Kimba in South Australia is acutely aware that tourists, having somewhere they want to get to, tend to drive through the town without stopping.
As a result they have managed to create a number of “tourist attractions” –
All are designed to encourage travellers to stop … and hopefully to spend some money in the town.
Apart from its tourist attraction, Kimba is a typical wheatbelt town. It has a railway and huge wheat silos, designed primarily to service the surrounding grain and sheep properties.
The average annual rainfall in Kimba is only 339 mm.
Kimba, a pioneering town, was established in 1915. The name is derived from the Aboriginal word, with the meaning of “Bush Fire”. Pastoral leases were held over the area from 1872 until Pioneer farmers grew the first crops in 1908. The Kimba District is now one of the major wheat-producing areas in South Australia.
Explorer, Edward John Eyre made two exploratory journeys north of Adelaide to Lake Torrens and across Eyre Peninsula. Eyre discovered the Gawler Ranges in 1939, naming them after the then Governor of South Australia. On June 18, 1840, Edward John Eyre ventured again, traversing from Adelaide to King George Sound in Western Australia. During this gruelling expedition Eyre camped at Refuge Rocks, now locally called Secret Rocks.
Kimba’s community of 1300 people is situated halfway across Australia on the world-renowned Eyre Highway, National Highway One. Take time out to peruse the history, sights, fauna and flora.
Travellers will find several beautiful spots in and around the Kimba township to rest and relax. The Lions/Apex/Central Park next to the swimming pool on Park Terrace offers electric BBQ, shaded areas and toilet facilities. There is also a great playground for the children. ‘The Gums’ along the Eyre Highway also provides a shaded area with picnic and electric BBQ facilities.