Between Wellington and Tailem Bend lies the River Bend Heritage Trail, a 15 mi looped hiking and cycling trail that starts and ends at Punt Road, Tailem Bend Ferry Terminal, South Australia.
A flat, well-signposted route, the white River Bend Heritage Trail markers will show you the way as the trail follows the Murray River, taking in many points of interest on the route, from wildlife spots to cultural sights; walk the flats and see the historic sites that were once part of the Jervois dairying region, pass the native flora and fauna of two nature reserves, take in river views, the East Wellington Pangarinda botanic gardens, and the long, winding levee banks.
The trail has a total elevation gain of 664 ft and is graded as a Medium hike. (For information on how we grade trails, please click here.)
The well-maintained track is usually completed in 1 day for cyclists of most ages and abilities, and hikers with moderate fitness, or spread across 2 days with an overnight stay in Wellington or along the trail, where you can choose to camp or book a room at local accommodation. Caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info, click here.
For the River Bend Heritage Trail, it’s recommended to park at the car park located at the Tailem Bend Rail Museum and Information Centre, just a 10-minute walk from the trailhead at Punt Road.
Dogs are allowed in the Mowantjie Willauwar Conservation Park and must be kept on a leash, but they are not permitted within the Murrundi Wetland Reserve.