Murray River Visitor Guide : Murray River Visitor Guide 2016
the 1880s when over 100 paddle steamers plied their trade on the Murray. Arts & HISTORY Discover historic towns and local art as you travel throughout the region. While this part of South Australia is best known for its fantastic produce, fruit-driven wines and aquatic pastimes, the visitor will also discover thriving arts scene and an array of museums and other historic attractions. The region is home to many painters, sculptors, ceramicists, weavers and other artists who all take their inspiration from the picturesque natural landscapes. Many galleries throughout the region act as venues for touring art exhibitions and also showcase local artists. The Waikerie Art Trail brings together several galleries, studios and public displays. Artwork ART GALLERIES AND STUDIOS Barmera Barmera Theatre Art & Craft Gallery Community-based venue featuring paintings, watercolours, drawings, photographs, ceramics and sculptures. Berri River Lands Gallery Touring exhibitions and the works of many prominent local artists. Goolwa The Goolwa Centenary Hall South Coast Regional Arts Centre and Signal Point Gallery promote emerging and professional artists from the local area. Loxton Loxton Arts and Crafts This community based shop showcases locally made arts and crafts. is also displayed at the Waikerie Club and Waikerie Library. Sprouts Café in Berri, is used as an exhibition space for local artists and also offers great coffee and delicious snacks. In Renmark you’ll find Aussie Eggshell Carvers, featuring unique eggshell pendants by Maureen Williams and the Frank Harding Collection, featuring a bushranger mural. A rich history Named by explorer Captain Charles Sturt in 1830, the Murray River has played a crucial role in the development of modern Australia. Commercial navigation of the river peaked in Loxton Visitor Information Centre See displays and sales of local art, handcrafted gifts and local produce. Lyrup Coongalena Cottage Art Studio See the paintings of Yvonne Lempens and admire the majestic views. Mannum Wool Shed Gallery Features paintings and prints by some of Australia’s most renowned artists and contemporary Aboriginal artists. All works are available for purchase. Murray Bridge Murray Bridge Regional Gallery The gallery features three exhibition spaces and an exciting retail space with contemporary craft and artworks. Renmark The Foyer Gallery, Chaffey Theatre Showcases local artists working in 2D and 3D. 18 themurrayriver.com | arts and history PS Marion, Teal Flat Today, one of the original Murray River paddle steamers – the PS Marion – is docked at Mannum and open to the public. Another survivor is the PS Industry in Renmark. Upstream, Morgan was one of the busiest ports on the Murray River during the late 19th century and its historic wharf precinct has been restored. Blacksmith brothers John and David Shearer encouraged the settlement of Mannum in 1854 by establishing a farm machinery business. Nearby Murray Bridge developed rapidly after its first bridge was built in 1879 and when the railway crossed the river in 1886, it became the main river port below Morgan. Meanwhile Wellington was settled in 1838 and was the site of the first ferry on the South Australian section of the Murray River. In 1887, Canadian engineers George and Ben Chaffey established Australia’s first irrigation colony – Renmark. The tales of the early pioneers who settled in the Mallee area are equally fascinating. Their impact can still be traced in farming towns such as Lameroo, Pinnaroo and Karoonda. Visit an accredited Visitor Information Centre in the region for maps and information on heritage walks and opening hours of galleries and museums. Tony Smith Studio Tony is an award-winning artist best known for his pen and ink drawings of River Gums. Tailem Bend Coorong Art Gallery Housed in the Coorong Civic Centre, the gallery features local paintings and sculptures. Waikerie Paul White Photo Gallery Featuring framed canvas prints that capture the beauty of the Riverland. Rain Moth Gallery Handcrafted arts and crafts and local art exhibitions. Riverglen View Art Studio Located between Waikerie and Kingston-on-Murray, see original artwork and kiln-fired glass artworks by Liz and Clint Frankel.