Alford is the first town encounted after leaving the ‘copper triangle’ and heading north to Port Pirie. Alford is only a short distance from Wallaroo. Alford is a very small town that has limited services and a shadow of a bygone era. There is plenty of evidence of earlier prosperity. That said Alford still qualifies for a Bustout synopsis.

The SA Government first surveyed the township in 1882, naming it after Henry Alford (1816–1892), pioneer and inaugural member of the South Australia Police under Henry Inman in 1838. The first blocks were auctioned in September 1882. Within several years there was a small township comprising a hotel (Alford Hotel), general store, churches, school, and blacksmith servicing the surrounding farming community.

The natural landform is undulating fertile plains, which often feature limestone and dunes. Founded on the agricultural industry, which surrounds the township, most of the original mallee scrub vegetation has been cleared for highly productive broad-acre wheat and barley farming, plus grazing and mixed farming.

The Alford War Memorial is has a great profile on the main highway. You can’t miss it.

The Alford Hotels is one block removed from the highway. The Alford Hotel is a century plus establishment with plenty a story to tell.

The Uniting Church is a relatively new building and is located on the highway.

When passing through the pub visit may be in order if the timing is right.

Heritage diary



Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans   Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service   Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information   Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course