Morgan Conservation Park

Wildflowers in Spring, Morgan Conservation Park

The town of Morgan is on the River Murray, about 165 kilometres from Adelaide.  In days gone by it was a major player in the River Murray trade route, when paddle steamers were the go.  Now it's a peaceful little town, set on hill above the River.  (Except in Summer when it becomes a haven for water skiers).

Morgan Conservation Park is on the opposite side of the River to the town itself, the eastern side.  Once off the ferry, you can either take the first left, which will lead down a dirt road to well used sites along the main river, or take another left once past the water catchment area.  Numerous dirt tracks here lead to some less well known spots on the banks of the catchment area.  It looks like a large backwater.  These tracks can be very sandy at times, so take care in a 2WD.  If it's been raining, then the tracks become slippery and boggy.  The dirt road leading to the sites along the main river is negotiable in all weather and all vehicles.

The sites situated on the main river are easily recognisable, although they are not marked.  They are generally deep water close in, with the exception of a couple which are popular with boat owners.  Not much privacy with these, as there are very close to the road.  No room to walk or explore here, as you will soon run into other campers.  Weekends can also be busy.  At the end of the road, there is a more open area with a few spots next to the water.  This is probably the best area, but only during off peak times.  There is plenty of shelter and shade provided by the gum trees at most of these sites.  Just beware of falling branches.  It is quite a picturesque spot, because of the cliffs on the opposite side.

Fishing here will yield the ever present Carp, as well as Callop in the deeper, snaggier spots.  Watch the kids though as there can be a bit of a current running. 

The catchment area stretches to both sides of the main road as you exit the ferry.  After you pass these areas, turning left (as mentioned above) and right will lead to some spots.  Once again they are not marked, but are abvious.  These are more peaceful and are good for photographers or birdwatchers especially.  It is not a particulary large park, but there are numerous species of birds, especially when there is water in the catchment areas.  I have seen three different species of wrens here; Superb Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren and the White-winged Fairy-wren.  Regent Parrots are also regulars here.  Spring seems to be the best time for birdwatching.  Kangaroos are also prevelant.

The ground is firm in places and sandy in others.  It just depends on your proximity to the water.  Right at the back of the Park, the western side, there are low hills.  It is sandy here also.

When there is water in the catchment areas, and they are bone dry at the time of writing, big Carp can be caught, along with good numbers of yabbies when the conditions are right.

Shade should not be a problem, and it can be visitied all year round, with Spring the pick of the months.  There are no facilities at all, but Morgan is right across the River and the ferry is open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Take care if swimming in the main River, and try and pick a spot with shallow sand banks, not the deep, fast running areas.  I wouldn't recommend swimming in the catchment areas.  The bottom is thick, sticky mud.

Morgan Conservation Park is one for the nature lovers. 

Sunset, Morgan Conservation Park