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Tailem Bend

Tailem Bend is the first town you arrive at if you drive east from Adelaide. Many a traveller has been pleasantly surprised by what they find when they leave the highway and arrive in the town centre.

Tailem Bend ‘an hour from anywhere’ – Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa Valley, the Riverland, and the Fleurieu Peninsula. This makes it the ideal place to stay and venture out for daily visits around the region.

Visit Old Tailem Town, a replica colonial village. Picnic on the river’s edge, where you can sit in peace and enjoy the scenery.

Pioneer village

You can pick up a lot about the region’s European history at Old Tailem Town, one of Australia’s largest pioneer villages, five kilometres from Tailem Bend off the freeway to Adelaide. The centre opened in 1988 to preserve Australian social history, with the conservation of 90 old buildings and the restoration and presentation of various relics, including old railway equipment, along 12 streets.
Nearby, the Coorong, an inland sea of shimmering, shallow lagoons running south from the Murray River, remains an untouched bastion of coastal wilderness.
A protected national park, the region is home to more than 200 nesting bird species and 275 plant species. Pelicans breed here in large numbers. Banded stilts, black swans, Australian shelducks, Pacific black and musk ducks and chestnut teals bob on the water and add to the early morning noise. Keen birdwatchers spend hours seeking the elusive rufous bristlebird and the exquisite firetail.
Those with a desire to experience Australia’s indigenous culture head for Camp Coorong, an Aboriginal cultural centre where visitors can stay and learn about the lifestyle of Australia’s first  inhabitants. Camp Coorong is run by the Ngarrindjeri people to teach visitors about bush food, traditional life and Dreaming stories. Learn about the Ngarrindjeri people’s relationship with land and their culture; view a midden site; watch the art of Ngarrindjeri basket-weaving and gain insights into the environment, animals, medicine and food plants of the Coorong.

Activites and Experiences at Tailem Bend

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Art and Craft making
  • Barbecue
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Fishing – Estuary
  • Exercising
  • Gambling
  • Golfing
  • Industrial
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Walking
  • Accommodation
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Coach Stop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Places of Worship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Fishing
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Food and Wine
  • Gambling
  • Golf
  • Health and Fitness
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Industry/Mining, Agriculture
  • National Park
  • Nature based
  • Water based
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Group
  • Self-Drive
  • Senior

Nearest Airport: Adelaide

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