Steeped in history, the Riverland township of Morgan was once a very busy Murray River port. It served as the home port for hundreds of paddle steamers during the 19th century. These paddle steamers played an important role in carrying both cargo as well as passengers up and down the river.
A fantastic self-guided historic walk around Morgan will lead you to 46 places of interest including historic buildings and landmarks that reveal stories of the past, towering 12-metre high wharves constructed for the paddle steamers, and a lookout with panoramic views of the town and river. Of particular interest to me was the Captain Charles Sturt monument which commemorates his river exploration voyage back in 1830. Also worth mentioning is the ferry terminus built in the 1850s for passengers to winch themselves across the river.
Today, Morgan is a great location for water sports and a fantastic gateway to the Flinders Ranges, Burra and Clare regions. It offers many accommodation options such as two old hotels, a riverfront caravan park, multiple campsites, and a range of basic and luxurious shacks along the river. A designated overnight mooring area is also available for houseboats up to 48 hours.
Of course Morgan was the start of the land exploration of the ill fated group lead by Governor Gawler and Capt. Sturt, during which Henry Bryan, Mt Bryan is named after him, disappeared near Morgan, without trace to this day.
This story was featured in a previous Weekend Notes.
Information is available at the Information Center in Morgan.