Trains, Boats & Engines To Bring Morgan Alive For This 2-Day Riverside Festival

Once the busiest inland port in Australia, Morgan now hosts a biannual festival celebrating the history of the area, with food, wine, markets, entertainment and more on offer.

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Morgan is set to come along this weekend, on November 16th & 17th, with the biennial Morgan Living River two-day festival.

With various displays, food, craft, gift, clothing and wine stalls there is plenty to see and do, with games and challenges to enjoy.

Traditionally a celebration of putt putts (the working boats of yesteryear) lining the magnificent riverbank at Morgan, 2019 will also remember the 50th anniversary of the last train to depart Morgan, the Duchess of Gloucester.

Morgan was a thriving river and rail port with the first railway engine ‘The Pioneer’, into Morgan in 1878.

During the golden days of river trade from 1880 to 1910, Morgan was known as the busiest inland port in Australia.

Steamers and barges were often seen lining the banks of Morgan riverfront for more than half a kilometre as the Morgan river and rail link was a significant trading hub, second only to Port Adelaide.

The amazing remnants of this romantic river and rail steam era can still be seen standing today in Morgan’s riverfront precinct.

“This river port’s history has so many stories and it is wonderful to see the Morgan community rally together at this event to showcase the town’s river and rail heritage”, said Mayor Dave Burgess from the Mid Murray Council.

Putt putt, wooden boats and engines will be on display, plus there will be live riverbank entertainment!

If you’re up for a cruise, there will be one hour cruises offered by the PS Marion and PW Oscar W, plus a 3.5 hour lunch cruise on the PS Marion on Sunday 17th celebrating the 25th anniversary since her recommissioning.

Entry is $2, with children under 12 free.
Proceeds will go to the PS Canally restoration project and Morgan community projects.

Saturday 16th November, 10am-10pm
Sunday 17th November 10am-4pm

Morgan is a two hour drive from Adelaide, and accommodation options can be found on the Festival’s website (link below).

For further event information contact the Morgan Visitor Information Office on 85402643 or www.morganlivingriver.com.au.

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