MURRAY BRIDGE

Murray Bridge is the last major town en counted heading north to Adelaide. There is lots of history in Murray Bridge and a stopover at a minimum is essential to get the best out of this Murray River town. The first attribute that gets you is the vast Murray River crossing and the fact that this was the first in Australia.

The first European explorer was Charles Sturt who camped there on 8 February 1830.

The city was originally known as Mobilong, then Edwards Crossing before finally becoming Murray Bridge in 1924.

The first road bridge across the lower Murray was completed at Murray Bridge in 1879. The bridge also became a shared road and rail bridge in 1886 until the separate rail bridge was completed in 1925. The bridge was designed for 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) though in actuality, only 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) trains ever used it.

There are heritage factors on display in all of the Murray Bridge inner precincts. Be sure to have a stroll around these streets,

The Anglican Cathedral is the oldest in SA. Have a look at this detail. The cathedral is always open. The United Church is a grand Scottish Presbyterian classic. The others are also old.

The Murray Bridge War Memorial/s is within the ANZAC Gardens and a worthy acknowledgment.

Murray Bridge has the Pioneer Museum located on the outskirts of the town. This is a ‘living’ museum and it is important to allow time for this exhibit. Be sure to visit.

Murray Bridge has two old and century plus classic pubs. Be sure to visit both; lots of history on display in both.

Assuming a river excursion and a pioneer museum and local museum visits a two night stopover may have to be considered.

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