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Blanchetown - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located just over 130 km from Adelaide, the quiet town of Blanchetown is where the Murray River’s lock and weir water flow management system starts. The site of Lock 1 of a 15 lock system that was constructed along the river in the 1920s and 1930s to control the water level to enable the cargo and paddle-steamers to navigate their way up and down the waterways. The old bridge in the town provide great view of Lock 1 that was named after William Randell Lock in honour of the pioneer of river navigation in the 1800’s.

The Murray River at Blanchetown is only 3.6 m above sea level and some 270 plus km from the sea. The towering cliffs at Blanchetown, provide great viewing with their changing colours, and closer inspection reveals fossilised sea creatures. The town also has a number of historic buildings which date from the 1850s and 1860s.

The township was surveyed in 1855 and named after Lady Blanche, who was wife of the colon’s sixth governor, Sir R. G. MacDonnell.

Check out our listing of Blanchetown accommodation and Big River Country accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Blanchetown Visitor Information and Services Centre
3 Shaw Street
Ph: 08 8540 5453
Mon to Fri 10 am - 4 pm
Thursday nights Open til 6 pm
Open most weekends call for details
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Blanchetown Attractions

• On the banks of the Murray River, just 5 km south of Blanchetown, lies the site of the historic settlement of Murrundi. The settlement was named after the local Aboriginal tribe, although parts of it were later surveyed and named the Village of Sturt. Edward John Eyre, the renowned explorer and was Protector of Aborigines, established himself at Murrundi in 1841, as part of the efforts to quell the growing conflict between the overlands and local Aborigines. When he returned to England in 1844, he was replaced first by E. Nation and then Edward Bates Scott, acting as Sub-Protector of Aborigines and Police Inspector.

During the period 1841 and 1856, Murrundi served as the Aboriginal contact point, rations depot, experimental irrigation settlement, port, military and police outpost. The continual flooding saw the end of the settlement, with Blanchetown being established on the cliffs overlooking the river.

Due to its historical and cultural significance, the site of Murrundi is now on the Register of State Heritage Items.
Brookfield Conservation Park
• Created in the early 1970s as a habitat for the southern hairy-nosed wombat, the park contains red mallee, mallee box, yorrell, false sandalwood, oil bush and blue bush. Located just 11 km west of Blanchetown, the park includes picnic facilities near the Rangers Office.

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Blanchetown Distance

Distance to Blanchetown
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Blanchetown:
• Adelaide 132
• Berri 102
• Burra 127
• Loxton 115
• Renmark 121
• Waikerie 42
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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