MurrayvilleMurrayville Brochure print

The town of Murrayville, with a population of about 350, is situated on the Mallee Highway 22 kilometers from the South Australian Border and 20 kilometers from the Kow Plains Homestead. To the north of the town is the Murray Sunset National park and to the South the Big Desert State park; Murrayville is an ideal place to stay and explore the wonders of the Mallee. July to early November is the best time to view the many wild flowers that can be seen along the Mallee Highway and side roads.

Settlement of the Murrayville District began from the South Australian border in 1908 and the eastern side in 1911. In an area of low rainfall Murrayville is fortunate in having good underground water. The district has always been predominately a grain growing and sheep area but recent years have seen farming enterprises such as olives, goats, permaculture and potatoes become part of the rural scene.

The first town blocks were auctioned at No1 Bore, Panitya on the 6th June 1910 and the development of the town began soon after.

Murrayville relies on its rural sector but tourism is becoming more important as four wheel drivers, naturalists and visitors discover what the Mallee has to offer.

Large fires raged through 180,000 hectares of the Big Desert before Christmas 2002, many of the favourite spots were burnt. Heavy rains of over 2 inches fell on the 20th February 2003, but because of two dry seasons, the re-growth was  slow. Never the less there was a good display of wildflowers during September 2005 .

The wildflowers were very good in 2007 and again in 2010, but there were very few orchids

Community Services

  • Murrayville Community College: Prep to Year 12
  • Murrayville Bush Nursing Centre
  • Murrayville Neighborhood House. Internet access Monday to Thursdays 10am to 3pm
  • Murrayville Pioneer Park, Play Ground and Barbecue
  • Lions Park, Picnic area and Information boards.
  • Solar heated swimming pool- open November to March
  • FM Radio Station 3MBR 103.5

Local Businesses

  • Friendly Grocer Supermarket (EFTPOS) & Post office
  • Hairdressers
  • Pat’s Shop-Giftware & Craft Supplies
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Peers Motors Fuel Tuesday & Thursday 8.15am to 9.15
  • A J.Yard Garage
  • Cobb & Co Takeaway
  • A&J Super Services. Mechanical repairs & services

Emergency Services

  • Police; Ambulance; Fire Brigade; SES

Accommodation

  • Murrayville Mallee Fowl Hotel Motel (03) 5095 2120
  • Murrayville Caravan Park powered sites, excellent facilities
  • Camping sites in Big Desert & Sunset Country
  • Jacob’s Well Retreat & Conference Centre; Back packer accommodation

Recreation & Sporting Clubs

  • Basketball; Football; Netball; Cricket;  Tennis; Bowls; Swimming

Clubs & Associations

  • Day Care meet each Tuesday at Mallee Track Health & Community Services
  • CWA at Cowangie, meetings 1st Wed of the month at Cowangie Fire Station
  • Senior Citizens meet each Friday at Senior Citizens Building

Town Attractions

Take the Murrayville Historic Walk around the town and admire the old shop fronts. View the window in what was Nana’s Deli and the display of antiques from the Murrayville Museum.  Interpretive signs have been erected where shops and halls once stood and where commemorative trees were planted in honour of the men from the district who served in the 1914-18 War.

The Murrayville Museum established 2004 is housed in the old Buffalo Lodge Building at the corner of Gray Street & Sharrock Street. The museum houses a collection of items which give a picture of the development of the district.

July_09_Museum

Murrayville Museum

The Museum is open on the first Sunday of each month between 2 & 4 pm

Pine Hill Walk Collect a leaflet on Pine Hill Walk and the Flora Reserve from the box near the craft shop and if time permits take a leisurely walk.

The following is a list of plants that can be found on the walk

Pine Hill Walk

Mulga Acacia brachybotrya Hakea Wattle Acacia hakeoides
Small Cooba Acacia ligulata Umbrella Wattle Acacia Osswaldii
Hard-leaf Wattle Acacia sclerophylla Bladder Salt bush Atriplex vesicara
Turpentine Bush Beyeria lechenaultii Sweet Appleberry Billardiera cymosa
Variable Daisy Brachyscome ciliaris Scrub Cypress Pine Callitris preissi
Desert Cassia Cassia nemophila Dodder Cassytha melantha
Small-leaf Clematis Clematis microphylla Common Billy-button Craspedia glauca
Black Anther Lily Dianella revoluta Desert Hop Dodonaea stenozya
Narrow Leaf Hop Dodonaea viscosa Ruby Salt Bush Enchylaena tomentosa
Common Emu Bush Eremophila glabra Dumosa Mallee Eucalyptus dumosa
White Mallee Eucalyptus gracilis Slender Leaf Mallee Eucalyptus foecunda
Satin Everlasting Helichrysum leucapsidum Creamy Honey Myrtle Melaleuca acuminata
Moonah Melaleua lanceolata Showy Daisy Bush Olearia pimeloides
Mueller Daisy Bush Olearia mueller Weeping Pittosporum Pittosporum phylliraeoides
Podolepis Podolepis Rabbit Tails Psilotus seminudus
Midget Greenhood Pterostylis mutica Prickly Salt Bush Salsola kali
Sweet Quandong Santalum acuminata Camel Bush Teucrium sessiliflorum
Scented Sun-orchid Thelymitra nuda Common Sunray Triptilodiscus pygmaeus
Wooly New Holland Daisy Vittadinia cuneata StiffWestringia Westringia rigida
Early Nancy Wurmbea dioica Shrubby Twin-leaf Zygophyllum aurantiacum
Pale Twin-leaf Zygophyllum glaucum

Photos

Desert cassia, Early Nancy, Sweet Appleberry, Podoleps

 

Pine Hill Walk – Birds

The following is a list of Birds that have been observed between 1998 and 2002 by Raymond Brereton and Rodney Thurlow. Most of these bird can be observed throughout the Mallee, along roadsides and in gardens and bush land.

Splendid Fairy Wren

Splendid Fairy Wren

Budgeriagar

Budgeriagar

Crested Pigeon

Crested Pigeon

 

Babbler-White browed Bee-eater
Budgerigar Butcherbird-Grey
Chough – White winged Cockatoo-Pink
Cockatiel Cuckoo Shrike-blackfaced
Currawong-Grey Dove-Peaceful
Falcon-Brown Fantail- Grey
Frogmouth – Tawny Galah
Goshawk – Brown Lorikeet – Purple crowned
Honeyeater – New Holland Honeyeater – Spiny Cheeked
Honeyeater- Yellow plumed Kestrel-Australian
Magpie Australian Magpie Lark
Martin – Tree Miner – Noisy
Nightjar – Australian Owlet Owl – Barn
Owl – Boobook Parrot- Blue Bonnet
Parrot- Mallee Ringneck Parrot -Mulga
Parrot – Red-rumped Parrot-Regent
Pigeon -Common Bonzewing Pigeon- Crested
Robin – Hooded Robin – Red capped
Swallow – Welcome Sparrowhawk – Collared
Thrush -Grey Shrike Tree Creeper – Brown
Wagtail – Willy Wattlebird – Red
Whistler -Golden Whistler – Rufous
Woodswallow – Dusky Woodswallow Masked
Woodswallow – Whitebrowed Wren -Fairy Splendid
Wren -Fairy Variegated Kite- black shouldered
Jacky winter

 

Flora Reserve

(situated at the west end of town)

Approximately 65 species of plants have been identified in this area. The following are an example of ones flowering in the Spring .

A controlled burn was carried out at this reserve in May 2010

Flower photos

A large information board at Lions park shows maps and places of interest around the district

Information boards in the Gazebo opposite the Take Away on the Highway tell of the history of the town and show pictures of the Flora & Fauna of the Big Desert and list plants that can be seen on the Pine Hill Walk and in the Flora Reserve.

Clubs Welcome

Clubs Welcome

Books for Sale

Books for sale

Family Tree Research

Family Tree Research