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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
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Published February 23rd 2013
Does Tailem bend?
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The River Murray at Tailem Bend

Tailem Bend is probably seen more often as a transit town for travellers than a tourist destination. That is a pity really as the town does have attractions of its own.

There is the fascinating Old Tailem Town that I reviewed recently nearby, and two walking trails.

The town walking trail is quite short, while the River Bend walking trail is around 21 kilometres, but can be shortened. Leaflets for both are available in the attractive Visitor Information Centre at the Tailem Bend Railway Station.

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Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend's Main Street

And if you're into Big Things, then the The Big Olive is just down the road too.

Tailem Bend is on the River Murray about 20 minutes drive from Murray Bridge and Monarto Zoo.

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Tailem Bend's Railway Heritage

It is also on the route from Adelaide to Melbourne both by train and by road, and can be found at the end of the South Eastern Freeway, about an hour from Adelaide.

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Tailem Bend Town Centre Playground

Historically Tailem Bend has had a very strong connection with the railways, and this becomes evident as soon as you arrive in town. Tourist information for the area is available from the old Tailem Bend Railway Station, while you can find items of railways heritage scattered all around.

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Play Equipment @ Tailem Bend

Nearby there is a well kept reserve and fenced children's playground. There are several pieces of modern play equipment, and the piece de resistance - a 1913 steam locomotive which kids can climb and explore.

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RX 201 Steam Engine Built in 1913

It is a pleasant spot to settle down for lunch, with a bakery across the road. Alternatively the clean and well maintained Tailem Bend Hotel is a short walk down the road.

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Tailem Bend Hotel

If you would rather eat with a view of the river, check out the Riverside Hotel on the Princes Highway.

Whatever you do, Tailem Bend makes a scenic stop before taking the next leg of your journey.
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