Murray Town

Take a break from your journey and enjoy the peace and quiet of Murray Town. This is a great place to stretch the legs, let the kids burn some energy on the playground and even throw a few snags on the barbecue.

The local camp ground means you can rest your head for a night before continuing your travels. However Murray Town wasn’t always so peaceful. Settlers arrived in 1883 and turned Murray Town into a bustling community of grocers, bakers, butchers, pawn brokers and general stores. Teams transporting livestock and wheat would often pass through the town, and it earned its name from pioneer Alexander Murray, who introduced the Murray Merino sheep breed. Bullock and horse teams, hauling wheat through Murray Town to Port Germein, were well serviced by the blacksmiths and fodder supplies. Drivers would quench their thirst at the local pub while resting their teams at the cattle yards located across the road.

A scenic park is nestled in the heart of Murray Town and offers a BBQ and picnic area. Relax with family or friends in a natural setting with simple, unhindered views. Magnificent River Red Gum trees offer shade from the summer sun. The history of Murray Town is revealed on plaques at the park and with an old plough, made at the Murray Town Blacksmith Shop in 1900, on display.

Check out Murray Town’s more quirky attractions like the Stobie Pole Mural Project. The artistic murals breathe life into these otherwise plain everyday objects. Also be sure to stop by the Southern Flinders’ renowned cellar doors located just out of town.

Murray Town’s claim to fame is the Annual Spring Murray Town Auction. Residents and visitors from around the region and further afield descend on the town oval on the fourth Sunday in September to snare a bargain. Goods sold include second-hand goods, farm machinery, furniture, antiques and everything in between. Be free with your bidding as all money raised benefits the community.

PO Box 94
Melrose SA 5483
Tel: 08 8666 2014| Fax: 08 8666 2169