Today, Carrieton is a small, independent rural community with a population of 40. Situated in the Flinders Ranges, Carrieton is 300km due north of Adelaide on the R.M. Williams Way.
In relation to the surrounding area Carrieton is 37 km north of Orroroo and 71 km south of Hawker, or a one hour drive due east of Port Augusta. Many people travelling through to the heart of the Flinders Ranges stop in Carrieton to enjoy the beautiful ranges which offer spectacular views.
With warm local hospitality, Carrieton is an ideal place to break up your journey. A town steeped in history and picturesque vistas, sightseeing is one of the most pleasant ways to enjoy Carrieton.
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Bring your camera and explore. There is sealed highway (RM Williams Way) north to Hawker, Parachilna, Leigh Creek, Wilpena and Blinman and south to Orroroo and Peterborough. Alternatively you stay on the bitumen and head to Quorn, Wilmington, Melrose or Port Augusta travelling via Cradock. If you are a bit more adventurous there are many interesting trips in the immediate area on good unsealed roads.
The Johnburg Loop Tour is a self-drive tour that travels through the Oladdie Hills following the postal route. It starts at the caravan park heads to the deserted towns of Johnburgh and Belton and there is a brochure available to guide you on your way.
There are several 4WD tracks in the area including the panoramic views from the top of Horseshoe Range in 4WD tours offered by Horseshoe Top End, Horseshoe Rim or Bendleby Ranges. Or you can travel further afield for 4WD tracks at Quorn and Willow Springs etc. Charges do apply and bookings are essential so please contact the Carrieton Caravan Park for more information.
Travel 46kms north to the historic Heartbreak Hotel at Cradock. Discounted meals for Carrieton Caravan Park patrons .
Read about our history in “Carrieton, Gum Creek Country” our local book and visit local heritage buildings and town sites and cemeteries.
In summertime take a swim in the local pool.
Things to see around Carrieton
The remains of ‘Yanyarrie Whim’ is a large stone tank with a local slate trough built many years ago for watering stock. Yanyarrie Whim later become a significant watering hole for drovers using the north-south route passing through the Carrieton district.
The Horseshoe Range features the unusual Moockra Tower rock. The walking track offers spectacular lookouts and the views of the beautiful gum creek country go for miles.
Carrieton, Eurelia, Johnburgh, Hammond, Craddock and Belton.
Built on the bank of the Oladdie Creek with a well just below the house the homestead was established in 1850.
There is a huge variety of plants in the area. Predominant trees are Eucalyptus (river red gum – mainly in the creek beds), native pine, black oak, quandong (native peach), black mallee and old man saltbush.