Morgan, SA: Destination Guide

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and unwind with a relaxing weekend getaway in the riverside town of Morgan.

Read on to discover the best things to do and see in Morgan or find and book accommodation in Morgan today.

About Morgan

There is something spiritually medicinal about a river escape; relaxing in your favourite camping chair and watching the world float by. Morgan is one such destination. In its prime, Morgan was the commercial hub of the region, with its large railhead being the last stop for the riverboat trade before being shipped by rail around the country. While steeped in history, Morgan is just as memorable for its laid back surrounds and its small town feel, and today offers travellers beautiful scenery and a charming atmosphere.

Things to do in Morgan

As you’d expect from a river side town, Morgan is awash with watersports, offering great opportunities for water skiing, canoeing and more. The town also offers history buffs a real treat, with a number of museums and historic sites that tell the tale of the Morgan of old.

Morgan also acts as a picturesque base from which to visit to the historic town of Burra and the world-class wine region of the Clare Valley.

Attractions in Morgan

Morgan Heritage Walk

Get acquainted with Morgan with this history packed stroll around town. While the walk should only take you 60 minutes, you will visit 46 historic sites around the town, including the courthouse and the customs house, and offers a panoramic view of the town and the river.

Historic Port and Morgan Museum

Morgan’s rich history is on show and at its best at the Morgan Museum. Located in the Landseer Building – an old shipping agent’s storehouse – the museum is home to an impressive collection of old engines, wagons and more, and brings to life stories from the paddle steamer era. The wharf precinct is also a remarkable site, while the historic railway station-cum-museum offers fascinating historical photos that detail river and rail history.

Shipwrecks trail

There are a number of stranded barges dating back to the paddle wheel era located around town, some of them submerged and some left high and dry. While interesting in their own right, these abandoned barges also make for excellent fishing spots.

Cadell

At just over a half hour drive down the river, Cadell is a worthwhile stop on any trip to Morgan. The town is a haven for quality food and drink, and boasts a large selection of local growers and producers of wine, olive oil and gourmet foods. Bird watchers will rejoice at the Cadell Wetlands, which are home to abundant bird life.

Getting to Morgan

Located on the Murray River in South Australia’s east, Morgan is located 161km north east from Adelaide.

By Car

Those coming from north of Adelaide will generally take the path of least resistance, motoring through Gawler and along the Thiele Highway to arrive in Morgan in less than two hours. The alternative is the scenic route through the Barossa Valley, with ample spots to stop along the way to sample the region’s finest food and wine.

Where to stay in Morgan

The Morgan Riverside Caravan Park offers a range of accommodation, including powered and unpowered sites, the former with water, sullage and the choice of grassed or gravelled sites, as well as cabins. For more accommodation options in and around Morgan, click here.