The Village, situated on the shaded banks of the mighty Murray River, was established in 1970 and its aim has been to preserve memorabilia, paper-based records, photographs, books, artefacts, machinery and buildings as well as other elements of the district’s history.
The site was selected because of its close proximity to Loxton’s Pepper Tree (and there is more than one version of the story of the Pepper Tree). It is believed to be thought that the tree was planted after the time the original Loxton’s Hut was occupied by William Charles Loxton.
William Charles Loxton was a boundary rider on Bookpurnong Station and a horseman of some note. William lived here with his wife from 1878-1881 in the modest pine-and-pug hut formerly occupied by his aunt, Mrs Howell, and her husband. The area around this hut was known as ‘Loxton’s Hut’ and eventually, just ‘Loxton’. Part of the termite-damaged Pepper tree collapsed in 1997 after a severe windstorm.
In 2019 the Loxton Community Heritage Group established, and is now managing the Village, known as the Loxton Historical Village Management Committee, to maintain the museum and make recommendations to the council, on the running and development of The Village.
The Village has been a regional and State award-winning tourist attraction, recognised for its high quality displays, marketing activities, presentation and customer service.
The Village boasts a dedicated team of approximately 70 volunteers (many of whom have been involved since its establishment), a caretaker/cleaner, shop staff and a part-time manager.
Address: Allen Hosking Drive – Loxton SA 5333
Phone: (08) 8584 7194
A new, creative, exciting, play space offering loads of fun for children of all ages and abilities. Do you love to climb? The challenging paddle steamer net provides just one way to reach the slippery dip at the top of the 9m high cubby.
Who doesn’t love to spin and slide? You’ll discover slippery dips, carousels and spinners for all ages and abilities. Think you’re fast? Take the Neos challenge and see if you can beat the beat!
Can you hang on? Hold on tight as you speed along the cable ride. Expand your imagination as you play on, in, over and under the wide assortment of play equipment, or race around the Explorer Track on your bike or scooter as you imagine you’re a racing car driver.
The area provides picnic tables, benches, shelters, lawns and is fully fenced with free BBQs and toilets. Families can enjoy a perfect break while children enjoy an awesome play experience. Open 7 days and it’s free!
Where: Adjacent to the Cross of Sacrifice on the lawns between Kokoda Tce & Tobruk Tce, Loxton