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.