There is plenty to explore within the Rural City of Murray Bridge.
Murray Bridge is a thriving Rural city centred around the banks of the Murray River. The city centre has everything the visitor could need including a large regional shopping centre, accommodation, restaurants, hotels and sporting facilities. Murray Bridge is an excellent base for watersports.
Callington was settled in 1847 after a bullock driver discovered green copper ore. Named after a copper mining town in Cornwall, England, Callington became South Australia's second surveyed town. Booming during the 1850s, Callington was once home to five mines, including Australia's first commercially successful copper smelter.
Today, a historic powder hut stands as one of the few reminders of the copper mining industry. Heritage buildings, including several churches and a flour mill, line the town's streets, and the Callington Hotel holds one of the stat's oldest pub licenses. While in town, make sure you explore the Callington Heritage Trail by car or by foot.
A valuable dairy farming area, Jervois is located on the scenic Wellington-Murray Bridge Road. Named after South Australia's Governor Jervois, who officiated during the 1880s, the small town has a free 24hour ferry crossing to Tailem Bend. Take care when driving in the Jervois area during the early morning or mid-afternoon, as cows crossing the road for milking are a common sight.
Settled in 1854, Monarto is a small farming town not far from Murray Bridge and is home to the spectacular open-range Monarto Zoological Park, which is internationally renown for its breeding programs.
Mypolonga is a small river community known locally for its fruit orchards and large vegetable crops. If visiting, keep a look out for roadside stalls - a great place to pick up some fresh produce. Woodlane Reserve is a favourite spot for serious waterskiers, with its large grassed areas and barbecues right on the riverfront making it a perfect picnic spot that the family will enjoy.
Wellington was named by John Morphett in 1836, settled in 1838 and is located at the junction of the Murray River and Lake Alexandrina. The first South Australian ferry on the Murray River was established at Wellington in 1846 and it was the only point where travellers could cross the river in South Australia for many years. Wellington is the home of one of the oldest continually operating hotels in the state, licensed in 1848.Visitors can also explore the original courthouse and police station, now a museum, bed & breakfast and tea rooms. By the late 1890s, Wellington was almost swallowed up by sand as thousands of grazing animals passed the town on their way from the south coast, exposing the sand dunes that began to drift into town. Today Wellington is a relaxed holiday town and the free 24hour ferry is still the only way to cross the river at Wellington.
White Sands & Riverglen
The breathtaking nature of the White Sands & Riverglen waterfront areas attract visitors to the area who enjoy watersports such as swimming, fishing and waterskiing.
Woods Point is a small farming town on the Murray.