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Published November 20th 2016
Handy lake-side stay and play
The Barmera Lake Resort Motel is in a prime position at 1 Lakeside Drive, Barmera. This is right across the access road from the foreshore of Lake Bonney.
The motel offers economy and convenience as I was able to book a room for $90 a night. As promised, the room included tea and coffee sachets, jug to boil water, bed, mirror, hanging space, television, air conditioning, small refrigerator, seating and table.
The staff were friendly and helpful. We ordered breakfast which was delivered promptly at 8:05. A "continental" breakfast for $13 included cereal package, two slices of toast, two sachets of butter and marmalade, juice and milk. A croissant with ham and cheese cost $8.50 and I was pleased to find my croissant was huge and delivered warm.
The en-suite included a shower, basin and toilet, although the area was a little compact for comfort. The lake view was also obscured by the sailing club buildings and we needed to close the front curtains for privacy. Car parking is located at the rear of the units and there appears to be enough parking for about 80% of the cars. Due to corners and hot water systems, it appears that when the motel is fully booked, a few cars might miss convenient parking spaces, but may be accommodated elsewhere.
It may seem obsolete to expect a pool so close to the lake, and it appeared most guests did not take any notice of the pool area, but I am a bit demanding in that regard and spent an hour splashing in the pool. The pool is rectangular and features a reasonable "shallow" area which came up to my chest before getting deeper. It was also clean and inviting.
The small square mini-pool beside the main pool was very shallow and had no jets, so I had to conclude it was a toddlers' pool. That is a plus for families, but mild disappointment to spa lovers. There was also a shaded barbecue area and games room. It appears there is a bar and restaurant on-site, but they did not appear to be open on when we visited on a Saturday.
A short walk or drive up Lakeside Drive and a right turn will bring you to Barmera's main street precinct, Barwell Avenue. The main street features an IGA grocery store with extended trading hours, a jeweller, café, bakery, op-shop or two and the public Library. The main street is also the site of the monthly Sunday market.