Wirrabara is a very small town encounted when traveling south towards Gladstone SA. Fortunately the highway continues to pass through the township that assists the economy of the town. As is the case with many a small town Wirrabara is struggling to survive.

The origin of the name and early history of Wirrabara was not able to be located. The town was established in 1874.

Wirrabara is located in the Southern Flinders Ranges in the mid-north of South Australia, along the Rocky River.

A timber milling industry was established in Wirrabara during the early 1850s. In 1877 the first government forest nursery in Australia was planted in the nearby Wirrabara forest.

The Wirrabara Hotel is an old tavern type pub.

The Wirrabara War Memorial is central within the township.

The Wirrabara Anglican Church is on the main road. The United quite old, but the Catholic Church is a stately 100 year plus building. The Lutheran a little younger.

There is no museum, but the shop fronts are very old.

Wirrabara is a struggling town but if passing through take the time to have a look at those shop fronts and if the timing is right a coffee or refreshment.

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