Proclaimed in 1911, the Riverland township of Berri takes its name from the Erawirunga word "bery bery" which means a bend in the river. The town was once associated with a huge orange juice factory, however, that has now closed, and today Berri is more known for its attractive riverfront. A walk along the riverfront will lead you to a legendary monument, an honourable memorial and unassuming murals.
The legendary monument, which is sculptured out of two large slabs of black granite, commemorates a local hero Jimmy James who helped solve murders and capture killers by seeing and identifying unseen tracks. You can read more about this special place here.
The honourable memorial pays tribute to local veterans who served post World War II. Erected by the Riverland Vietnam Veteran's Association, this beautiful war memorial stands proud right in the heart of town.
The unassuming murals depict the region's Aboriginal heritage, in particular the River Murray. Created by indigenous artists, these large wall murals are located underneath the Berri Bridge on the town side of the river. The Berri Bridge is one of the largest in South Australia. It replaces the old ferry system and makes travelling between Berri and Loxton much more convenient.
Other attractions in Berri include the River Murray and its flood level marker, the 16-metre high lookout tower converted from a disused water tower, the 50-metre wide community mural painted by various community groups, Charles Sturt's memorial built in 1936, and Martin Bend Reserve popular for picnics, swimming and water skiing.
And, if you are interested in shopping, the visitor information centre on the riverfront does stock a diverse range of local Riverland goods such as dried fruits, jams, marmalade, chutneys, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. My favourite, and always a must-buy, is the Riverland Sun Muscats by Illalangi. These sun muscats are large and plump, and have a soft texture and sweet flavour just to my liking.