If you are looking for a relaxing weekend out of Adelaide, the small township of Morgan on the Murray is a wonderful country escape. Being one of the smaller towns in the area, it has that warm, country hospitality. While the river is the central theme, the township still ticks all the boxes with plenty of history and local sights to explore, plus the usual criteria: two pubs, a bakery, plenty of eateries, an ice cream shop and an excellent tourist information centre.
THINGS TO DO
If you have the time to travel through the Barossa on your way to Morgan, your tastebuds will be in for a treat. Be sure to include Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop in Nuriootpa on your itinerary, as you can sample a host of goodies before retreating to the deck to enjoy a gourmet hamper with a glass of wine. How does a duck, currant and muscat pate picnic basket sound? Finish off with home-made ice cream (the burnt fig, honeycomb and caramel is our personal favourite) and a coffee made from Barossa-roasted coffee beans; whatever you sample, it is a masterclass of culinary delights.
To further break up your trip to the Murray, turn north off the Sturt highway onto the unsealed Morgan-Blanchetown Road, which traces the western edge of the river. The river leeches out into a network of backwaters, ideal for exploration by paddlecraft, although most of the land abutting the river is privately owned by farmers and is inaccessible.
Once you reach the town of Morgan itself, history buffs are in for a treat. The building that was once the warehouse of the Shipping and Forwarding Agents, AH Landseer, is still standing and bears home to the museum that tells the story of the region. For a gold coin donation, you can admire the historic displays of the riverboats, communication systems, weather events, fossils and much more.
If you like to admire wildlife, the Morgan Lagoon in the conservation park is accessible by vehicle and paddlecraft, offering plenty of opportunities to spy on the birdlife and other animals.
The Thiele Highway is the most direct route from north of the city to Morgan; however, the Barossa Valley detour onto the Sturt Highway is the ideal choice for foodies wanting to explore the area en-route.
- Morgan Museum
- Morgan heritage walk – a 60-minute stroll around town visiting 46 historic sites
- Morgan wharf precinct
- Historic railway station
- Shipwrecks trail
- Morgan Lagoon (birdwatching)
- Relaxing by the river
The full feature appeared in Caravan World #534, February 2015.