Loxton is one of the many beautiful towns located on the Murray River and is known as the “Garden Town of the Riverland” due to its beautifully manicured gardens. Meeting up with some friends at Loxton was a great way to spend a few days on our big adventure. What we didn’t expect though was to find some awesome ways to spend our days there. From the historical village, the amazing adventure playground, a BIG Pelican and an amazing free campsite, Loxton was a wonderful little town to explore.
Originally named after William Charles Loxton, who lived in a little hut by the river whilst working at Bookpurnong Station, the town was first proclaimed in 1907. It wasn’t untill after WW11 when the SA government decided to give ex service men parcels of land at Loxton that the town itself began to grow. They relocated their families to the beautiful riverside town and began to grow citrus, stone fruits and grapes, all of which the area is very well known for aswell. Nowdays it is a thriving little town and a very popular holiday destination.
The Loxton Historical Village
Located on the banks of the Murray River is the Loxton Historical Village. The display has been created with original buildings from the area or built on site with old materials to replicate once standing buildings of the time to form an amazing village which actually feels like you are steeping back in time. It was an absolutely interesting way to spend the day, the boys loved walking into the little shops and listeing to the voices that were activated as you walked into each room.
with items from local or neighbouring churches. The bank which is on display was once the Lameroo Bank of Adelaide and was a working bank from 1909-1973. The cellar which is on display is a recreation of what they would have been like in the day, using materials from the old Loxton hospital to build it. The shelter made from the roots of the Mallee tree was quite interesting as was the recreation house of the one that William Charles Loxton lived in, built only a few metres from where he had originally built his. If you are looking for a very interesting way to spend the day that is quite reasonably priced, Loxton Historical Village is an excellent place to visit.
Cost: Adult $12.50 Child 4-14yrs $6.50
More info: www.thevillageloxton.com.au
Open hours: Open daily 10am – 4pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday)
Located two km north of Loxton is a free campsites on Thiele’s Sandbar. This is an awesome free campsite right in the banks of the river Murray, sheltered by gums and plenty of room for all kinds of set ups. This was our base for the week and it was a very relaxing quiet location, the perfect camp spot. Launching the tinnie from our camp was easy and the boys could play in the sand while we sat and relaxed. Giving the tinnie a good run we were able to drop the yabbie nets off at different locations and catch quite a few yabbies over the week we were there. Charlie even managed to catch the biggest fish, even though it was only a carp!
There are plenty of spots located here, scattered up and down the river so finding your own private site is pretty easy. The track in can get pretty muddy if it rains and is recommend 4wd only but can be accessed by other vehicles of weather permits. There are no amenities available but there are rubbish bins.
The Big Pelican
This little beauty “The Big Pelican ” was originally built as a float in the local Loxton parade and has since been used to promote the town in many different events. The Pelicans pageant days are over now and his home is on the beautiful green banks of the Loxton Caravan park for all visitors to enjoy.
The Tree of knowledge is also located near the Loxton caravan park and has all the flood levels marked out on it. It is quite spectacular to look at and realise just how high the water levels can and have gotten to. The 1956 flood level is still almost incomprehensible, let’s just hope we never see floods like that again.
The Loxton Pioneer Playground
This playground is in a word AWESOME! It had some really unusual play equipment that is amazing fun for the kiddies ( and the BiG kids at heart) . The pirate ship climbing frame in the centre of the park is certainly designed for the older children, while the water wheel and sound game is awesome for children of any ages. There’s plenty of play equipment, toilets, a bicycle track and bbq facilities available at the playground located in the heart of town and is definitely worth a stop. It is also surrounded by beautiful manicured gardens, something that this little river side town has become renown for.
The Murray river itself is just enough to entice people to enjoy this river side town, but if you’re looking for a few extra things to pass the time then our list is sure to help. There’s just something so special about sitting down and watching the world go by from the banks of the mighty Murray River.
Where : Loxton is located on the banks of the Murray River, 250 km north east of Adelaide
Best time of year to visit: Anytime of year, but we particularly like the warmer months along the Murray