Murray River Lakes and Coorong Visitor Guide : 2015-2016 Murray River Lakes and Coorong VG
Bowhill SWAN REACH 167 kilometres from Adelaide map reference G1 Murray River BOWHILL 127 kilometres from Adelaide map reference G3 This small riverfront settlement is only a short distance from Mannum. With boat ramp access, Bowhill is a popular location for all kinds of water sports. A collection of riverside shacks makes this small town an affordable place for a Murray River holiday. The popular Bowhill General Store has just about everything you’ll need, including food, alcohol, souvenirs, and fishing and water sport supplies. Thirteen kilometres south-east of Bowhill lies Lowan Conservation Park. Made up of Mallee scrub and grey cypress pines, this is a great place to see native wildlife or for a spot of birdwatching. TOWNS Resort features riverfront accommodation, boat ramp, swimming pool, tennis courts and private walking trails. Attractions NILDOTTIE 122 kilometres from Adelaide map reference G2 Nildottie boasts panoramic views of one of the most pristine stretches of water on the Murray River. A visit to the Big Bend lookout offers breathtaking views of the Big Bend cliffs. Visitors can take a guided tour (group bookings only) with the local Nganguraku people to the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Site at nearby Kroehn’s Landing, home to an ancient archaeological site up to 20 million years old and the Ngaut Ngaut boardwalk that meanders up the cliffs. WALKER FLAT 107 kilometres from Adelaide map reference F2 With its tall, ochre coloured cliffs, and superb lookouts, Walker Flat is one of the most spectacular spots on the river and a popular mooring for houseboats. There are two lookouts, one above the ferry and one between Walker Flat and Aruma River Resort. Town facilities include a boat ramp, free 24 hour ferry, a general store and plenty of holiday accommodation. Aruma River PURNONG 150 kilometres from Adelaide map reference G3 One of the Murray River’s major irrigation areas, Purnong’s onions are exported all over the world. You can cross the river here via the free 24 hour ferry. COME AND SEE OUR NEW DISPLAYS IN THE OLD SCHOOL BUILDING OPEN: Wednesday 10am–1pm Saturday 10am–12pm Sunday 2–4:30pm Or by appointment. PO Box 34, 22 Nildottie Road, Swan Reach Ph: (08) 8570 2019 or (08) 8570 2326 (Lyn) Mob: 0427 702 223 (Popsy) murray river towns | themurrayriver.com.au 13 The area around Swan Reach is renowned for its towering cliffs, including Big Bend which boasts the tallest cliffs and is believed to be up to 20 million years old. The area is rich in fossils, flora and fauna, such as wombats and kangaroos. On a Big Bend by Night nocturnal tour, visitors can access Punyelroo Caves (also accessible from the western or right bank five kilometres downstream from Swan Reach). SWAN REACH MUSEUM The Aboriginal name for this area is ‘Kongorong’, which refers to the large number of Black swans that live here. This attractive river town was settled in 1899 when the owner of Swan Reach station, Paul Hasse subdivided a portion of his land. During the first half of the 20th century, the town fought a constant battle with flood, culminating in 1956 when most of the businesses on the main street were washed away. View more than 500 historic photographs from the 1956 flood at the Swan Reach Museum. Today, Swan Reach has been proudly rebuilt and boasts an excellent hotel with sweeping river views. Facilities include a nine hole golf course with greens, a free 24 hour ferry, general store and boat ramp. The Swan Reach Caravan Park, just 100 metres from the boat ramp is the ideal place to stay.