Brookfield Conservation Park
Nearby is the Brookfield Conservation Park 11km out of town, a dedicated habitat and breeding ground for the southern hairy-nosed wombats that can be seen grazing on the western side of the river. You can also see wombats on the Morgan road at dusk coming up from their burrows. The park is partly funded by the Chicago Zoological Society.
Blanchetown’s history is full of quirky stories such as this: the Post Office building was originally intended to be a railway station, but the rail plans changed and no track was ever built. Discover more about its history by undertaking the Blanchetown Historical Walk. Pick up a copy of the booklet from various outlets in the town.
Historical Blanchetown Hotel
Probably the most interesting building in the area is the Blanchetown Hotel which has been trading on its present site since 1858. The Hotel license is actually older than this because the license was transferred to the current site from a position further downstream. The building itself is a gem of pioneer construction. The rafters were shaped with a broad axe.
The 6 x 8 inch nails used were hand made. The roof rests on rough shaped sapling bearers which still, incidentally, retain their original bark. Mind you, the bar area has been modernised to a degree but, fortunately, the licensee, who has an eye for preserving the original building, has not in any way changed any other section. All this is certainly a building which must be visited by anyone who enjoys historical architecture. There are many other items of interest for the tourist, just ask the Hotel staff.
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All welcome. Go to the Blanchetown RSL page for events, pics & more info.
Blanchetown Kart Club
Blanchetown Pistol Club
Blanchetown Community Gardens
Blanchetown Accommodation & General Services
See Blanchetown friendly links (right-hand column, under ARCHIVES).
Blanchetown Combined Sporting Bodies Incorporated – Aussie Rules Football, Netball, Lawn Bowls. Contact info here.
Blanchetown Equestrian Services
Annual Blanchetown Events
Blanchetown Hotel’s annual Yabby Races.
Blanchetown Hotel’s annual Footy tipping competition.
Road Rats & Customs’ annual Picnic by the River at Blanchetown.
Novita’s annual Mighty River Run.
Blanchetown RSL‘s commemorative events, celebrations & participation – Anzac Day, Remembrance Day, Veteran’s Day, Overseas Commemorations, Birthdays, Public Holidays, (winter) Eightball Championship, AFL Grand Final Day… & much more.
Boat, fish, water-ski & swim in the mighty Murray River.
Observe the plentiful wildlife. Blanchetown is home to a stunning variety of birds, reptiles & mammals.
Boat enthusiasts will revel in the passing of a beautiful old River Boat… or the roar of a V8 speedboat.
Or take in the peace & tranquility of our region. Maybe you could just sit by the river & grow a beard.
Check out the links in the right-hand column for more Blanchetown related stuff.