Monash

Monash is a town in the Riverland area of South Australia. It is on the Sturt Highway between Barmera and Renmark and has a population of approximately 1150.

Monash was proclaimed in 1921 and is named after General Sir John Monash, a World War I army commander. The primary industry around Monash is irrigated horticulture and viticulture.

Monash is in the Berri Barmera Council and was originally populated when land at Monash was allocated to repatriated soldiers returned from World War I as part of the State Government Soldier Settler Scheme. The southern part of the settlement was occupied first and was originally known as Lone Gum after a prominent local landmark, a River Red Gum tree. The tree still stands today, although it was nearly destroyed in a fire caused by a local land owner. The tree's image is used on the Monash Primary School emblem.

Monash is best known in South Australia as the home of a major adventure playground for adults as well as children with tall, fast and twisty slippery dips and other equipment. This was built by a local engineering company, and open for free public use. Concerns in Monash about public liability led to its scaling down and eventual closure. It reopened in 1996 without the high towers, but with better picnic facilities and less "dangerous" equipment now including a giant maze. In the mid 2000s the flying fox connected to the high towers was removed because citizens of Monash viewed them as a safety hazard.

Pet friendly accommodation in Monash consists of pet friendly caravan parks, pet friendly cottages, and pet friendly motels and the pet services include horse riding, vets, pet food suppliers, farriers, pet breeders, a pet insurance agent, boarding kennels and catteries.

Monash is an attractive town in a lovely area so don't miss the opportunity to explore Monash for yourself as soon as you get a chance.

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