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Discover Swan Reach

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by Bev (subscribe)
Australia is a beautiful country with many places to explore in your own backyard.
Published January 3rd 2022
A historic port on the River Murray
Swan Reach Hotel on the cliff by the River

Swan Reach is about 170 km northeast of Adelaide. Located right on the Murray River and sheltered by high cliffs, this small township has become very popular with holidaymakers who love water sports or just to relax on the shores of the river. It is also a great place for travellers to stop and relax when driving between the Barossa and the Riverland.

Len White Reserve

Playground in the reserve

We stopped by the town recently and were surprised by the many attractions the town has to offer. Right on the banks of the river is a beautiful park called the Len White Reserve with picnic tables, sheltered BBQ areas and even a small playground.

Schulz Reserve and Centenary Walk

A few metres away is another reserve called the Schulz Reserve and Centenary Walk. It is a very pleasant and accessible walking path right along the shores of the river.

Swan Reach Museum

Remembrance Garden on grounds of museum

Machineries display on grounds of museum

Perched on the cliffs by the river is the historic Swan Reach Hotel. It was originally a station homestead built around 1865. It is a great place for travellers to stop by and enjoy the Murraylands hospitality. The dining room has sweeping views of the river.

Display in Museum

Another place of interest is the Swan Reach Museum. The museum is housed in the original school building that was built in 1917 and had a significant and fascinating collection of memorabilia, which reflect upon the early European history of this part of the Murray River On display in the museum are documents, photographs and many historical items.

Mid Murray Classic Car Gallery

In the gardens outside are displays of many vintage farming machinery, tools and equipment and even part of an original wooden ferry. The grounds are well kept with murals and beautiful roses and there is a small remembrance garden dedicated to the early settlers.

Craft Room and Gallery

The museum is located at Nildottie Road and is definitely worth a visit. It is run by volunteers and entry is by gold coin donation. Opening hours are Wednesday 2pm - 4.30pm, Saturday, 10am - 12pm and Sunday, 2pm - 4.30pm. There are also souvenirs, books, etc for purchase at the museum.

Public hall

General store in town centre

Not far from the Museum at Victoria Street is the Mid Murray Classic Car Gallery with a fantastic private collection of classic and vintage cars. Car lovers would not want to miss this. The gallery is also run by volunteers and entry is also by gold coin donation.

Graetz Lookout

Next to the gallery is a very well-stocked Craft Room and Gallery selling many beautiful locally handmade crafts and local produce such as homemade jams, preserves and dried fruits.

View of the Murray River from the lookout

Driving through the town, you can see beautiful buildings built of sandstone. There is a general store, a public hall and some historical buildings like the old hospital, police station, a church and the old butcher shop.

Costa Brothers Almond Farm

A few kilometres from the town is a lookout called the Graetz Lookout where you can have a panoramic view of the beautiful Murray River.

Fresh, raw almonds on sale in museum

Swan Reach is also home to the Costa Brothers Almond Farms and almond processing facility. If you like almonds, you can purchase them at the museum counter. Straight from the factory, the almonds are fresh and lovely.

Swan Reach is a very worthwhile place to visit or even spend a day or two to see the attractions. There is also a Caravan Park near the wharf.
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Why? A historic town on the River Murray to explore
Where: Murraylands, South Australia
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Sounds a beaut place Bev. It proves every town has something to offer, particularly if they are near a river.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3454) 18 days ago
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