The first lock system on the Murray River – Home of Lock 1

Home of the first ever lock on the Murray River ‘Lock 1”. Blanchetown is a small township approximately 130km from Adelaide off the Sturt Highway which starts your journey into the Riverland region.

Lock 1 was the first of 13 locks and weirs built on the Murray and was completed in 1922.  The Lock chamber is approximately 56 feet by 275 feet (17 by 83 metres) and is a popular feeding ground for pelicans and river birds waiting for their daily catch.

The remaining old Blanchetown Bridge built in 1963 provides viewing upstream and downstream and the new bridge built in 1998 provides a picturesque crossover.

Both the Lock and the eerie old gums in the water on the northern side of the bridge are a must see and excellent photographic opportunity.

If you are looking for a break, the historic Blanchetown Hotel perched on the hill takes you back to open rafters and original stonework with an extensive historic photo collection of the early days of the lock and don’t miss the inviting outdoor bistro.  Australia Day always make your way to this favourite watering hole where yabbies takeover during the Australia Day Yabbie Races.

Relaxing riverside reserves and caravan park, Burke Salter Wines and the Brookfield Conservation park close by, Blanchetown is a popular riverside holiday and house boating destination.