Located near the point where the Sturt Hwy crosses the River Murray by bridge. It was an important transportation centre during the nineteenth century. It is now an unusual mix of historic buildings and temporary shacks built by holidaymakers on the banks of the river.
From the lookout on the old bridge you have an excellent view of Lock 1, the first of 15, completed in 1922. You won't be the only one taking an interest in this impressive sight. There is an honour guard of hungry pelicans on patrol - hundreds of them - circling above as the foaming water rushes over the spillway.
Although Blanchetown's towering cliffs, lining the river on both sides, are most famous for the beauty of their changing colours, at sunset, the cliffs are also of considerable geological interest and studded with fossils. Blanchetown makes an excellent touring base. This is classic river country, with lagoons, wetlands and a backdrop of vineyards and grazing land. And keep an eye peeled for a sighting of the rare Hairy Nosed Wombat.
With its uncrowded waterways, sheltered river bends and sandy banks along this stretch of the river, the Blanchetown area is popular with watersport enthusiasts keen for a day of play. The combination makes this an ideal, unhurried family holiday destination.
Accommodation options include houseboat hire, holiday homes and caravan parks on the river - or try out daily life on a working farm.