Palmer

Home of ‘Bear Rock’

Did you know we have a polar bear in our Mid Murray backyard?

For thousands of years, ‘Bear Rock’ has stood proud on the hill and has been the townships longstanding hero.

For the majority of time, ‘Bear Rock’ is painted white unveiling his amazing polar bear likeness set amongst an array of granite rock formations including an elephant and as you are driving from Tungkillo through to Palmer watch out for the frog sitting roadside!

Take the children on an adventure to find these infamous characters and enjoy the hospitality at the ‘Bear Rock Hotel’ where you may find even more interesting characters!

Visit the quaint general store for some good old fashioned country service and if you need direction, they will be happy to assist.

Opposite the hotel, take Davenport Road and make your way out to Rathjens Gap only 5.8 kms away where the gorge is a photographer’s dream and an amazing oasis.

The historic olive grove at the oval is well worth a look and only 70 kilometres from Adelaide, travel through the Adelaide Hills and make your way to the Mid Murray through Tungkillo and Palmer and travel along the historic Mannum to Adelaide water pipeline situated above ground level.

The majestic lookout just before the township en route from Tungkillo is definitely worth a stop where you will see widespread panoramic views across the Murray Plains and in winter the odd roadside wild mushroom or two!

Named after Colonel George Palmer, a South Australian Colonisation Commissioner, the township was settled in 1860 as a mining and agricultural settlement.

Home of the annual Hot Rod show on the October long weekend and the Crystal and Gem Fair in May -  keep these dates in your diary when Palmer comes alive!