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Blanchetown, South Australia

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Come to Blanchetown for its uncrowded waterways, sheltered river bends and sandy banks. This is a popular spot for waterskiers and you can also watch the large riverboats that pull into Blanchetown each week. Blanchetown's towering cliffs are famous for the grand views of their changing colours. Attractions include the Brookfield Conservation Park - a breeding ground for Hairy-nosed Wombats - and the Burk Salter Wines cellar door. This is where the Murray River's lock and weir water flow management system starts. The system was constructed along the river in the 1920s and 1930s to help control the water level so that cargo and paddle steamers would always be able to navigate the waterways. The old bridge gives an excellent view of Lock 1. Here you can also get a great view of the large riverboats that pull into Blanchetown weekly. This quiet township is in essence an informal holiday town made up of unpretentious river shacks for lovers of relaxed river days. The uncrowded waterways, sheltered river bends and sandy banks are popular with water-skiers in the summer months. Although Blanchetown's towering cliffs are famous for the grand views of their changing colours, closer inspection reveals fossilised treasures such as starfish, shells and fish. Blanchetown's history is full of quirky stories such as this: the Post Office building was originally intended to be a railway station, but the rail plans changed and no track was ever built. Discover more about its history by undertaking the Blanchetown Historical Walk. Pick up a copy of the booklet from various outlets in the town. Blanchetown has a variety of accommodation including tourism award-winning Quality Houseboats, riverfront caravan parks, or bed and breakfasts.

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