Murray River Visitor Guide : Murray River Visitor Guide 2016
41 murray river towns | themurrayriver.com.au TAILEM BEND 98 kilometres from Adelaide map reference E5 Located at the junction of the Dukes, Princes and Mallee highways, Tailem Bend is a popular stop for travellers. In the 19th century Tailem Bend was known as a railway town and today it is a commercial centre for the surrounding Mallee area. It is a great starting point for 4WD adventures into Mount Rescue or Ngarkat Conservation Parks and you can also visit Fred's Landing to launch a boat and enjoy some fishing. The history of Tailem Bend is documented at the Railway Station and Museum. The volunteers, or 'fettlers' as they are known, provide guided tours upon request. The station also provides a wealth of information about Tailem Bend and the surrounding region and sells locally-made arts, crafts and edible delights. Step back in time by visiting Old Tailem Town, Australia’s largest pioneer village with over 110 authentic historic buildings. Ghost tours are also available (not recommended for children under 14). The Coorong Council Civic Centre features rotating exhibitions by local and guest artists, while The Big Olive sells a range of products including oils, gift baskets and soaps. Heritage buffs can take a walking trail around the town or on the 25 kilometre loop River Bend Heritage Trail. Maps are available at the Visitor Information Outlet. TRURO 80 kilometres from Adelaide map reference F3 Truro was founded in the mid-1800s by John Howard Angas, son of George Fife Angas. Copper was mined here from 1842 to the 1970s. To discover more about the history, follow one of the many walks and drives developed by the local residents. The long- distance Lavender Federation Walking Trail passes through Truro, and Pioneer Park in the main street, and celebrates the work of the region’s first European settlers. Highlights include Craneford Wines’ cellar door, Truro Hotel, established in 1863, and the ever- popular Truro Bakery. PO Box 34, 22 Nildottie Road, Swan Reach Ph: (08) 8570 2019 or (08) 8570 2326 (Lyn) Mob: 0427 702 223 (Popsy) COME AND SEE OUR NEW DISPLAYS IN THE OLD SCHOOL BUILDING The museum stores some of the most fascinating collections of memorabilia reflecting European history. Showcasing documents, photographs and many historical items relating to the history of education and social history of the area. OPEN: Wednesday 10am–1pm, Saturday 10am–12pm or by appointment. SWAN REACH MUSEUM TUNGKILLO 64 kilometres from Adelaide map reference F4 On the border of the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong and Adelaide Hills regions, Tungkillo is surrounded by sweeping gum tree-lined plains, granite rock formations and small creeks and is located on the Lavender Federation Walking Trail, a 212 kilometre walking trail from Murray Bridge to the Barossa. WALKER FLAT 107 kilometres from Adelaide map reference E4 With its tall, ochre-coloured cliffs Walker Flat is one of the most spectacular spots on the river and a popular mooring for houseboats. There are two lookouts, one above the ferry and one between Walker Flat and Aruma River Resort. Facilities include a boat ramp, ferry, a general store and holiday accommodation. WELLINGTON 108 kilometres from Adelaide map reference E5 Wellington was settled in 1838 and is located at the junction of the Murray River and Lake Alexandrina. The first South Australian ferry on the Murray River was established here in 1846 and still operates. It is home to one of the oldest continually operating hotels in the state and the original courthouse and police station is now a museum, B&B and tea rooms. See a range of Australia’s threatened flora at the nearby Pangarinda Arboretum, covering 12 hectares. YOUNGHUSBAND 128 kilometres from Adelaide map reference E4 Younghusband is a short drive from Mannum with a picturesque river reser ve, a variety of riverside shacks and some great spots for waterskiing. Don’t miss the panoramic views of Lake Carlet from the top of the cliffs behind the caravan park or the Aboriginal canoe tree four kilometres out of town. PURNONG 150 kilometres from Adelaide map reference D4 One of the Murray River’s major irrigation areas, Purnong’s onions are exported all over the world. There is a 24 hour ferry crossing. SEDAN 99 kilometres from Adelaide map reference E3 Follow the Sedan Heritage Trail and see the towns many 19th century buildings and dry stone walls. SWAN REACH 167 kilometres from Adelaide map reference E3 The Aboriginal name for this area is ‘Kongorong’, which refers to the large number of Black swans here. Settled in 1899, Swan Reach battled floods in 1956; you can see photographs in the museum. Today, Swan Reach offers an excellent hotel, caravan park, nine-hole golf course, free 24 hour ferry, general store and boat ramp. The surrounding area is renowned for its towering cliffs and archaeological sites and is rich in fossils, flora and fauna. A highlight is the Big Bend by Night nocturnal tour which includes a visit to the Punyelroo Caves.