Roses are blooming in Renmark with flower lovers heading to the region from tomorrow to celebrate the annual Rose Festival.
More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the event, with more than 2,500 travelling from interstate and overseas.
Core events within the program will be predominantly held in Renmark, with some spanning nearby towns in Loxton, Berri and Waikerie.
The Renmark Township’s Rose Gardens remain a program highlight with 51 garden beds consisting of more than 3,500 rose bushes spread throughout the town.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway, said thousands of people converge on Renmark each year to see the region in full bloom.
“There are some incredible experiences across regional South Australia, and we want to encourage more people out there to see it for themselves,” said Minister Ridgway.
“Our regional communities depend on a thriving tourism industry, and our regional events funding is helping to secure events and attract visitors to all corners of the state.”
South Australian Tourism Commission, Chief Executive, Rodney Harrex said Renmark features on the Mighty Murray Way touring route, providing opportunity to visitors to travel alongside one of the world’s longest rivers.
“Tourism is the lifeblood of our regions – accounting for 42 per cent of the state’s visitor expenditure,” Mr Harrex said.
“This event is a great showcase of the natural beauty of this incredible region.”
The Renmark Rose Festival is supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission through the State Government’s Regional Events and Festivals Program.
The Renmark Rose Festival will be held from 19-28 October 2018.