A lower Murray town at the junction of the Dukes and Princes highways in South Australia's Riverlands
, Tailem Bend is dominated by the river and the railway which was for so long its lifeblood. Its importance as a railhead and workshop in the state’s railway network might have diminished with the passage of time, but gandy dancers are still thick on the ground and the views across the Murray as the river takes a sharp bend toward Wellington 11km to the south are as enchanting as ever. Riverfront caravan, camping and boating facilities make fishing, strolling and bird-watching a joy. Houseboats moor at a pontoon and cliff steps lead directly to a comfortable watering hole and a choice of restaurants. A short drive out of town on the Princes Highway takes you to Old Tailem Town, a pioneer village whose 90 restored buildings vividly capture the early days of Mallee settlement. A scenic drive and ferry crossing leads to Jervois and the chance to taste some of the south-east’s finest cheeses.
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