Named after the former South Australian Premier Charles Cameron Kingston, Kingston on Murray is a very small Riverland township, of approximately 300 people, situated on the River Murray. It is not to be mistaken for the town Kingston SE on the Limestone Coast which bears the same name. The tags "on Murray" and "SE" were added to distinguish between them.
In years gone by, Kingston on Murray was a major river crossing point where cars and trucks would often queue up on both sides of the river waiting for the ferry to get across. Sadly though, this all changed in 1973 when a bridge was constructed. The town's importance declined drastically as the bridge took the Sturt Highway around the town.
Today, Kingston on Murray is a rich agricultural district surrounded by vineyards and orchards. It has a pleasant shady riverside park which is ideal for a family picnic on a sunny day. It is also a nice quiet place for an overnight mooring, away from all the highway noise. I was privileged to witness an awesome sunrise in the morning too. Some other attractions nearby include the unique Cobdogla Irrigation & Steam Museum, the beautiful Banrock Station Wine & Wetlands Centre, and the historic Overland Hotel.
Kingston on Murray is located 214 kilometres north-east of Adelaide. Because the town is within the Riverland fruit fly free zone, you do have to remember not to take fruit or vegetables with you as you enter the region. However, if you happen to forget, there is a quarantine bin along the way for you to dispose of any restricted produce in your possession.