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by Jane McKinnon (subscribe)
I am a mum who is learning how to use my camera. I post on Instagram janes_photo_gallery. Having so much fun.
Published March 7th 2017

Blanchetown is a fabulous close journey from Adelaide, only 1.5 hours from Adelaide and 135k away. In 1922 the first lock was built on the Murray river. Paddle boats and houseboats use the lock and bird life is a photographers paradise, with magpies, rosellas, cormorants, sulphur crested cockatoos, corellas, kookaburras, swallows and pelicans. Lots of macro photography can be done, including flowers, bees, insects and lizards. Local emus and kangaroos visit the town regularly.

Just outside, about 12k towards Adelaide on the Sturt Highway, is the Brookfield Conservation Park. Drive through all the tracks and see what's around every corner - wombats, kangaroos, emus, bird life and reptiles. Back in Blanchetown looking across the river, you get the beautiful sandstone cliffs that turn a colour like gold as the sun sets. So no matter if you want nature or scenery sunsets shots to macro photography, it's all there at Blanchetown. Caravan park to hire cabins right on the river and many shacks that can be hired also B&Bs.

In summer, there are many ski boats and skiers on the river for action shots. Take a walk over the old bridge for another view of the town - it is just a short drive further is Waikerie. Take a day trip to Waikerie for shopping, visit the chocolate factory, enjoy a pub lunch then head back to Blanchetown for the peace and quiet. If you are lucky early in one morning, you may hear the roar of the gas fires being lit for inflating a hot air balloon or two. It's launched in town and rises slowly and so peacefully to just go over the bridge and ascend to the clouds.

The Burk Salter winery is just over the river to visit and wine tasting. One of the last secrets to tell is the night sky. For photographers to get away from the city lights and get good shots of our Milky Way. The stars are so bright when there is no moon. So star trail photos are a must. So time for a road trip.

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