After several months away, a Murray Bridge icon is back home in her cave at Sturt Reserve.
Bertha the bunyip spent her holiday at the local council depot, where she received new hydraulics, supports and wheels as well as a fresh lick of paint – enough to rejuvenate her after 46 years spent scaring small children and international tourists.
In the meantime, council workers gave her lair a makeover: a new sound system and a new backdrop.
Now that she is back, she will be free for all to use, operated by a button instead of a coin deposit slot.
However, she will only rise out of the water between 6am and 9pm.
Her age-related problems had become increasingly apparent last year when the water in her cave filled with oil and she lost some of her mobility.
The frame supporting her had rusted, one of the wheels on the platform which lifted her up and down had become jammed, and oil had spilled out of her hydraulic system.
The Murray Bridge council budgeted $100,000 for the repair job, which was overwhelmingly supported by the public.