The present Carrieton Community Store was first established as a butcher’s shop in the early 1880s and later became a mixed business. The shop has withstood the changing times and dwindling rural population to provide a vital service in the community. In the early history of Carrieton the town maintained three shops. Over time this number declined to one main shop combined with the post office once the telephone exchange within the Post Office was closed. The struggle to maintain the store as a healthy business saw the Carrieton District Council buy the business and fittings in 1987. The shop was managed by Pat Smith in conjunction with the grocery store in Orroroo until the Byerlee family took over its management.
In 1994 The shop became the Carrieton Community Store with local investors and Board management. Carrieton Progress Association bought the premises from council in 2007 and management has continued under a Board of elected members. Funding through a Drought Relief program and donations from the Rodeo Club and Carrieton Cropping Project in 2020 gave the shop a much-needed restoration and facelift.
Today it operates on restricted hours as a general store / Post Office with fuel, and gas. The manager and staff offer friendly service to locals and tourists with local information. General comments from travellers relate their surprise at the display and variety of goods and service provided.
Carrieton Caravan Park
A Caravan Park with a difference. Once a small country school (1882 -1997) the Carrieton community developed a caravan park within its grounds. Retaining the essential character of the school the park caters for travellers. It is situated within Carrieton on the R.M.Williams Way, bitumen highway leading to the northern Flinders and Outback. It provides a convenient overnight stay or chance to stay a while, enjoy the rural views, explore the local area or make day trips to popular locations in the Northern or Southern Flinders.
Powered and Unpowered sites – Once the cricket ground of many serious junior cricket matches is a grassed area surrounded by shady trees and with open rural views looking to the Oladdie Ranges. 16 powered sites with water – 8 grassed areas and 8 gravel sites. 20 un-powered sites on grass and gravel. Swags extra.
Whim Cottage – A self-contained cottage, originally the principal’s residence built from local stone in 1882 is airconditioned with a disability bathroom that caters for up to 8 adults. If required, additional rooms can be opened to use the adjoining library, meeting room and large kitchen.
The Library – A separate comfortable area within the stone building. Includes A/C, basic kitchen (fridge, toaster, microwave, kettle). 1x Queen bed and fold out lounge. 2 single trundles. Sleeps 6. Outside amenities.
Bunkhouse – A timber classroom sleeps up to 16 guests in single beds. A/C comfort and basic kitchen facilities including a fridge, toaster, microwave and kettle.
The arts shed renamed “Red Wine Central” by happy travellers provides a community lounge area, TV, kitchen facilities and a wood heater for cosy comfort in the winter. A great meeting place for fellow travellers.
Laundry facilities are available with coin-operated washing machines and dryers.
Amenities Block includes restrooms and hot showers available in a well-maintained amenities block.
BBQ area, playground & dump point are available also.
Pets are welcome.
Group Gatherings – A great place for small interest group to gather for several days utilizing the varied accommodation and meeting / kitchen facilities to pursue their hobbies or family activities. Group discount available.
Function Room – Includes large Kitchen with gas oven and cooktop, kitchen equipment and utensils, hot water, fridge, freezer, ample cupboard, and bench space and adjoining meeting room with tables and chairs to cater for up to 30 people.
Camp Kitchen – Come and join us in “Red Wine Central” at 5pm most days to sit around the fire and chat about the day.
Campfires – Campfires are allowed during the winter months.
Swimming Pool – The local pool is available for the public in the summer months.
Town’s facilities – In addition to the park facilities there are further amenities within the town that are available for hire, Memorial Hall and Rodeo Clubrooms, rodeo grounds and stockyards. The tennis courts are also available at no charge. Enquiries to Julie Williams 0487 285 979
Further information can be found at the Carrieton Caravan Park website or mobile: 0429 502 090
Open from October through to March.