Rides & Tours available at the 2018 AGM Event

The Riverland is well placed for many great ride destinations from the Event HQ at Barmera.  Riders can chose from two ‘all day’ rides or go on the shorter rides to local destinations and spend the day exploring the history of the Riverland at their own pace.  We also are providing an ‘Adventure Tour’ for off-road type bikes with accompanying 4WD backup and lead by an experienced Ride Leader.  So there are many options for discerning riders of all abilities.

All Day Rides

  1. A ride is planned to go to the National Motor Museum at Birdwood - a total distance of 400 km for the day.  The Museum is recognised as a premium collection of iconic cars and motorcycles from the amazing Standley Steamer, the very first Holden off the production line through to Tom Cruise’s Birdsville Track truck to some of the latest Ferraris and Lamborghinis.  Lunch at Maggi Beer’s will be an option for discerning foodies. This ride will pass through the Barossa Valley on its way to Birdwood and is for the more experienced rider and pillion not adverse to 400 km days.
  2. The second option for a full day ride (340 km) is to the internationally famous Barossa Valley, first settled in 1840, with its wineries and eateries all enclosed by a magnificent Valley with stunning scenery in every direction.  Places visited will include Seppeltsfield, Marananga and several of the larger Towns in the Valley.  Again, there will be an option to lunch at Maggies Pheasant Farm and eating establishment.  All longer rides will be fully escorted by experienced local Ride Leaders with quick access to breakdown facilities.  These longer rides will return to the Barmera HQ in good time to avoid any nocturnal wild life. 

Shorter Rides

The shorter rides are sure to be very popular and can be planned by picking up a ‘Ride Guide’ at Event HQ.

  1. The first a ‘History Ride’ covering 65 km and taking 3 hours. Do you know that up to 3,000 Japanese, German and Italian prisoners of war were interned at nearby Loveday? These facilities are still there for us to visit. A visit to the nearby Chocolate Factory is a must followed by a visit to the amazing Humphreys Pump at Cobdogla. This pump is capable of lifting many thousands of litres of water in a single stroke and is an engineering masterpiece from the mid 19th century.
  2. The second ride visits the historical areas of the Riverland and takes around 3 hours and covers 170 km. The rides covers the smaller Towns through many of the more challenging sealed back roads in the Region and follows the mighty Murray River, the centre point of the Riverland. Of course, the local Bakeries will be highlighted for your eating pleasure. Just follow the touring guide available from Event HQ.
  3. The third planned ride goes via the ferry system that was and still is the back bone of traversing the Murray throughout the years and many of these ferries still exist today although the main river ferry crossings have been replaced by modern bridges. The ‘Four Ferries Ride’ is just that – it crosses all four ferries that are still in use throughout the Riverland today and are vital connections to all towns. These ferries are manned 24 hours a day and are free to use. This ride will give the users a great look at the whole Riverland and visits Waikerie with its magnificent views of the Murray River.
  4. Ride number four goes to the Historic Loxton Pioneer Village and features many historic exhibits and buildings from the early settlement days of the Riverland area. The Town of Loxton is close by and offers several eating choices. The ride distance is an easy 70 km return.
  5. Ride number five visits Olivewood House and Museum, the original home of the Chaffey Brothers who established the Renmark Irrigation System in the mid to late 1800’s. A visit to Ruston’s Roses is also included with this ride where a welcome coffee break or lunch can be savoured.
  6. Ride number six visits the World Heritage listed Banrock Station some 15 Kms from the Event site. Banrock has a wine and wetland centre on high ground overlooking the vineyards and wetlands where there are self-guided walking trails. The Restaurant has panoramic views over the Murray basin and features local produce with wine tasting facilities. A great place to spend an afternoon and just a 30 km return trip from Event HQ. Meals are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  7. Ride seven is a ride /cruise to the Loch Luna Wetlands. A fascinating 3 hour cruise on the Murray wetlands and return is on offer with light refreshments served on the vessel. It is a photographer’s and nature lover’s delight. This tours departs at 9.30 am and takes 4 hours to complete. Total riding distance is 37 km.
  8. For those with appropriate adventure bikes and the experience of riding off road, we will be running a challenging dirt tour into the Chowilla Regional Reserve area to the north of Renmark. The ride will be led by a member experienced in traversing these tracks, ably backed up by a fully equipped 4WD vehicle containing snacks, water, medical gear and satellite phone facilities. Be prepared to wash your bike on return to civilisation!!

This ‘Rides and Tours’ information will be updated as needed until the 2018 AGM Event start on March 7th.

Organised Tours

We are planning to have bus rides to some local attractions targeting the ladies but gentlemen are most welcome as well:

Winery tours

Loxton Pioneer Village tours

Lavender Farm tours

Historic Chowilla Station tours

Paddle Steamer tours

Banrock Station Winery tours including their world renowned wetlands.

Wilkadene Brewery, Murtho via Paringa