Tailem Bend Walking Journeys
Tailem Bend has several walks/trails, a number of them are available right within the town centre. Below is the link to 5 different journeys in and around Tailem Bend: River Rail Road Trail, Geocaching Loop, Main Street Attractions, River Bend Heritage Trail and Historic Rail Trail (seperate map available here): Tailem Bend Walking Trails Map(817 kb)
1. Geocaching is a fun outdoor treasure hunting game that anyone with a GPS or smartphone can play. Watch the Geocaching in the Murraylands YouTube video to learn what it’s all about!
The loop outlined in the above map (Tailem Bend Walking Trails Map) highlights the top caches around town: take in many of Tailem Bend’s attractions including Dickson Reserve, the golf course, the ferry and the Rotunda. You can ride this trail or walk it!
2. The River Rail Road Trail is an easy 2.5km walk that highlights some fantastic sights around Tailem Bend, including the beautiful Mighty Murray. Along the way are markers with health tips and facts to help you out every day. Come to Tailem and take a lap of the trail soon. Download the Tailem Bend Walking Brochure above for an easy to follow map: Tailem Bend Walking Trails Map(817 kb).
3. The River Bend Heritage Trail is a loop trail along Australia’s mighty Murray River, between Tailem Bend and Wellington, South Australia.
This walking trail includes many sites of interest:
- Historic Jervois and its buildings of yesteryear
- historic dairy properties on the Jervois to Wellington Road
- levee bank of the Jervois irrigation lands
- Murrundi Reserve with opportunity to view the river wildlife
- East Wellington Pangarinda Botanic Garden
- Historic Wellington cemetery
- Mowantjie-Willauwar Conservation Park
For more information click here to be directed to the Walking SA website.
4. Main Street Attractions
A stroll down the main street that encompasses the Railway Park with its loco, the Station Master’s home, the Coorong Art Gallery and Rotunda. Keep an eye out for the main street menagerie and green sheep in the playground!
5. Historic Rail Trail
Enjoy a rail themed walk, drive or ride amongst some of Tailem Bend’s buildings that make the town’s history! This Historic Rail Trail will take you for a trip down memory lane and will feature many of the town’s historic facts and anecdotes along the way.
Tailem Bend Historic Rail Trail Map(2623 kb)
Lower Murray Canoe Trail
Council was successful in receiving funding from Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources through the Fund My Project - Riverine RecoveryProgram to develop a canoe trail between Tailem Bend and Wellington.
The trail aims to educate river users with an understanding and appreciation of the Riverine Environment and History (native fish, birds, vegetation, and environmental water use). Jump on social media and follow us to all the amazing attractions the trail has to offer! It is an interactive canoe/kayak trail featuring, stunning surrounds, interpretive signage and geocaches.
Murray Coorong Trail - Under Construction
The Coorong District Council, in partnership with the Rural City of Murray Bridge and Mid Murray Councils has been successful in securing grant funding to start construction of a new regional walking trail, named the Murray Coorong Trail.
The Murray Coorong Trail, which is expected to bring significant tourism and recreation benefits to the region, will look to cater for walking, cycling and horse riding where possible.
A feasibility study of the Murray Coorong Trail has already been completed and outlines a route which travels some 450km from Cadell to Salt Creek, and as close as possible to the River Murray.
Access the feasibility study here.
As the trail is long, it will be developed in stages. The Coorong District Council has committed to begin development of stage 1, from Meningie to Seven Mile Loop Rd, and a significant upgrade of stage 4 which incorporates the existing River Bend Heritage Trail from Tailem Bend to Wellington East. This section is featured in this video: Click Here.
Detailed maps of stage 1 are currently being developed and will soon be available for community consultation.
The Coorong District Council’s, Murray Coorong Trail project team invites you to be involved in providing feedback on the route and if you are interested testing sections of the proposed trail. We are also interested in hearing from you if you know of any geographical or historical tourism sites of interest that would be worth promoting as part of the trail.
If you would like more information and be kept up to date with the project, please forward your name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the ‘Friends of the Murray Coorong Trail’ database.
To discuss the trail with a member of the Murray Coorong Trail project team please contact 1300 785 277.
Meningie also features beautiful walks: the Lions walking trail and the Meningie Yunti Ngopun Ngami – the Ngarrindjeri phrase for ‘Together We Walk’ or Pelican Path walk.
Meningie Walking & Cycling Trails Map(3067 kb)
Meningie Lions Walking Trail(1138 kb)
Meningie Lions Walking Trail - Map(256 kb)
Free bike Hire is available from Meningie to help you explore the local walking and cycling trails - click here to find out more.
Tintinara is the location of a Disc Golf park. The Tintinara course is around the walking trail and Lake Indawarra precinct and has nine baskets and 18 tees. Disc Golf is played by throwing discs towards a metal basket. The sport is similar to golf with the aim to land the disc in the basket before progressing to the next. The course has been designed for beginners and more advanced players. Discs and score cards will be available from the Heart of the Parks just off the Highway in Tintinara.
Stretch your legs on the Tintinara walking trail – pure bushland in close proximity to the town; visit Lake Indawarra which also has a walking trail; Messent Conservation Park (the natural habitat for the Mallee Fowl and Silky Mouse; see the Tintinara Homestead (for more information just ask about them at the friendly VIO Heart of the Parks!).
Visit www.tintinara.com.au for more information.
Coonalpyn Arts Trail
A short walk through Creating Coonalpyn’s community led art projects.
Coonalpyn Arts Trail brochure(1172 kb)
A relatively short walk or drive allows visitors to see the historic landmarks of Peake. Beginning at Polly's Well, you can pick up a trail brochure located next to the rest stop, opposite the town oval. Sunk in 1877, Polly’s Well supplied the town's water, and travellers passing through. You will also find the old Station Master’s house (built 1912), where the final station master died, the Peake store (built 1937) which is now the Tavern, the Post Office (1912), where the visiting dentist used to see his patients on the front porch, and the Bakehouse/Church (1908) where baptisms were performed with the use of a garden hose from the adjoining building. The Peake School (1929), Butcher Shop (1900s), Saddlery (1912) and the town Garage, which was used from 1956 to 1974 both as a repair shop and the local watering hole, are all displayed along the trail.