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   If you’ve enjoyed your visit and you have time, it would be encouraging us to hear from you about your rest and adventures.  Below is some feedback from our previous visitors!


“This cottage house is beautiful and is a credit to your creativity. We have enjoyed the beauty of the this place and have been inspired to ride around the lake. We hope to come again”.
– Sonny and Lynne.


“Thankyou for a wonderful stay, we all felt relaxed and stress free. The sunsets are very soothing and the view of the lake is good for the soul”.
– Yvonne, Davina, Linda and Megs – Australia, South Africa & Portugal.


“Lovely location, very comfortable house, and conveniently situated to all amenities. Beautiful views and very peaceful. Well worth it”.
– M and H – Grange, SA & Ayshire, Scotland.


“A lovely place to stay”. “Thanks guy’s for a lovely place to unwind”.
– John, Kym & Jack.


“I had a wonderful stay and would reccomend this place to our friends. The house had all the facilities we required and was a very clean place to stay in. Thankyou for making it a great place to stay”.
– K. family.


“After a long journey we were welcomed by a fresh breeze a setting sun and a beautiful sparkle from a very large lake. The positon is fantastic, the cottage is relaxing, roomy and refreshing. Thanks for a nice place to relax”.
– Mal & Alyssa.


“Thankyou for a delightful 3 days. We will let everyone at home hear about barmera”.
– Betty and Bill – WA.


“It’s a home away from home. So cosy and has beautiful views. We will be back soon”.
– Amber – Gawler, SA.


“Beyond expectations, enjoyed our stay very much. Kids loved the lake”.
– Greg, Narelle & kids – Karoonda, SA


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You can book in for both short and long term stays.

Normal rates range from $336 for (2) two nights (Monday-Thursday)

to $840 for seven nights.  Accommodates up to six (6) people.

Extra is charged for peak times and public holidays, so please contact us to discuss the rates for your length of stay.

Minimum 2 Nights Stay ~ Check-in Time: After 2pm ~ Check-out Time: by 11am

Please Discuss Any Early Check-in or Late Check-out Needs Prior to Occupancy.

No Smoking Inside House & No Pets

Rates are Subject to Change Without notice

 Choosing a longer stay, attracts Special Prices

Please contact us for more details.

Kercoonda offers the following facilities:

          • Stylish Accommodation
          • Elevated Lake Front Views
          • Relaxing Atmosphere
          • Open Plan Living Areas
          • 3 B/R – Queen, Double & Single Twin
          • Linen Provided – Weekly or As Needed
          • Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning
          • Disability Friendly and Accessible
          • TV and Stereo
          • Modern Functional Kitchen
          • Ceiling Fans in all Main Rooms
          • Space for 2 Cars Undercover
          • Close to Town for Shopping
          • Guests Book – For your Comments
          • Smoke Free Living
          • No Pets
          • Interesting Regional Attractions – See Barmera’s Visitor’s Information Centre

Special Disability Services Available At Kercoonda

          • Ramp Access
          • Wheelchair Accessible
          • Shower Chair (Available on Request)
          • Hand Rails in Bathroom
          • Detachable/Flexible Shower Head with Cord
          • Please Contact for any Further Requirements
          • Please click here to Contact Us.

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About Us

Starting Out ~ JUDA I ~ Family & Friends

Starting Out ~ JUDA I ~ Family & Friends

“Kercoonda” is situated in Barmera, South Australia, that is just a 2½ hour drive on the A20 Sturt Highway north east of Adelaide.  The name “Kercoonda” means “dwelling place near water”.

George Lambert, a farmer from Auburn (just south of the Clare Valley) wanted a safe holiday destination for his family. In 1986, freehold purchase was offered to all “shack” owners. The Lambert family, who enjoyed many years holidaying at Lake Bonney, took up the offer.

George finished building the family home on the original “Kercoonda” property at Auburn, and with his new found building skills, he built a holiday house on the last remaining block of land in the front row of houses at Lake Bonney, Barmera.

Water sports, especially skiing, quickly became the main activity during the early years. Many people, both young and old, learnt to ski behind George’s boat “JUDA II

The original boat shed with it’s large metal door is now the lovely Queen bedroom.

New Adventure ~ "JUDA 2" ~ Ski Team

New Adventure ~ “JUDA 2” ~ Ski Team

The family used Kercoonda as a holiday home/retreat until late 2002, when his daughter Julie Anne and son-in-law Neville, were given the opportunity to open the door to tourists and visitors to share the comforts of Kercoonda and enjoy the peace and quiet of the area.

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Your Hosts, Neville and Julie can be contacted by:

Post Office Box 40,  Barmera  SA  5345  Australia
Mobile: (0411) 808 714 or (0412) 186 164
Email: Julie and Neville
Email: Booking Enquiry Form

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Cancellation Policy

Booking Cancellation Policy

  1. A cancellation, 28 days prior to occupancy will be refunded, minus a small administration fee.
  2. A cancellation between 14 & 28 days before occupancy, the deposit will be forfeited.
  3. A cancellation between 1 & 14 days before occupancy, the full booking will be forfeited.

However, if the property is fully re-let, all monies will be refunded minus an administration fee.

In urgent circumstances, please discuss with hosts.

Any (required) bonds will be refunded within 14 days of departure.

However, bonds will be reduced by excessive cleaning, plumbing blockages, theft and breakages.

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What’s in Barmera?

Rocky’s Hall of Fame
Pioneers Museum

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Major Annual Events

N*Hanced Dance Party
Australia Day Breakfast
Speedboat Spectacular

Barmera Main Street Market

Glossop High School Continental
Australian 4×4 Muster
Riverland Floral Spectacular
Barmera Main Street Market

Easter Carnival and Breakfast
Humphrey Pump Steam Open Day
Barmera Main Street Market

Lightforce Mud Dust and Music
Mammoth Monash Market

SA Country Music Festival
Barmera Main Street Market
Humphrey Pump Steam Open Day

Berri Resort Hotel 8-Ball Championships
Humphrey Pump Steam Open Day

Orchid Society Spring Show
Petticoat Lane

Riverland Field Days

Humphrey Pump Steam Open Day
Relay for Life
Loveday 4×4 Riverland Challenge
Riverland Wine and Food Festival
SA Sheep Dog Trials
Barmera Main Street Market

OLOR Fiesta
Berri Merry Christmas
Multicultural Festival
Barmera Main Street Market

Barmera Pageant
Barmera Main Street Market


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