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Swan Reach, SA

The area around Swan Reach is renowned for its towering cliffs, including Big Bend – which boasts the tallest cliffs along the entire length of the Murray River. Rich in fossils, flora and fauna, Big Bend is believed to be up to 20 million years old.

Swan Reach boasts an excellent hotel with river views and a nine hole golf course. The town also has a 24 hour ferry, general store and boat ramp.

The Aboriginal name for this area is Kongorong, which refers to the large number of black swans that live in the area. White settlement was established in 1899 when Swan Reach Station owner Paul Hasse subdivided a portion of his land. Perched on the banks of the Murray, the first half of the twentieth century saw the river fight a constant battle with flood, culminating in the massive washouts of 1917, 1931 and 1956. The most devastating was in 1956, when most of the businesses in the main street were washed away. More than 200 historic photographs from the flood can be seen in the Swan Reach Museum, located in the original school building, circa 1917.

Where to stay?


  • Caravan and Camping
  • Farm/Station
  • Rural/Country
  • Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
  • Self-Drive

Popular Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Golfing
  • Skiing - Water
  • Swimming
  • Golfing
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Wildlife

About Swan Reach

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Swan Reach Postcode: 5354
  • State: South Australia
  • Region: Murray River Lakes and Coorong
  • Latitude: -34.56752
  • Longitude: 139.59798
  • Elevation: 23m
  • Population: 283
  • Median Income: $22984
  • Area (Sq/km): 382.139
  • Timezone: Australia/Adelaide

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