Discover Murray River Houseboat Hire Blanchetown

Blanchetown (South Australia)

Blanchetown – home of Lock No. 1

Blanchetown is 135km north-east of Adelaide. The first of a series of locks on the Murray (William Randell Lock in honour of the pioneer of river navigation) was completed in 1922.

Development of the district goes back as far as 1841 when the explorer, Edward John Eyre was appointed as Protector of Aborigines and established the first Murray River European settlement in South Australia.

There is a hotel, ski beach (above the lock) ideal for family/group boating activities, 2 caravan parks, lovely grounds surrounding Lock 1 and 2 stores. The old bridge in the town gives an excellent view of Lock 1 and circling above are hundreds of hungry pelicans that love to feed on the schools of fish near the spillway. Although Blanchetown’s towering cliffs are famous for the grand views of their changing colours, closer inspection reveals fossilised treasures such as starfish, shells and fish.

Enjoy the cellar door of Burk Salter Wines or experience the historic Blanchetown Hotel.

Must See & Do

  • Lock and Weir 1
  • Burk Salter Wines
  • Griffens Marina Houseboats
  • Lookouts

Distances km

Adelaide 139 • Melbourne 772 • Sydney 1272 • Canberra 1057
Waikerie 44 • Morgan 41 • Swan Reach 30 • Mannum 92

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If you’re coming along the Murray River enjoy the Discover Murray River Trail. Get your map for $1.


  • Fuel • Local Store

Visitor Information

BP Blanchetown Roadhouse
Sturt Hwy, Blanchetown SA 5357
Ph: (08) 8540 5060 • Open 24/7

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