Hamley Bridge is a beautiful small town situated in a picturesque valley surrounded by some of the richest farming land on the Adelaide Plains. Located between the rivers Light and Gilbert, it is literally a town of bridges.
Hamley Bridge is a riot of lilac blooms from late November and through December from the Jacaranda trees that have been planted along the main street in remembrance of those who fought for their country. Today this makes for a beautiful walk around the town. Make sure you include the River Light with its great picnicking areas which the local community are always improving.
In the early 1860’s other settlements had commenced in the area, and it was not until 1868 that the junction of the two rivers came under notice as a possible site for a township. The northern railway was extended from Roseworthy to Tarlee during 1868 and a bridge, said to be the highest in South Australia was built over the River Light.
Many of the older well preserved buildings of the town are Heritage listed, including the Railway Station, built in 1880, along with the signal box and water tanks at the station, the Institute and two bridges over the River Light identifiable by the heritage brick kiln chimney near its banks.
Named by the government of the day, after the Acting Governor Colonel Francis Hamley whose wife laid the foundation stone for the River Light railway bridge on 25 July 1868.