Gawler is the first centre of significance after leaving Adelaide. Gawler is also the southern entrance town to the Barossa Valley and the famous SA Wine Region. Gawler is also an old town with a great heritage record. Gawler also a great spot for an extended stopover.

Gawler is the first country town in the state of South Australia, and is named after the second Governor (British Vice-Regal representative) of the colony of South Australia, George Gawler.

Gawler was established through a 4,000 acre (1,618 hectare) "special survey" applied for by Henry Dundas Murray and John Reid and a syndicate of ten other colonists.

The town plan was devised by the colonial surveyor William Light, and was the only town planned by him other than Adelaide. William Jacob used Light's plans and laid out the town.

When visiting. Gawler be sure to check out the area of the city that is the battle of the church faiths. The Anglican and Catholic just 50 mtrs apart and both cathedral in style. The Anglican has the edge because it is open to the public. Donít miss the church. Tucked in behind the traditional parts of the church is this quilt. Magnificent.

All of the other denominations are well represented.

The Gawler War Memorial is a modest but nice expression of those that served.

The Gawler Museum is central cbd and is open daily. All the history in one spot.

There are ten hotels in Gawler, some of which are great pubs. All licenses in excess of 100 years old.

Gawler is your true and classic heritage centre. Allow days to enjoy.

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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