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Wellington Ferry - Tailem Bend, South Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member themd
S 35° 15.372 E 139° 27.208
54H E 359312 N 6097448
Quick Description: The original ferry crossing here was a private enterprise established in 1839. It was taken over by the South Australian Government in 1849 improtantly creating a crossing for coaches returning from the Victorian Goldfields.
Location: South Australia, Australia
Date Posted: 10/15/2019 3:54:04 AM
Waymark Code: WM11FK1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Long Description:
Reports for February 1852 indicated that a total of 1234 people and 1266 horses and bullocks, pulling 164 carriages, crossed the river during that month. Total fees collected were £64. During October to November of the same year the punt serviced 3000 passengers, 361 carriages and 2777 draught oxen.

The early ferry services unreliable and sometimes dangerous and out of action for several days at a time. Sand drifts from the Lake region caused extreme concern and often became a barrier to the crossing. Recurring floods also interfered with the ferry service.

At least four Wellington punts have sunk during a crossing. Perhaps the most notable was in 1958 when the ferry sank with a truckload of cattle and three cars. The divers who later recovered the vehicles reported that there were other derelict punts on the river bottom.

Best of all it operates 24hrs a day for free.

Source (visit link)
Body of water served: Murray River

Places served:
Wellington to the west and Tailem Bend to the right.

Terminal / landing address:
Punt Rd
Tailem Bend, SA Australia

Seasonal: no

Hours of operation (non-scheduled ferry service): From: 12:00 AM To: 12:00 AM

Dining room / cafeteria: no

Gift shop: no

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