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Blanchetown  South Australia

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A Murray River township 133km north-east of Adelaide, Blanchetown enjoyed its heyday in the mid-19th century.

In those days Blanchetown was an important riverbank terminal where goods were offloaded from paddle-steamers to be cleared through the local Customs House. The town’s prosperity foundered when the railway by-passed it in favour of upstream Morgan.

Today it presents a fascinating mix of historic buildings and a motley cluster of riverside weekenders fashioned largely from corrugated iron, fibro and driftwood.

Over the years, however, shacktown has gathered a certain celebrity and the owners have formed their own association to look after their properties and interests.

The first of a series of seven locks on the Murray was constructed at Blanchetown in 1922.

Interestingly, the Bookfield Conservation Park 11km out of town - a dedicated habitat for the southern, hairy-nosed wombat - is partly funded by the Chicago Zoological Society.

Eight kilometres out of town, the Golden Crest Gardens present a wealth of exotic plants and fruits.


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