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Murray Bridge - Cities, Towns and Localities
Murray Bridge is a thriving hub and the largest South Australian town on the Murray River. Situated some 80 kilometres east of Adelaide, on the South Eastern Freeway, this bustling river city is a similar distance from the Barossa Valley and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Murray Bridge offers a regional shopping centre, a variety of accommodation, restaurants and excellent sporting facilities. Other attractions include river cruises, wildlife park, adventure playground, historic buildings, as well as being close to The Coorong.

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the local Aboriginal tribe were the Ngaralta, who called the area Moop-pol-tha-wong, meaning  “haven for birds”. The Ngaralta Aboriginals were one of eighteen tribes known as the Ngarrindjeri.

It was in 1830 when Captain Charles Sturt and his companions travelled down the river in whale boat on a mission to see where the river flowed. They were to discover a large river known as Moorundie to the local Aboriginals. This river, named by Captain Charles Sturt, was the River Murray. They were to follow the river to it’s mouth.

On the 8th February, 1830, the party camped at what is called Sturt Reserve. On reaching the mouth of the river, they were disappointed to see that it would be too difficult for ships to navigate because of the sandbars and the unpredictable Southern Ocean. Retracing their steps, Captain Sturt was to recommend the Murray Valley as ideal for settlement.

Built by William Randell at Noa-no, the Mary Ann was the first paddle steamer to sail on the Murray River, steaming past Murray Bridge in March 1853. Within 10 years, there were 30 steamers and by 1880 this was to grow to 100 steamers and 200 barges engaging in trade on the Murray, Murrumbidgee and Darling Rivers.

The first person to buy property was George Edwards. Located north of the two bridges, near what is known today as Hume Reserve, he named it Coninka. Stock swam across the river near the home, and the place came to be known as “Edward’s Crossing”. Another name was that of “Turn-Off”, because drovers would divert from the north towards Adelaide, cross the river or follow the river south. However, as more people came to live in the area, the settlement became known as Mobilong.

It was when the first bridge was built over the Murray River during 1873-1879 that the town became known as Murray Bridge, but it wasn’t until 1924 before the name became official. The building of the bridge saw rapid development of the town.

Source: Murray Bridge Visitor Information Centre

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The Rural City of Murry BridgeMurray Bridge Visitor Information Centre
3 South Terrace
Ph: 08 8539 1142
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun and public holidays 10 am - 4 pm
Closed Christmas Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Murray Bridge Attractions

Monarto Zoological ParkMonarto Zoological Park
• Princes Hwy, MONARTO SA 5254 • Ph: +61 8 8534 4100 • Email (Admin) / Email (Tours)
A 1,000 hectare open-range sanctuary that has a major role nationally and internationally in breeding programs for rare and endangered species. Located only 45 minutes (70 kms) from Adelaide, take the Monarto exit off the South Eastern Freeway to the Princes Highway and follow the signs. If you are coming from the east, take the Murray Bridge exit off the South Eastern Freeway to the Princes Highway and follow the signs.
Captain’s Cottage Museum
• 12 Thomas St, MURRAY BRIDGE SA 5253 • Ph: 08 8531 0049
The museum is housed in an original river boat “Captain’s Cottage” and details the history of Murray Bridge and surrounding areas. Built around the turn of the century, it was owned by Captain Adam Johnstone, where he lived with his family. A visit to the museum is a step back in time with a large collection of photos and memorabilia, a total of some 5,500 items and 250 photographs.

Stories include the process of swamp reclamation, the dairy industry, the dry land farming challenges, the river trade and it’s paddle steamer era, the European settlement, the growth of Murray Bridge from a crossing place to a large regional centre, and the cottage kitchen of those early days. There are also model river boats and cottages on display. The property includes the old laundry building, farming implements, the tree trunk horse trough, engine shed with fire engine, vintage tractors, the old river boat rudder, and a number of other sheds that protect historic farming machinery.

Facilities are accessible to wheelchairs and disabled people. There are guided tours available.
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Murray Bridge Tours

SA ToursOutback  • EcoAdventureNational Tours
Murray Bridge Passenger Service
• 18 Alma Ave, MURRAY BRIDGE SA 5253 • Ph: 08 8532 2633 • Fax: 08 8531 0041 • Email
The passenger transport company servicing the Murray Mallee region. Service includes scheduled commuter routes to and from Adelaide and surrounding townships, special event charters, private charters and tours on request, as well as school buses.
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Murray Bridge Distance

Distance to Murray Bridge
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Murray Bridge:
Adelaide 78
Blanchetown 119
Bordertown 200
Coorong 120
Goolwa 81
Mannum 33
Meningie 77
Naracoorte 262
• Pinnaroo 169
Tailem Bend 25
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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