The nearby town of Wellington is also on the Murray and has had a ferry since 1849. However the place is barely a village today, although on the Eastern side of the River there is a pleasant man-made marina and settlement, with a most congenial cafe overlooking the water.
The colonial authorities saw the river crossing as an ideal spot to build a Courthouse, Police Station and Post Office. This building is now an excellent museum, B&B and cafe. The cafes and the river crossing make this a most relaxing place to visit !
Holiday visitors travelling from the south east corner of Australia (eg Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales) could do a lot worse than to cross the Murray at Wellington and detour via the Fleurieu Peninsula, rather than heading straight for Adelaide along the Freeway.
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