South Australian’s love spending time by the river! From Tailem Bend to Meningie, take a look at some experiences to enjoy on your stay-cay in the Murray, Lakes and Coorong.
Located at the junction of the Dukes, Princes and Mallee highways, Tailem Bend is a popular stop for travellers.
Tailem Bend was once a hub for train passengers and railway lifestyle. Aside from the appeal of the collection in the museum at the Railway Station, Tailem Bend also sees regular freight train and the occasional interstate passenger trains passing through. Tailem Bend’s railway identity is also embodied in its human heritage: ex-railway workers and train drivers. Some of these retired railway personnel are now volunteers at the Railway Station, giving tours of railway memorabilia. Tailem Bend Visitor Information Outlet explains the town’s strong historical links with transport.
For delicious locally sourced and processed olive oils visit The Big Olive – with oil tasting and tours of the factory upon request. The council office in the main street is also home to the Coorong Art Gallery with rotating exhibitions and artwork for sale. For a pub-meal try the Riverside Hotel, with magnificent views over the River Murray.
Old Tailem Town is Australia’s largest pioneer village, providing a unique view of the life and times of our forebears. This collection of 110 buildings includes shops, a school and a cinema, many with original furniture and fittings plus exhibitions of cars, trucks, farming equipment and more. Old Tailem Town is also reputed to be the most haunted ghost town, so take a guided tour, if you dare.
The Bend Motorsport Park is Australia’s premier multi- purpose multisport facility that hosts a 7.77 km bitumen racing circuit, drag racing strip and drift racing circuit plus much more. A must-visit for motorsport lovers.
WILLOW POINT WINES
While not commonly known as a wine region, the Murraylands viticultural scene is growing in reputation. Willow Point Wines are produced from vineyards at White Sands and Langhorne Creek with a range including red and white varietals and fortifieds. Sample the range at their White Sands cellar door, which also provides a range of locally sourced and homemade gourmet foods, along with barista coffee.
NGARKAT CONSERVATION PARK
There’s so much to see and do at Ngarkat Conservation Park, you’ll want to come back again and again. Home to an abundance of native flora and fauna, Ngarkat also features historic assets including Nanam Well and Box Flat historic ruins. There are a number of walking trails, four-wheel-drive and mountain bike tracks, and 10 designated camp sites. If planning a visit in spring, Ngarkat comes alive with wildflowers and native bird song.
The pink lake is a great spot to take a rest between Tailem Bend and Meningie, stretch the legs and capture a few special pictures of this unique salt lake, coloured by the red-orange pigment beta carotene in the water, which gives the lake a vivid pink appearance at certain times of the year.
Nestled near the tranquil waters of Lake Albert, Meningie is the northern gateway to the Coorong. Meningie is the perfect spot to unwind. Fishing, boating, skiing, walking trails and fabulous sunsets await visitors to this idyllic country town. A short walk to Meningie Hill Lookout provides views over Lake Albert and the surrounding pastoral properties, while a wetland bird sanctuary is a haven for many birds seen in the Coorong.
THE LAKE ALBERT GOLF CLUB AND MENINGIE CHEESE FACTORY RESTAURANT AND MUSEUM
The Lake Albert Golf Club has a fine reputation for its manicured course and resident bird life. For a dining and history hit, the Meningie Cheese Factory Restaurant and Museum offers fine food and an insight into the area. Regardless of where you dine, bring a healthy appetite. The famous Coorong Mullet is a must.
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The Chambers, formerly known as the Meningie Institute, is home to Coorong Cottage Industries which offers a wide selection of arts, crafts and local produce.
THE PELICAN PATH
The Pelican Path (Yunti Ngopun Ngami – the Ngarrindjeri phrase for ‘Together We Walk’) is a 400metre interpretive path along the waterfront which highlights European, Aboriginal and environmental history of the Meningie region, with basket weaving and fish trap inlays and architecturally designed viewing platforms. While strolling down the waterfront you’ll see the iconic Birdman Ostrich sculpture, a great photo opportunity!
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