Home of the Murray River Giant Pumpkin Competition!
If big things amaze you and you have never seen a giant pumpkin head to Cadell near Morgan on Easter Saturday for the annual Cadell Harvest Festival and the Murray River Giant Pumpkin Competition.
Cadell was named after Captain Francis Cadell who was the navigator on Captain Sturt’s Murray River voyage in 1853 and one of the State’s prominent ANZAC settlements where returned men were given grants to set up citrus and primary production acreage. Citrus, pumpkins, stone fruit and viticulture are still on offer today although Cadell has experienced a downfall in growing in recent drought years.
Just around the corner is the Morgan Conservation Park where you can see kangaroos and abundant birdlife or try your luck for an elusive Murray Cod or callop at Hogwash Flat Park, a renowned fishing spot in the region.
You will taste some of the best dried apricots in the Riverland region at Cadell so stop over at some of the road side stalls and if you are lucky you will see some of the exquisite dried nectarines and plums too!
The Cadell Interpretative Centre portrays the rich culture that the locals are proud of and Spook Hill Wines offer a pop up cellar door in the centre on long weekends.
A vintage and bric a brac shop operates in the town and you can find fuel stops and a general store.
Cadell has one of the most picturesque riverside picnic grounds on the Murray offering a natural cliff amphitheatre at Graham Claxton Reserve where you can enjoy free barbecues and a place to rest and relax in entrancing surroundings.
The Cadell Community Club is run by the locals, where you can enjoy a top country meal and a quiet beer. Camping is available all year round at the Cadell Oval and B&B’s and homestays are offered at Cadell and surrounds. There is an RV pump out point for the many visitors that come to enjoy the quaint and old world ambiance of this small but superhero like community.
Take a ride on the Cadell Ferry as you make your way from Morgan or Waikerie as it is one of the most famous ferries in Australia. A few years ago the Cadell community overturned a State decision to close the ferry so if you are passing through, support the town and experience beautiful views surrounded by ancient cliffs as you take a rest on the legendary Cadell Ferry.