Murray Bridge, Australia

Murray Bridge is a city in southeastern South Australia. With a population of 14,000 people (2012 estimate), it is the fourth biggest city in the state after Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Whyalla. It is about 76 km (47 mi) to the southeast of Adelaide.

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The history of Murray Bridge goes back to 1830, when Charles Sturt became the first European to explore the area. Before the settlement was established, the area was home to the Ngarrindjeri tribe of indigenous people, who called the site Pomberuk.

The settlement was originally known as Mibilong. It was renamed Edwards Crossing before arriving at the present name in 1924. The namesake bridge across the Murray River was first built in 1879. A railway line was built across that bridge in 1886. In 1925, a separate bridge was built for trains. Since the completion of the Swanport Bridge for the South Eastern Freeway in 1979, volume on the Murray Bridge has reduced somewhat.

The Murray Bridge area experiences a semi-arid climate. Summers are warm while winters cool. February is the hottest month here, when the average high temperature rises to 29.3°C (84.7°F). Coldest month is July, with average low temperature of 5.4°C (41.7°F). August is the wettest month, receiving 37.1 mm (1.461 in) of precipitation.

Visiting Murray Bridge

Fly to Adelaide, then rent a car to drive to Murray Bridge. The South Eastern Freeway (M1) connects the two cities.

Sights & Attractions to visit in Murray Bridge

  1. Brayfield Park Lavender Farm
    A place to enjoy the beauty of lavenders, this farm produce skin care products from lavender.

  2. Mulga Sanctuary and Wildlife Park
    Wildlife reserve for native and exotic animals in Murray Bridge.

  3. Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
    Art gallery showcasing the works of local artists and crafts people.

  4. Sunnyside Reserve
    Nature reserve on the Murray River. Cruises are available on boats and steamers to enjoy the sceneries here.

  5. Swanport Wetlands
    Protected wetland area covering 19.4 hectares in Murray Bridge. Wooden causeway allows you to appreciate the wetlands without soiling your feet.

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