Orroroo Tourism & Travel
Situated in the foothills of the Flinders Ranges, on the edge of South Australias arid desert land, Orroroo is located some 280kms from Adelaide in South Australia. The charming country town exudes a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and boasts magnificently varied landscapes, great recreational opportunities, fascinating natural attractions and intriguing historic sites. A plenitude of vibrant events also attracts many visitors to the area every year.
The historic town of Orroroo invites visitors to experience its intriguing history with a number of old rail bridges, an historic pug and pine hut built in the early 1880s, and a Yesteryear Gallery featuring fashion dating back to the 1830s. Old stone buildings and nearby ghost towns offer a rare insight into the regions past.
The scenic natural landscape of Orroroo is perfect to explore on a bushwalking trail or by 4WD. The phenomenal Magnetic Hill is a must see, with extraordinary cases of vehicles having rolled up the hill. For a scenic walk with a difference, the Pekina Creek Walking Trail takes in many intriguing sites, including a giant gum tree, indigenous rock carvings, and a poem that was carved into a rock in 1896.
Many exciting events attract visitors to the district every year, including the Black Rock Dirt Circuit Racing, the Orroroo Show, the Carrieton Rodeo, the Carrieton Campdraft, the Orroroo Christmas Pageant, and the annual Australia Day celebrations.
Orroroo - Near by
Just over 36kms southeast of Orroroo, the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre of Peterborough offers an insight into South Australias significant rail history with a remarkable collection of steam and diesel locomotives. Whilst in the vicinity, the tranquil Victoria Park is also worth a visit.
Situated just under a 45-minute drive from Orroroo, visitors can take a stroll through Jamestown and learn about the history of the area through its colourful town murals. The nearby Bundaleer Forest Reserve is not to miss whist visiting Jamestown. The very first plantation forest in the world was established here in 1876. Today, picturesque historic and botanic trails wind through the reserve, taking in old building ruins and tranquil landscapes.
National Park Mount Remarkable
A favourite with bushwalkers, Mount Remarkable National Park boasts a diverse landscape where the arid north and verdant south collide. Walking trails throughout the park take in magnificent gorges and dramatic mountain ranges, including the stunning Alligator Gorge. Visitors can climb to the summit of Mt Remarkable for breathtaking views. However, be sure to look out for the distinctive flora and fauna on the way.
Prior to European settlement, the area was inhabited by the Ngadjuri group of Indigenous Australians who lead a nomadic life. In 1864, the first European settler arrived. Charlie Easther opened up an eating house and sheep pen on Pekina Creek. This fast became a popular stopping point for those passing through the area. Soon after, the town was officially named and the first land sales were made in May 1876.
Today, Orroroos economy is based on the farming of wheat, wool, sheep, cattle, and pigs. Sandstone mining, olive farming, and tourism have also gained importance during recent times. In the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton, a mere 543 souls reside in Orroroo.