Barmera is the entry town to the Renmark region of River Murray towns and citrus fruit production. Barmera is also located on the shore of Lake xxxx that gives the town lots of recreational options. Barmera is also a young and pretty town with wide avenue streets and gardens.
Barmera is also the home of Rocky Page Hall of Fame and the museum. the hall of fame is dedicated to this western and country and western singer.. Rocky Page organised and promoted the South Australian Country Music Awards and was instrumental in establishing the Festival which is now part of a ten days of Country Music in the Riverland.
It is unknown where the name "Barmera" comes from but it is suspected that it means "water place" or "land dwellers", being a word from a local Aboriginal group. Others postulate it comes from Barmeedjie, the name of the tribe that lived to the north of the Murray River prior to European settlement.
Lake Bonney was first seen by Charles Bonney and Joseph Hawdon in 1838 drove cattle along the Murray River. The lake was named after Bonney. The land however, was settled in 1859 with the establishment of Overland Corner Hotel. It was a popular area with drovers that drove sheep from New South Wales into South Australia. A police station was also built to prevent and stop arguments between the indigenes and settlers.
An influx of World War 1 veterans settled with promises of irrigated land from the government. A railway station was opened in 1928 and the town was proclaimed in the same year. In World War II an internment camp was established south of Barmera in Loveday and was one of the largest World War II camps in Australia.