Wintertime in the Riverland

sunrise 2 simone picWe all know how fantastic it is in the Riverland during the summer, with the River and all the water sports, however the winter is even more special – and not as busy either!!!

THINK THERE IS NOTHING TO DO IN WINTER – WELL THINK AGAIN

There are many things to do and experience during the winter. Some of them being:

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Grab a canoe and discover the birdlife and explore the Creek systems from our Park.  We are located in a perfect location to paddle your way through the backwaters of the Murray.  The birdlife here rivals any that you will see along the River

Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre

The wetlands are full of water and the birdlife is abundant.  Of course the Boardwalk is a perfect way to spend a few hours discovering this iconic Riverland Attraction.  After the walk, the adults can taste some of Banrock famous wines and sit down and all enjoy the local food in the Restaurant or just have a coffee and cake.

Monash Playground and Barmera Playspace

These two Playgrounds are located within a short drive from the Park and can keep the kids busy for hours with all the attractions that they offer.

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Of course we can’t guarantee that you will catch anything, but isn’t half the fun trying!!  What better way to spend time than being down the River in the peace and quiet absorbing all the bird noises and watching the River pass by.

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See the Lock in action, Whilst having a picnic on the beautiful lawned areas around the lock which has heaps of information about the River and the Floods.  You may be lucky enough to see a boat go through one whilst you are there.

The Park Facilities

The Park has facilities that will keep everyone happy.  We have an oval with football and soccer goals and a basketball hoop for the sporty types.  Or maybe bring your bocce along so the whole family can play.  The bike track around the Oval is level and safe for bikers of all ages and abilities.  The track is even wide enough for our Pedal Karts to be riden around.new oval pic

So what is stopping you.  Book now and experience this beautiful region in the winter.

 

 

 

Kingston-on-Murray Food, Cooking and Camping Tips

Planning and preparing for a camping expedition is quite a job. Especially when travelling far and wide from any shops, knowing that your chance of restocking up your supplies is minimal!!   The Kingston-on-Murray team are hoping these tips will help make your camping trip an enjoyable experience.

Hints:  Pack dehydrated and long life products that make catering for travel so much easier. Take a variety of dried herbs and spices, sauces, stock cubes etc – you can turn any meal into a delicious dish. Taking plain flour with you kills two birds with one stone…..Self Raising flour can be made by adding some baking powder!!food_to_take_camping

Bread becomes a problem after a few days, if possible store in an airtight container. Purchase brown or rye bread if possible as has a slightly longer shelf life.  Mountain or Flat Bread/Wraps make a nice change for lunch with a 2-3 week shelf life. To help keep your bread fresh while camping, wash and dry a large potato and put it in with the bread!

Now i know everyone has had an experience of soggy lettuce! To freshen up lettuce: pull apart and soak in some cold water with a little bit of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of sugar added. It should crisp up!

A few grains of rice placed in the salt container will absorb moisture, stop salt from lumping and help to keep dry. If yoCamping-foodur milk has just begun to turn sour, add a little bi-carb and you will still be able to use it.

To stop fish from sticking to the BBQ plate or pan, lift it off almost immediately after putting it onto the hot plate and then put it back down. Do the same on the next side when you turn the fish over.

The most important tip to camping is to relax…. whether you are tenting, swaging, glamping or caravanning….  enjoy the moment with friends and family. So many memories will be made and remembered!!sunrise simone

 

tips from www.guidebooks.com.au www.komcaravanpark.com.au

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

Winners!!! Reside at Kingston on Murray Caravan Park

A fantastic weekend was had at the Barmera Golf Open 2014. People travelled far and wide from Mildura to Adelaide to attend the 3 day club event.

barmera golf course 2Friday was a mixed partner day with Assistant Managers from the park Rod and Simone teaming up together and playing their heart out to bring home the bacon. Rain didn’t deter all the players with high scores still being produced. Count back of the cards was required to determine the winners, Rod and Simone Bedford!!

Saturday and Sunday the course played well with over 120 people hitting the white ball long and straight……..!! Some balls had a mind of there own going far and wide……!!

A delightful dinner was delivered from the Club kitchen on Saturday evening. The           entertainment was from local Mick Kelly, with everybody singing and dancing the night away. A cooked breakfast on Sunday morning was devoured before hit off and completing the weekend of golf.

golf balls 2If you would like a challenge of the Riverland Golf Courses, book accommodation at Kingston On Murray Caravan Park and receive a discount voucher for Barmera Golf Club. Come and enjoy the Winter experience in the Riverland.

Camping in Winter

The attractive thing about caravanning and camping is that it can be enjoyed at any time of year.

Winter is no excuse to cease this pleasant pastime.  You can go to the same region in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter yet get to experience it in four very vast ways.

Banrock Station

Grasp the opportunity to view the Riverland in Winter – it can provide a number of benefits.

  • No big crowds
  • Off peak rates apply the majority of the time
  • Use the time to test your caravan/tent equipment on a short trip – this is good preparation for longer holidays in warmer weather
  • More activities can be undertaken as you don’t need to concern yourself with heat restrictions
  • My favourite – no mozzies or flies to have to contend with

A caravan/camping trip provides the opportunity to socialize together in a natural outdoor setting away from everyday distractions.

Let us give you some food for thought about things to do while caravanning/camping during Winter in the Riverland……………….

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The month of June is the perfect time to check out the well renowned S.A. Country Music Festival held in Barmera and surrounds.  Days are spent being entertained outdoors in the winter sun that magically filters through the crisp morning mist, while the evening events are provided in warm cozy venues or around the ever enticing camp fire.  Come on, warm your hands around a hot mug of soup while taking in the majority of the free entertainment provided.  Put on the akubra hat, rug up and enjoy.

If country music isn’t your thing, how about experiencing the Moorook Music Festival?  It’s a jam packed three days of live non-stop music variety – also held in June.  Both events are family friendly.

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Come and try a self-guided drive through our national parks.  The drives are set-up to allow maximum viewing while being in the warmth and comfort of your own car or alternatively, to get the blood flow pumping, you may wish to take part in a relaxing bush walk, being captivated by the magnificent scenery, be it the red ochre cliffs of the Murray River, the haunting silence of the mallee or the abundant bird and wildlife.

You may wish to embark on Horse riding, Canoeing or Fishing.   Ahhh the serenity of it all – it really can’t be beaten –  enjoyable wholesome outdoor activities.  Just forget all the hustle & bustle back home.

IMG_4911 IMG_4914If you need a bit of down-time, the caravan park offers a fantastic large camp kitchen with it’s own combustion heater.  Imagine sharing a few meals and yarns with the other campers whilst basking in the warmth and comfort.

We look forward to seeing you soon on your winter trip away.

WORKAWAY EXPERIENCE

The Kingston-On-Murray Caravan Park have been lucky to experience two fantastic ladies from Berlin in a Workaway Programme for the last 2 weeks.

susie and jasmine bandrock

Susie a Physiotherapist and Jasmine a Medical Technician have left their home city of Berlin to take on the bright lights of Australia for a year’s working holiday!!

The park has been transformed with their gardening, maintenance and energy over their 2 week stay here. Since arriving at Perth in February, they have also showed their hands at sheep mustering, housemaiding and grape picking.susie and jasmine garden

Both Susie and Jasmine have loved the turquoise beaches in the South West of Western Australia, sighting huge Kangaroos and have loved the experience of driving across the Nullarbor in the car they have purchased to travel far and wide in this large country!!

There next port of call is to head in the direction of the Northern Territory….Coober Pedy, Ayers Rock and Alice Springs are of keen interest to them both, and to experience the real outback of Australia.

There Australian working experience ends in Queensland early next year with a well earned holiday to New Zealand.

We would like to thank them immensely for all there hard work around the park, with lots of morning teas and good laughs had by all!!

Wishing them both safe and happy travels for the rest of Australia.

The Kingston on Murray Crew.

Welcome to our New Assistant Managers

 

Not only is the landscape around the park a continual work in progress, so is our team line-up.  We look for people who can offer a different dimension to the park and who can bring in new skills and ideas.  Never resting on our laurels – we like to be in continual improvement mode. Rod & Simone  correct onejpg

Having said that, we would like to welcome Simone & Rod Bedford. They are our new Assistant Managers and come to us from Western Australia with a vast amount of experience and knowledge within the tourism and travel sector.  Not only have they fitted in easily and are a great compliment to our existing team, they have brought along a friend for Buddy.  His name is Archie and is enjoying the lifestyle here.

The two boys correct oneSimone and Rod had been busy owning and running their successful businesses for a time before deciding to sell up and have a home address as “Travelling Australia”.  With an address like that it’s handy to receive mail via email  :0).

Simone’s forte is in interior design, but from the mouth watering aromas wisping out of their caravan from time to time, she has proven herself to be an expert cook as well, which we have all been privy to for the odd morning tea from time to time – thanks Simone.

Rod is an “A Class” electrician and an all round good bloke. Peter is so pleased to have another male on board.  He can breathe again – We think he was beginning to feel a bit over beared by the female sector plus it’s a great help to have that extra muscle power around the place.

Not only have the Bedford’s fitted in well at the caravan park – the Barmera/KOM community can also benefit from their arrival – yes it’s good news – they are both very keen on tennis and golf.

Welcome again you two – it’s good to have you here.

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