Millicent is one of the major centres on the South Coast. It is an important rural centre for the surrounding farms and timber industry. Millicent is the first major town encountered heading north to Adelaide after Mount Gambier. Millicent is a nice combination of the new and old harmonizing in a district. There is plenty of evidence of heritage opportunity.
The first European into the district was Charles Bonney who, in 1839, overlanded cattle through the area. He was followed shortly afterwards by Samuel Davenport who established Mayurra sheep run in 1845. It was later managed by George Glen.
Close by is Lake Bonney which is home to South Australia's largest wind turbine farm.
The Living History Museum, located next door to the Information Centre, has evolved around the old school house. The Millicent, Victoriana, Aboriginal and Natural History rooms are located here. Over 20 fully restored horse drawn vehicles are an impressive feature of the Museum.
In 1983 the Ash Wednesday Fires swept the area. Many fatalities were as a result of firestorm conditions caused by a sudden and violent wind change in the evening which rapidly changed the direction and size of the fire front. The speed and ferocity of the flames, aided by abundant fuels and a landscape immersed in smoke, made fire suppression and containment impossible.