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Population 425

This Murray River town was once a thriving port and a stop on the rail trade route to Adelaide. Settlers saw the potential of the region, and Morgan boomed as soon as it was declared a town in 1878. Now it is a quiet holiday destination, but evidence of its boom days can still be seen in the streetscapes and the historic wharf and rail precinct.

Visitor Information

Shell Morgan Roadhouse, 14–18 Fourth St; (08) 8540 2354

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Waikerie

    Waikerie, the citrus centre of Australia, is surrounded by an oasis of irrigated orchards and vineyards in the midst of the mallee-scrub...more

  • Swan Reach

    This quiet little township on the Murray River was once one of five large sheep stations; the original homestead is now the Swan Reach...more

  • Kapunda

    Kapunda is between two wine districts – the Barossa Valley and the Clare Valley – but its history is very different. Copper was discovered...more

In Town

Port of Morgan Museum This comprehensive museum is dedicated to the rail- and river-trade history of Morgan. In the old railway buildings are museum exhibits focusing on the paddlesteamers and trains that were the lifeblood of the town. The Landseer Building has vintage vehicles and a 12 m mural depicting the old Murray River lifestyle. Other highlights are the restored wharf and permanently moored PS Mayflower. Open 2–4pm Wed, Sat and Sun; Riverfront; (08) 8540 2085.

Houseboats: for hire; contact visitor centre for details.

Heritage walk: self-guide trail covers 41 historic sites, including the impressive wharves (1877) standing 12 m high, the customs house and courthouse, the sunken barge and steamer, and the rail precinct; brochure from visitor centre.


Morgan Conservation Park: a diverse landscape of river flats, sand dunes and mallee scrub with abundant birdlife; across the Murray River from Morgan.

White Dam Conservation Park: well known for red and western grey kangaroo populations; 9 km NW.

Cadell: scenic 12 km drive east from Morgan via a ferry crossing (operates 24 hrs) to Cadell, a major citrus-growing region.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Banrock Station, Kingston-on-Murray 65 km

A world leader in sustainable wine-making and tourism, Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre should be high on any ecotourist’s South Australian wish list. Sample the inexpensive wines at the centre, which is 40... Find out more

Wine-tasting - Nuriootpa and Angaston 78 km

Elderton Wines near Nuriootpa is a carbonneutral winery. Its cellar door is partially solar-powered and the vineyard is using biodynamic methods of production. Yalumba in Angaston has three organic wines and an... Find out more

Cycling in the Barossa 85 km

In the Barossa, you can hire bikes from the visitor centre in Tanunda and take the paved 7-kilometre cycle path to Nuriootpa. For a guided, multi-day supported bike tour, sampling the best of the region’s cuisine... Find out more

Campsites around town

Morgan camping area (bush camping) 2 km

There is peaceful bush camping at this site (permits required), accessed by ferry from Morgan or via Cadell Rd on the eastern side of the river. There is also plenty of birdlife on display.... Find out more

Hogwash Bend camping area 18 km

This popular camping area, halfway between Morgan and Waikerie in the Renmark-to-Morgan stretch of the Murray River, is good for tents and vans. It is off Morgan–Waikerie Rd, 21 km north-west of Waikerie.... Find out more

Ramco Point camping area 30 km

This area is situated 5 km west of Waikerie on Ramco Point Rd in the Renmark-to-Morgan stretch of the Murray River. Access to this riverside camping area is signposted off Waikerie–Cadell Rd.... Find out more

Maize Island camping area (bush camping) 36 km

This site offers bush camping with no facilities and is reached from Holder Settlement Rd. Note: you need a permit to camp here; gas fires are allowed.... Find out more

Pooginook camping area 42 km

Conventional vehicles can access this basic campground, though other park tracks are 4WD only. It’s situated 28 km north-east of Waikerie along the Morgan–Renmark Rd, 29 km west of the Nappers Bridge... Find out more

Gluepot Reserve camping area 52 km

There are 5 separate sites for self-sufficient campers (gas/fuel stove only) located within the reserve, 64 km north of Waikerie. The reserve is accessed from Lunn Rd off Morgan–Renmark Rd.... Find out more

Burra Creek Gorge camping area 64 km

Mighty river red gums feature in this extensive reserve on Robertson Rd, 26 km south from Burra on the Heysen Trail. After winter rains the creek environment is a lush habitat for birds and other wildlife. It’s a... Find out more

Swan Reach camping area (bush camping) 65 km

Sites for self-sufficient bush camping are signposted off Swan Reach–Sedan Rd, 10 km west of Swan Reach. Near here, on an unsealed road off the Swan Reach–Walker Flat Rd, are spectacular views of the Murray... Find out more

Mallee camping area 66 km

Striking red cliffs are a feature of this camping spot in open mallee country, 15 km east of Burra. Follow the signpost from Eastern Rd, and come equipped with firewood and preferably a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Ridley camping area (bush camping) 69 km

Self-sufficient bush camping is permitted in the park, 8 km south of Swan Reach on the way to Mannum.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Waikerie Caravan Park 33 km

A large council park close to the river on the edge of town, this is in a pretty setting, easily located, with good amenities and a range of facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

BIG4 Blanchetown Riverside Holiday Park 36 km

This well-maintained park is in a picturesque spot on the banks of the Murray River, just below the Blanchetown lock. It is a smaller, good quality park with a range of accommodation, about 500 metres from the town... Find out more

Kingston-on-Murray Caravan Park 67 km

This is a quiet, waterfront, owner-operated park just off the highway and ideal for a few restful days on the riverbank. The park has good basic facilities and is an enjoyable base for exploring the local area, including... Find out more

Cobdogla Station Caravan Park 72 km

This is a good quality waterfront park in the heart of the Riverland, with expanses of lawn and shady trees. It is easily accessed from the highway and has appeal for those looking for a quiet holiday on the river.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Lake Bonney 77 km

On the shores of Lake Bonney, this popular park is a great holiday base or ideal for an overnight stop. The park is about 1.5 km from the town centre, has a range of accommodation, good amenities and shade. Waterfront... Find out more

Burra Caravan and Camping Park 78 km

This picturesque park is situated alongside a creek just two minutes walk from the centre of Burra, an historic mining town. The park has good basic facilities and plenty of large shady trees. It is an excellent base... Find out more

Barossa Valley Tourist Park 78 km

This good quality Barossa Valley caravan park has a large number of sites, a choice of accommodation and a range of facilities including tennis courts. It is within walking distance of the town centre and close to... Find out more

Tanunda Caravan and Tourist Park 86 km

Enjoy the Barossa Valley experience from this popular park; it is a great base for exploring the fabulous wine-producing region. Located 1.5 km from the town centre, with easy access, it offers patrons a good range of... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bessie’s of Morgan

There’s real history here. Dating from the 1870s, this was one of the first cottages built in the town. Much of its original personality is still intact, especially in the kitchen and old dining room – sunny... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Angus rest area 21 km

24km E of Morgan (R) or 64km W of Sturt Hwy (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Rosies rest area 22 km

25km E of Morgan (L) or 65km W of Sturt Hwy (R)

Surrounded by scrub just off the highway.

Holder Bend camping area 37 km

T/O 3km E of Waikerie (L) or 45km W of Barmera (R)

On the banks of a river 2km north of the highway via Holder Top and Holder Bottom rds.

Waikerie Lookout park area 37 km

2km E of Waikerie (L) or 46km W of Barmera (R)

Just off the highway with good views over a river.

Annadale rest area 45 km

29km E of Truro (L) or 17km W of Blanchetown (R)

Just off the highway among trees. 

Ariverrun rest area 53 km

58km E of Morgan (L) or 32km W of Sturt Hwy (R)

Just off the highway under a few trees.

Baldina rest area 59 km

21km SE of Burra (L) or 64km NW of Morgan (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Banrock rest area 60 km

28km E of Waikerie (R) or 20km W of Barmera (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Burra Creek Gorge camping area 61 km

T/O 16km SE of Burra (R) or 69km NW of Morgan (L)

Secluded bush setting on the banks of the creek 11km south-east of the highway. Donations accepted.

Truro East Rest Area 64 km

1 km E of Truro (L) or 45 km W of Blanchetown (R)

Small area just off the highway among a few large trees. Good shade.

Cooba camping area 70 km

T/O to Moorook

Large campground located 5km (partly unsealed) south-east of the highway on a riverbank in Moorook Game Reserve.

Kaiser Strip camping area 71 km

T/O at Cobdogla

Several small camping sites just off the highway among trees on riverbanks in Loch Luna Game Reserve.

Moorook camping area 71 km

At Moorook

Overlooking a river in the middle of town.

Barmera park area 77 km

At Barmera

Overlooking Lake Bonney.

Lake Bonney camping area 78 km

T/O at Barmera

Among trees on the shores of the lake in Lake Bonney Reserve. Just north of Barmera township via Queen Elizabeth Dr.

Moppa Road rest area 79 km

29km NE of Gawler (L) or 3km W of Nuriootpa (R)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

Hanson rest area 80 km

13km S of Burra (L) or 28km N of Manoora (R)

Just off the highway among a stand of pine trees. 

Winkler park area 82 km

2km S of Saddleworth (L) or 7km N of Riverton (R)

Very small area adjacent to the highway. Limited shade.

Riverton rest area 86 km

At Riverton

Just off the highway among trees. On the south side of town.

Tarlee park area 86 km

At Tarlee

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Katarapko Section camping area 87 km

T/O to Berri

Numerous sites on the riverbanks in Murray River National Park. Located 5km west of Berri via Old Sturt Hwy then 10km south via Winkie Rd. 

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