108 kilometres from Adelaide
At the junction of the Murray River and Lake Alexandrina, Wellington is the gateway to some of Australia's largest freshwater lakes. Settled in 1838, Wellington is one of the river's oldest towns and when a ferry service opened in 1846 it was the only point where travellers could cross the river for many years.
By the late 1890s, Wellington was almost swallowed up by sand as thousands of grazing animals were driven past the town on their way from the south coast, exposing the sand dunes that began to drift into town.
Today, Wellington is a relaxed holiday town that has various accommodation, barbecue facilities, a general store and boat ramp. Visitors can explore the original courthouse and police station, now a museum and tea rooms. The free 24 hour ferry is still the only way to cross the river at Wellington.
Wellington is home to one of the state's oldest continually operating hotels, established in 1848 and still offering great river views from its dining room.
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