Murray Bridge, which overlooks a broad sweep of the Murray River, is South Australia's largest river town and the hub of the Murraylands region. When it was settled in the 1850s Murray Bridge was a centre for the riverboat traders.

Murray Bridge was named for the first bridge to be built across the Murray River, and became a major river port once the rail link to Adelaide, 82km away, was built in 1884. Now its landmarks are the three bridges which span the river – the road bridge, opened in 1879, the rail bridge (1925), and the Swanport bridge (1979).

With river trade a thing of the past, Murray Bridge is now an important tourism and agricultural centre, with industries such as dairy farming, chickens, pigs, glasshouse tomatoes, and cereal crops. Milk factories at Murray Bridge and nearby Jervois process 85% of the state's dairy products. Watersports, river cruises and excellent accommodation make Murray Bridge a perfect holiday spot, with easy access to Adelaide via the South Eastern Freeway.

Population

12831

Climate

Cool Temperate

Summer:
19.5 - 29.3°C
Winter: 16.1 - 26.4°C

Rainfall:
347mm/year (wettest months April to September)