Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : 2018 Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide
20 Southern Flinders Ranges Towns | flindersandoutback.com.au BOOLEROO CENTRE 25.5 kilometres from Wirrabara map reference C4, page 19 Just off the road from Wirrabara to Melrose, Mount Remarkable serves as a spectacular backdrop to Booleroo Centre, a picturesque town deriving its name from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘place of mud’. This agricultural centre was surveyed in 1855. The Booleroo Steam and Traction Preservation Society Museum is home to South Australia’s largest collection of steam and traction engines, with more than 150 machines on permanent display. Find excellent cycling and walking trails on Booleroo View Farm, including easy to moderate family slopes. BUNDALEER FOREST 29 kilometres from Spalding map reference D6, page 19 The birthplace of Australian forestry, Bundaleer Forest Reserve (nine kilometres south of Jamestown) was established in 1876 as the nation’s first experimental tree plantation. The reserve has plenty of walking and cycling tracks to explore. BURRA 346 kilometres from Mildura map reference F8, page 19 Burra is a large settlement, spread along a valley and surrounded by soft, low hills. Given the size and activity of the town, it’s astonishing how little has changed from when the rich discovery of copper was made in the mid 1800s. Burra’s mining history is evident – the village heart still stands proud as it once did, as do the five townships erected during the copper boom, four pubs, miners’ cottages and, of course, the aptly-named Monster Mine. CARRIETON 36 kilometres from Orroroo map reference D2, page 19 Named in 1878 after the daughter of Governor Jervois, this small but enchanting town is surrounded by beautiful gum creeks. Town facilities include the re-opened Carrieton Hotel. Carrieton has a number of nearby attractions, including Yanyarrie Whim, Moockra Tower and the Horseshoe and Almerta stations, which feature self-drive 4WD tracks and mountain bike trails. Held annually in December, the Carrieton Rodeo is one of the biggest and more popular rodeos in South Australia. Consisting of almost 900 hand-sculptured and painted clay tiles weighing about one tonne, the Carrieton Mural depicts an array of European activities in the Carrieton area dating back to the 1870s. See the remains of the large stone Yanyarrie Whim, which has become a significant watering hole for drovers using the north to south droving route through Carrieton. COCKBURN 48 kilometres from Broken Hill map reference K6, page 17 Established in 1886 to allow for the rail transport of ore between Broken Hill and South Australia, this proud little town retains a number of historic buildings and essential services. Visit the 126 year-old Coburn Hotel, the first and last hotel in South Australia. CRYSTAL BROOK 197 kilometres from Adelaide map reference C6, page 19 The thriving agricultural hub of Crystal Brook is the southern gateway to the Flinders Ranges. The Big Goanna monument stands at the entry of the town and is a great photo opportunity. For tourist information, head to Reflections Gallery and Tourist Information Centre, open daily 10am-4pm. Housed in an underground bakery, the Heritage Centre Museum features historic exhibits on shopping and domestic living. Open Sunday and public holidays 2–4pm.
2017 Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide