Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone in the Riverland (FFEZ)

Within South Australia, travellers and Riverland residents are reminded that it is illegal to carry fresh fruit and vegetables which could be potential fruit fly host, into the Riverland region without the proper documentation or certificate.

Mobile quarantine roadblocks operate on country roads in South Australia. Motorists travelling to the Riverland from within South Australia may be stopped at a random quarantine roadblock and vehicles checked for fruit and vegetables.

Prominent road signs give warning to travellers approaching this Zone. Roadside bins or pits are available and are clearly signposted for disposal of prohibited produce.

What conditions apply when travelling with fruit/vegetables into the Riverland?

Fresh unprocessed fruit and fruiting vegetables purchased from commercial retailers within South Australia will be permitted into the Riverland if accompanied by:

#   An itemised receipt of purchase, or

#   A Plant Health Certificate

Note:  Cooked, processed, preserved, stewed, dried, frozen or canned fruit and fruiting vegetables are permitted without restriction.

What is not permitted into the Riverland?

The following produce is not permitted into the Riverland, and will be confiscated at a random quarantine roadblock:

#  home-grown fresh unprocessed (raw) fruit and fruiting vegetables

#  purchased fresh unprocessed (raw) fruit and fruiting vegetables without the proper accompanying receipt of purchase, or Plant Health Certificate.

The message for travellers and Riverland residents is simple:-

Don’t carry fresh, unprocessed fruit and vegetables into the Riverland Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone unless accompanied by an itemised receipt of purchase or a Plant Health Certificate.

Take notice of the prominent road signs and eat or dispose of prohibited produce before entering the zone if the entry requirements cannot be met.

Don’t risk a $2500 fine.fruit fly exclusion zone

Wrap Up to Easter 2014

Easter3correctWhat glorious weather the Riverland turned on for us at Kingston-On-Murray at Easter.  With a relaxed atmosphere running thru the park and at maximum capacity in all our powered sites, cabins and unpowered sites…..enjoying the river views was a must!!  Canoes were booked well in advance to get up close and personal with the bird life and scenery on the river.

Ski boats were polished and buffed for the last burst before winter on the Murray River, and Easter eggs were waiting to be devoured!!

easter2All the Easter activities were enjoyed again by the children…..big and small.  Art and Craft, Face Painting and last but not least the Easter Egg Hunt!!

With our new oval up and running, all sporting activities were played in full force, with everyone basking in the sunshine…..Basketball Shootouts , Table Tennis competitions, with both soccer and football goals not missing a ball.

Our new addition of pedal carts for 3-8 year olds had a waiting list to try out the new track around the oval!!

With bookings already going at lightning speed for Easter next year,                  Kingston-on-Murray Caravan Park are looking forward to seeing all you happy campers again.

If you want to join us, hurry as we have limited vacancies.

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The Brooks kids enjoying the craft activities

 

 

Exciting Physical Upcoming Events – DO YOU ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE??????

Jet Ski Racing at Lake Bonney

22 – 23 Feb 2014

Jet Ski racing on the Lake at Barmera.  Do you own a Jet Ski, helmet and life jacket? If so you can join in the fun.  Setup and practice on course on the Saturday and racing is on the Sunday. 8am registration, a morning of instruction/learning about racing Jet Ski’s (Sat)(optional) Racing events (Sun)to try out your newly acquired skills.  $50 to be involved, Spectators free!  If well received a further event will be run in March.  So come on to the Riverland and pack the shores of Lake Bonney.

Dirt Wars Survivor 10km Fitness Challenge

15 – 16 March 2014

Introducing to the Riverland – Dirt Wars Survivor – This is a physically demanding fitness challenge through man made and natural obstacles with loads of mud at the Loveday 4×4 Adventure Park.  Get together with friends, colleagues, gym or sporting groups or just compete on your own.  Climb big hills, crawl through thick mud, climb cargo nets, slip down the waterslide and end with a mud bath finsh. Dress up in a crazy outfit as there are prizes for the best dressed.

Kids Junior Survivor challenge will be held all day Saturday for those ages 4 and up to 15.  Spare clothes required as mud is a main ingredient here too.  Course waterslide will be operating on the Sunday for kids to enjoy.  Refreshments all day, after party Saturday night and fully catered.

Why did I bother having a shower before I started????????????

Why did I bother having a shower??

If you or a group are thinking of being part of this event, we at Kingston on Murray Caravan Park can offer great cost accommodation that is away from the actual site. This will allow you to get a refreshing hot shower and a restful nights sleep while rejuvenating those sore, aching muscles ready for the next days activities.

Loveday 4 x 4 Adventure Park

Carp Frenzy Lake Bonney 

28 – 29 March 2014

Don't think my frypan is going to be big enough

Don’t think my frypan is going to be big enough

Grab a great spot around Lake Bonney, set up your chairs, bait your hook and plunge it into the cool blue water of the Lake and wait…..If you catch a carp you can go into the draw to win $1000.  Which means you could be paid for fishing!!!! Dream come true? Then  join in the Carp Frenzy Competion. Catch 10 Carp you have 10 chances to win, 20 carp 20 chances etc.,  too easy.  Enjoy a fantasic day fishing with the lure of awesome prizemoney and prizes for your trouble.  Registration at 3pm Friday  at Lakes cafe and 6am Saturday at Barmera Monash Footy Club- Fishing starts at 6am.  Happy fishing.

Visit the Carp Frenzy Website

 

Welcome to 2014 – Now What???

xmas20146The festive season is officially over and was enjoyed by all.  It was so good to see tourists and families enjoying themselves at the park throughout this period.

The most superb way to cool down on a hot day

The most superb way to cool down on a hot day

The park was adorned with boats, kayaks, bikes, smiles, laughter, enjoyment and the odd sing song or two. The new oval was utilised well with those who preferred to kick the footy or play a bit of grass tennis and naturally the resort style pool was in huge demand with the weather being absolutely superb.

Arrh, now this is what you call a holiday

Arrh, now this is what you call a holiday

 

So this brings us to the question – Now What?

The good news is, just because the festive season is over, the fun doesn’t need to stop.  There is always something happening in the region.

Take this this weekend,11/01/14, for example.

The Bruno Bay Fireworks  Spectacular is a Must-Do Event on the Riverland calendar.This tailors itself to a fantastic family evening. We have a number of accommodation bookings just for those wanting to attend.  The event is located a mere eight km from our park at the Cobdogla Football oval and kicks off at 6pm.  The whole family is catered for from numerous sideshow rides, jumping castle, stall holders, motorbike stunts, food and drink vans, not to mention being captivated by the outstanding talent of the “Kiss Tribute Band”.  Want more????

This is a true firework spectacular

This is a true firework spectacular

Yes, of course you do.  After dark you will witness an outstanding fireworks display.  Almost 3,000 people are expected to attend this year. It’s not too late to book your cabin or site at the caravan park.

The Australia Day long weekend is also sneaxmas20141king upon us, 24/01/14 – 27/01/14. It is probably one of the last opportunities of the summer for a family getaway.xmas 20143  Come stay with us and escape to Lake Bonney, the River or Banrock Station this Australia Day. Activities and celebrations are being held in the region across the January long weekend.

Wishing you all the best for the new year.

Peter & Lisa

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All

xmas3Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

We know wsanta1hat the majority of you are doing – joining us here at the Kingston-on-Murray Caravan Park and we are looking forward to hosting your stay.  Bookings for this Christmas are outstanding. 

 We will be welcoming overseas visitors and interstate/intrastate tourists and there will be a number of family gatherings.  This is a great xmas2time of year that really brings people together. 

 Lets’s not forget the other family member – our four legged friends.  Yes, they sure can come on holiday with you at our park.

There is so much fun to be had and things to see and do at this time of year in the Riverland. Yes, the region is coming up trumps again exhibiting exciting, xmas4colourful pageants, firework displays, Christmas Lights, Santa’s Cave and generally letting it be known that we are here to celebrate and enjoy this festive occasion .  New Year’s Eve will be catered for with various indoor/outdoor functions within the major towns, the hardest thing for you to do is choose which event you would like to attend.

So what has been happening so far?

Well I did mention the pageants didn’t I?  The introduction of the big man in red really signified that Christmas is nigh.  There were magnificent parades with each one ending in a finale of a brilliant firework display.

The Barmeraxmas5 fireworks event would be the one to go to the top of my list.  It really was spectacular.  A massive effort and really appreciated by the enormous crowd.  The expressions of ooohs and arrhhhs seemed to be in stereo.  The atmosphere was electrifying.

At Waikerie you will find Santa’s Cave – this is a world of amazement for all ages to enjoy from nativity to wonderland. This magical experience can be found taking place within the air conditioned climate of the Waikerie Institute.  Santa will be in residence until Christmas Eve and the setting is open through to New Years Eve.

South Australia’s renowned Christmas Lights display can be found at Loxton.  You CANNOT miss this. Loxton’s Major event of the year – the month long Christmas Lights Festival –  where the town shines brighter than ever officially turning on its magic throughout the whole month of December. Thirty stunning displays stretch over 250 metres and include the nativity scene in Bethlehem, Christmas Village, Santa’s Boot, Lolly Shop, popular cartoon characters plus more. Hidden throughout the displays are 10 Where’s Wallies. It’s a challenge for young and old to try and find them all…can you?

Have you ever heard of a Singing Christmas Tree? Check the one out in Loxton. Friday & Saturdaloxton christmas treey evenings in December. Each of the 4 tiers on the 6 metre high Christmas tree is filled with enthusiastic singers who bring the tree to life with their rendition of much-loved traditional carols. Come and be entertained outside St Peter’s Lutheran Church from 8pm to 8.30pm on Dec 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st.

To round up the Christmas festivities and see in the new year, a suggestion would be to spend new years eve at the Renmark Riverfront.  They stage a fabulous family friendly show on the riverbank.  Stalls, showrides, food, fireworks and bands are right there on hand to help celebrate.  It really would be a great way to bring in 2014.

From our family to yours – Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Be safe and enjoy.

 

 

 

It’s what we have all been waiting for – OZ SHACKS HAVE ARRIVED to the KOM Caravan Park

I don’t think I am able to express how excited we all are here at KOM Caravan Park. Our Oz Shacks have arrived and are causing a real buzz between ourselves and our guests.

Yes – these shacks enable camping to become “Glamping” – Definition: Glamorous way to camp.IMG_5248

The Ozshack is a unique design; a shelter, a beautiful space, that is restful and energizing.   Its design is balanced and creates a calm haven away from our hectic day to day lives.

The smell of the western cedar is so appealing and the aesthetic look of the wooden huts set amongst pine trees as a backdrop is enchanting to say the least.

Wake up relaxed to the sounds and sights of nature.

This is something you don't get to see just anywhere.

This is something you don’t get to see just anywhere.

We have set-up three huts – two with double beds and one with twin singles.   The beds – I have a story to tell you about the beds.  Some of you may know Lisa (part owner/manager of the park) and for those of you who don’t – let me tell you how pedantic she is about a good nights sleep!!!  She Double-Bedhas gone out of her way to source the most comfortable, healthy, spinal support ensembles and spared no cost while doing so. It doesn’t matter to her if you hire our Deluxe Cabins or our Budget Range Oz Shacks, she wants each and everyone of our guests to have a relaxed and contented nights sleep.  Good on you Lisa.

The lockable privacy screen set into the front door allows a refreshing breeze to flow through the shack without the seclusion being compromised.

If you feel the need to break through the serenity and enchantment, each shack comes with a LED HD TV for entertainment.

The cost to encounter this accommodation style is $50 per night during off peak periods to only $65 per night during peak periods.  To enjoy this distinctive space, book one either for yourselves or purchase a voucher as a getaway gift for that special someone, friends or family that you think will savour this unique experience.

The Oz Shacks are bringing out the curiosity in people.

The Oz Shacks are bringing out the curiosity in people.

Come and have a look –  you won’t be disappointed!!!!

Coming Events:  Riverstock  15th – 17th November

Hope to see you here.  Don’t forget that we are providing a bus for transport to and from the event. Please note that all Oz Shacks and Cabins are booked out for the Riverstock Weekend, 15th – 17th November, but there are still some powered and unpowered sites available.