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Murray Bridge is a large rural service centre on the Murray River. It is located 78 km from Adelaide. Murray Bridge is the major centre on the Murray River north of Lake Alexandra. It is a large town of 17,000 people and is 26 metres above sea level.

Prior to European settlement the area was inhabited by the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal people. The river provided abundant food and they lived well off a diet of kangaroos, emus, wombats, goannas, lizards, ducks, turtles, fish, snakes and bird eggs. The first European into the area was Captain Charles Sturt who passed this spot on 8th Feb 1830. Captain Sturt was assigned to solve the great mystery of why so many rivers flowed westward from the Great Dividing Range. Sturt rowed a whale boat down the Murrumbidgee in late 1829 and reached the junction with the Murray River on 14 January 1830. He continued down Australia's largest river passing Murray Bridge and reaching Lake Alexandrina, at the mouth of the river, on 9 February, 1830.

From the spot the Murray River flows downstream 112 kilometers to the Southern Ocean and upstream 2,418 kilometers to the Snowy Mountains.

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