Tailem Bend over the years has become a hub of destination. The Princes Highway that takes in the Limestone Coast and the Murraylands connecting Adelaide to Melbourne via Mount Gambier. The Dukes Highway, connects Adelaide and Melbourne via Bordertown and Ballarat. The Mallee Highway, connects Adelaide and Sydney via Pinnaroo and Ouyen in Victoria. Not forgetting Karoonda Road that takes you to Loxton then to Mildura and on to Sydney.
Local Aboriginals have had a large influence in the area and still have, to this day, with their sites of significance around Tailem Bend and a shop called “Mamathang”.
There is a pleasant walking trail around the town which takes about a hour or a longer River Bend Heritage Trail along the river.
Walk to Wellington where you will find the historical hotel and Court House, have a meal or coffee and read stories of the area which started back in 1839.
Wellington had become one of the most important settlements on the Murray. The ferry also established in 1839 became the only point where traffic could cross the Murray. In 1840 a township was surveyed and named after the Duke of Wellington. It grew rapidly as a major transportation stopover point.
Wellington was the first stop for paddle steamers on the Murray north of Goolwa and Milang and it was also the stopover point for people crossing the Murray from Adelaide to Victoria. During the 1850s, it became an important point on the gold run from the Victorian goldfields across to Adelaide. This was also the crossing for the gold shipments that were taken to Adelaide during the gold rush days. The entrance to Lake Alexandrina begins near here.
On the South Eastern Freeway heading towards Murray Bridge you’ll find the popular Tailem Town. Walk back in time to the period of 1865 to 1965. This pioneer village is set over 20 hectares with 13 streets and 102 buildings. All buildings have collectables, memorabilia and antiques. See Dawn Shepherd’s collection of free standing engines.
When you do visit Tailem Bend be sure to visit the Visitor Information Outlet situated in the Old Railway Station, take a look in the Railway Museum that has well preserved and set up by the dedicated local ex-railway workers that still live in the town.