BLANCHETOWN

Blanchetown is the next town encounted when traveling east on the Sturt Highway. Blanchetown is also a Murray River resort town with number river recreational opportunities.

Blanchetown was originally surveyed in October 1855 as Blanche Town. It was named after Lady Blanche MacDonnell, the wife of the Governor of South Australia, Sir Richard MacDonnell.

 The Blanchetown Bridge is the western-most (and farthest downstream) of the four crossings over the Murray River. During the nineteenth century it was an important transportation centre on the lower Murray. In modern times Blanchetown has been described as ďa strange mixture of historic buildings and temporary shacks built by holidaymakers on the banks of the river".Blanchetown is widely regarded as the entrance to the Riverland citrus district.

Lock 1 on the Murray River is at Blanchetown. It was the first of the 13 locks and weirs built on the Murray, and were completed in 1922. The lock chamber is approximately 56 feet by 275 feet (17 by 83 metres). The original purpose was to facilitate navigation for trade along the Murray, but by the time the weirs had been built, trade was declining. The primary purposes now are for recreational boating and to maintain water levels for irrigation.

The Blanchetown War Memorial is located near the RSL on the main road.

The Blanchetown Church is represented by the Lutheran Church over the river.

The Hotel overlooking the river, though modern aspects and has heritage classification.

Should the traveler be on the Sturt Highway a look at the Number 1 Lock has merit.

Heritage diary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course