at Event HQ.
Rides & Tours and The Grand Parade
Self-guided rides are planned.
Led rides are planned.
See the Rides & Tours page for info.
Will there be organised tours for those tired of riding?
Yes, perhaps mostly for the ladies, but gentlemen are most welcome as well.
There will be op-shop bus runs. Pay on the day.
See the Event Program for details.
The Grand Parade finishes at Renmark, right on the riverfront. The venue for the finish of the Grand Parade is just 1200 metres from the Saturday afternoon AGM venue at the Chaffey Theatre. There are cafes & pubs in the CBD area.
See Rides and Tours / Grand Parade page for more info and a map of the AGM route.
If there is any Commemorative Merchandise left after all orders have been filled, it will be for sale in the Gear Shop area. Registrants need to be aware that there will be a cut-off date for Commemorative Merchandise orders and no further merchandise will be ordered when this is all sold.
There will be a range of Commemorative Merchandise available including specific men’s and ladies' shirts, caps and badges.
A snapshot of some Riverland attractions is best found via the Internet.
Destination Riverland has an excellent website found at:
It describes in detail the local touring opportunities, including Accommodation, Experiences, Tours, Getting there, Top Ten things to do, Food and Wine, Houseboats, Weather, Find a Mechanic and Riverland Special Events.
- Barmera – 55 Tonkin Street
- Renmark – 172 Fifteenth Street
- Loxton – Shop 3, 6 Edward Street
- Berri – 6 William Street
- Bonney Roadhouse – Sturt Highway
- Pitstop Express 24 hour - 69 Tonkin Ave
- BP - 7 Anderson Terrace
- Shell Roadhouse – 2 Anderson Terrace
- United Petroleum – 12905 Sturt Highway
- OTR Renmark – 292 Renmark Avenue
- Caltex – Renmark Avenue
- Morgas – Ral Ral Avenue West
- Liberty – 17 Renmark Avenue
- United – Old Sturt Highway
- Caltex – Old Sturt Highway
- Caltex – Bookpurnong Road
- BP - Bookpurnong Road
- Sutton Motors – 14 Ina Oliver Drive
- Cole Express – 1 Peake Terrace
- Riverland Auto Repairs – 1 Simes Road, Barmera
- Dos Auto – Bice Street Barmera
- Symo’s Autoknow – Barwell Tce Barmera
- Repco – 3 Sturt Highway, Glossop
- Supercheap Auto – Fifteenth Street, Renmark
- Burson Auto Parts – Vaughan Street, Renmark
- Riverland Auto & 4WD – 1 Lindsay Point Road, Paringa
- Repco – 27 Vaughan Tce, Berri
- Schill Auto Parts – 3 Ian Oliver Drive, Waikerie
- McKays Auto Centre – 9 Francis Street, Waikerie
- Riverland Tyre and Mag Centre – Tonkin Ave Barmera
- Auto Pro – 232 Renmark Avenue, Renmark
- Beaurepairs – Lot 31 Industry Road, Renmark
- Goodyear Tyres – 32 Bookpurnong Road, Loxton
- Tyre Plus – 1 Riverview Avenue, Berri
All towns within the Riverland area have Shopping Centres.
IGA - 18 Barwell Ave
Coles - Kay Ave
Woolworths - 14 Vaughan Tce
Supabarn/IGA - 11 Mortimer Rd
Foodland/IGA - 25 Ral Ral Ave
Woolworths - 1 Martha St
Foodland/IGA - 4 McCoy St
Woolworths - 1 White St
In the area are: Anglican, Assemblies of God, Baptist, Catholic, Churches of Christ, Lutheran,
Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist, Uniting Church and Jehovah’s Witness, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon).
On the Friday there will be a wedding. On the Sunday will be the usual church service.
Church Service – Sunday 13 May 2018
My co-worker Sharryn, and I are delighted to invite you all to the Church Service at the 2018 AGM Event. When we asked Pastor David Badger to deliver the service we had no idea how much he would embrace our invitation.
David is a ‘biker’ from way back. He rode, his wife rode, and his son has 13 motorbikes….yes that is not a typo. So I can safely say motorbikes are close to his heart
So why am I telling you this? Because David has researched the Ulysses story, the Lord Tennyson poem, and unpicked the meaning of Ulysses. His service will be ‘geared’ (can I use that pun!) to us and will be complemented by his choir of fifteen males, all wearing leather jackets, of course.
In summary, Pastor David has given us 110% to deliver the very best church service that he can. I know Sunday is the day we pull down the tents and pack the gear, but I implore one and all to come along to the service. David has given us the utmost……let’s give him a good turn out and support him….
(PS you can wear your leather jacket if you have one!)
Julie Hendrickx #047180
Ceremonies & Functions Coordinator – 2018 AGM Event
Sharryn Nunan # 38710
2IC, as above.
The Riverland is serviced by local branches of all major banks.
Bank SA - 32 Barwell Ave
ANZ - 20 Vaughan Tce
Bank SA - 14 Wilson St
Commonwealth - Wilson St
Peoples Choice CU - 30 Kay Ave
ANZ - 31 East Tce
Bank SA - 33 East Tce
St George Bank - 50 East Tce
Bank SA - 2 Ral Ral Ave
Bendigo Bank - 61 Eighteenth St
Commonwealth - 13 Ral Ral Ave
NAB - 165 Murray Ave
Westpac - 180 Murray Ave
ANZ - 5 McCoy St
Bank SA - 6 McCoy St
- Barmera Hospital – 24 Hawden Street, Barmera – ph: 08 8588 0400
- Loxton Hospital – Drabsch Street, Loxton – ph: 08 8584 8555
- Renmark Hospital – Ral Ral Avenue, Renmark – ph: 08 8580 4100
- Berri Hospital – Maddern Street, Berri – ph: 08 8580 2400
- Waikerie Hospital – Lawrie Terrace, Waikerie – ph: 08 8541 0555
The Riverland General Hospital at Berri is the principal hospital, especially for emergencies.
Pathological Services are available at the Berri Riverland General Hospital 6 days a week. Phone 08 8580 2400.
- Barmera Pharmacy – 20 Barwell Avenue, Barmera – ph: 08 8588 2363
- Waikerie Pharmacy – Shop 1/1 White Street, Waikerie – ph: 08 8541 4436
- Loxton Pharmacy – 6 East Terrace, Loxton – ph: 08 8584 7525
- Berri Pharmacy – 13 Vaughan Terrace, Berri – ph: 08 8582 3700
- Priceline Renmark – 10 Renmark Avenue, Renmark – ph: 08 8586 6331
- United Pharmacy Renmark – Renmark Avenue, Renmark – ph: 08 8586 4842
Barwell Avenue – ph: 08 8588 2289
Renmark / Paringa:
84 Murray Avenue, Renmark – ph: 1300 661 704
Riverview Drive – ph: 08 8583 5511
Bookpurnong Terrace – ph: 08 8584 8071
12911 Sturt Highway – ph: 08 8541 2332
- Barmera PO – 1 Barwell Avenue – ph: 08 8588 2699
- Berri PO – 1 Kay Avenue – ph: 13 13 18
- Loxton PO – 29 East Terrace – ph: 13 13 18
- Renmark PO – 24 Ral Ral Avenue – ph: 13 13 18
- Waikerie PO – 4 White Street – ph: 13 13 18
Riverland (roughly Blanchetown and east)
- Forbes Motorcycle and Outboard Repairs – Chowilla Street, Renmark
- Waynes Shed – Begarra Street, Renmark 0400 260 214 ***
- Loxton Motorcycle Centre – 10 Bookpurnong Terrace, Loxton
- Waikerie Honda – Sturt Highway, Waikerie
- Waikerie – Motorcycle & Marine (Yamaha dealer) - 43 Peake Tce, Waikerie 8541 3200 or 0429 952 947 ***
Barossa (west of Blanchetown to Williamstown and Eden Valley)
- Nuriootpa – M/cycle Parts & Gear 8562 4725 or 0409 428 412 ***
- Gawler – Mick's Motorcycles 8522 2618 or 0448 190 553 ***
Adelaide Hills (south of Williamstown and south of Eden Valley)
- Mt Pleasant – Spot On Motorcycles 8568 2266 ***
*** Indicates that they will retrieve dead bikes. All retrievals and any subsequent repair arrangements and costs are at the rider's expense.
An Adelaide motorcycle tyre changing Company will be at the Event for 3 days from Tuesday.
Tyres can be pre-ordered by ringing GC Motorcycles on 08 8344 7888.
They can also get tyres to the site via overnight courier as a backup.
As one of Australia’s major fruit production areas and as one of the entrances to Adelaide, the Riverland is heavily secured from fruit fly infestation from infected fruit, vegetables and plants entering the area. These products cannot be bought past the various Road Blocks. Heavy fines will apply. (The good news is that shaded eating areas are supplied as you approach these Road Blocks so that you can gorge yourselves before handing over any excess fruit.)
Road Blocks are manned day and night and can be found at Yamba just a few Kms North West of Paringa on the Renmark Road, at Pinnaroo on the Ouyen Road that goes onto to Loxton and at Ceduna on the Nullarbor Highway. The main road from Adelaide works on an honour system with bins supplied to jettison all fruit etc.
Please comply with all regulations and don’t attempt to hide contraband as it will always be found by our diligent Inspectors to your financial detriment!