Blanchetown, South Australia
Blanchetown is a small township in South Australia, on the (west) bank of the Murray River, 130 km northeast of Adelaide. The Blanchetown Bridge is the western-most (and farthest downstream) of the four crossings of the Sturt Highway over the Murray River.
Blanchetown's is famous for its towering cliffs, lining the river on both sides. are Their changing colours at sunset are of considerable geological interest and studded with fossils. This is classic river country, with lagoons, wetlands and a backdrop of vineyards and grazing land.
Views from the lookout on the old bridge at Blanchetown will give excellent views of Lock 1, the first of 15, completed in 1922. Here there is an honour guard of hungry pelicans on patrol - hundreds of them - circling above as the foaming water rushes over the spillway.
Things to do & see
* Blanchetown lock
* View towering cliffs lining the river
* View the flocks of pelicans
* Baggies Ski Beach
* View on the bridge walk
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Australian Dollar (AUD$)
Language – English
Electricity – 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus eight hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 61
Port Location – The port at Blanchetown is located on the Murray River.
Transport Links – Blanchetown is accessible by road from Adelaide. (2 hours)