Carrieton

Sitting at the upper part of the Southern Flinders Ranges, Carrieton heralds your arrival to the outback.

First established in 1877, Carrieton was developed as a central hub for pastoral, mining and agricultural industries. A railway connection was later added in 1882.

This small but enchanting town is surrounded by beautiful gum-lined creeks. It has many nearby attractions, including Yanyarrie Whim, Moockra Tower, and the Horseshoe and Almerta stations, featuring self-drive 4WD tracks and mountain-bike trails.

Look out for the Carrieton Mural depicting an array of European activities in the Carrieton area dating back to the 1870s. The mural consists of almost 900 hand-sculptured-and-painted clay tiles and weighs about one tonne.

See the remains of the large stone Yanyarrie Whim – a significant watering hole for drovers using the north-to-south droving route through Carrieton.

Carrieton plays host to three main annual events. The Carrieton Rodeo in December is a ‘must-do’ and one of the biggest and more popular rodeos in South Australia. The Flinders Ranges Campdraft in April attracts competitors and their horses from across Australia. Meanwhile, visitors in June can expect a great time at the Carrieton Trash and Treasure, discovering trinkets and treats at over 20 different stalls.

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