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by Bev (subscribe)
Australia is a beautiful country with many places to explore in your own backyard.
Published October 16th 2021
Gateway to the Riverland
Information booth

While visiting the Riverland, we stopped by a small township called Blanchetown. The town is on the banks of the Murray River about 139 kilometres northeast of Adelaide. It is one of the first river settlements in South Australia.

Blanchetown picnic area
Picnic area

Blanchetown cliffs
Cliffs along river banks

The town was surveyed in 1855 and named by Governor Sir Richard Graves McDonnell after his wife Lady Blanche McDonnell. Once an important stopover and watering place, it suffered when the railway came and bypassed it.

Lock one
Lock 1

Blanchetown bridge
Old bridge

Nestled on the cliffs of the Murray River, today Blanchetown is an idyllic holiday town for those who love the calm stretch of water. There is a sheltered bbq area and picnic table and chairs right on the banks of the river as well as toilet facilities. From there you can get a good view of the Blanchetown bridge and Lock 1. Lock 1 is the first of many locks constructed along the Murray River to regulate water level and river flow.

Memorial monument
Memorial monument

Rsl grounds
RSL grounds

RSL building

In the town centre itself, there is a hotel, a supermarket, a take-away and a War Memorial. The Memorial monument was erected to commemorate those who serve in the war. There are names of those who died in the war and those who returned. It stands in front of the RSL hall.

Blanchetown bridge
Close up of the old bridge

Outside of the town, just along the Sturt Highway, there is a photo spot where you can find more information about the old bridge which was built to replace the vehicular ferry crossing.

Bridge monument
Bridge monument

The gateway to the Riverland, Blanchetown is worth stopping by or even staying the night in a caravan park or one of the many holiday rental shacks right on the River Murray overlooking the cliffs.
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Why? An idyllic town by the River
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Stopping at these little towns is always so interesting. I love checking out the weirs along the Murray.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9506) 38 days ago
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