Halfway across Australia, visit the eastern gateway of the Gawler Ranges.
Located on the Eyre Highway, you may know Kimba for its gorgeous painted silos – but this thriving farming community has more to offer than a quick stop and a photo opportunity.
As the eastern gateway to the Gawler Ranges, Kimba provides a great base to explore the national park. Discover history at the local museum, check out the walking trails and local art and enjoy the small town hospitality of the welcoming locals.
There are a couple of accommodation options as well as several places to choose from to dine – basically, whatever you need you can find!
Enjoy the country-town atmosphere as you relax, recharge, and explore the history and landscape of the local area.
Things To Do
You can’t go past the Kimba silos…
The first location on the Eyre Peninsula to have their silos painted, you aren’t going to miss this epic artwork! The work, by Melbourne artist Cam Scale, is 25x60m and shows a young girl in a ripe wheat field at sunset – and it’s beautiful. Stop, enjoy, and check out what else the town has to offer.
Or the Big Galah!
The Big Galah is another thing you can’t miss – it’s located on the highway, and is 8m high! Just down the road and over the railway crossing, there’s a shaded picnic area with an electric BBQ and toilets if you need a break.
Head out to the Gawler Ranges
Kimba is the eastern gateway to the Ranges, and this majestic wilderness is just waiting to be explored – you’ll get a unique experience and discover a whole world relatively untouched by humans.
And Lake Gilles Conservation Park
Accessible by 2WD, picnic amongst the salt pans, low sandy rises and gypsum dunes as you watch the locals wander by. The area is full of wildlife, so keep your eye out for kangaroos, emus, mallee fowl and native birds.
Learn the local history
Check out the ‘living history’ at the Kimba Museum, featuring a Pioneer House, a one teacher school, farm machinery, stationary engines, ‘Clancy’ the fire engine and the old Telephone Exchange – as well as much more! Open by prior arrangement and select times on Sundays and Tuesday-Thursday.
Try the local cuisine
Locals and visitors alike rave about the delicious Indian food at the Roadhouse Restaurant, or stop by Eileen’s Café for a yummy treat and a coffee. And it’s Pizza Night at the Kimba Café every Friday night!
Are you into ‘geocaching’?
There are a number of hidden ‘caches’ around Kimba – so get discovering!
Explore the Roora Reserve
Follow the Roora Reserve Nature Walking Trail through the old Roora Water Reserve to Whites Knob Lookout. You’ll be rewarded for your effort (it’s a 6km round trip) with a delightful 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside. Check it out in harvest time, and you’ll (hopefully) see fields of gold!
You’ll also see a number of native animal sculptures made of recycled steel, and a sculpture of explorer Edward John Eyre and the Indigenous tracker who surveyed the area at the top of the lookout.
Have an Edward John Eyre experience at Secret Rocks
This impressive hill was discovered by the explorer in 1841 – it’s also known as ‘Refuge Rocks’. You can camp and picnic at the spot, and it’s just a 35km drive east of Kimba on the Whyalla road.
Discover the countryside at Bascombe Rocks Lookout
A 20km drive on a sealed road, the rocks offer a panoramic view of the surrounding bushland. Look out for tadpoles if it’s recently rained, and the picnic shelter makes it an ideal spot for lunch and a drink.