Stay a While
Enjoy our small town hospitality at the local store, great coffee with wide variety of goods and our recently renovated hotel with beer on tap, meals and accommodation.
The caravan park offers camping, powered sites on grass, and accommodation catering for families and small groups in the old school grounds.
Grab your camera or art utensils and picnic supplies and travel our local area and beyond for many scenic opportunities. Local maps available.
A List of our Visitor Highlights
Walk around the town to see our old buildings built from local stone and catalogued in our heritage book prepared by council. Take a look at our war memorial built and opened in 2021. Further your walk to Yanyarrie Whim a stone tank and slate trough built early in our pastoral history.
Johnburgh Loop Tour – A scenic self-drive tour of 80kms encircling the Oladdie Hills that follows the local post-delivery route. There are many photo and artist opportunities of gum creeks, slate outcrops and building ruins. Visit and read about the deserted towns of Johnburgh and Belton. See a variety of vegetation, pine stands, mallee scrub and blue bush.
Visit the town mural near the visitor information bay at the Memorial Hall – it tells our story of an independent rural community with pastoral, mining, railway and farming history. The murals at the swimming pool depict a typical Flinders Ranges scene while the entrance wall shows a delightful scene of “Possum Magic “ characters.
Horseshoe Range and Moockra climb – Self drive tour into the Horseshoe Range and stretch your legs for a walk to take on the Moockra climb. Sign the book stored in the cairn and take in the spectacular views. Rated an easy to moderate walk. A detailed map and directions are available at the caravan park.
Historic Hammond – Take a drive to Hammond. Of interest is the wide street and the façade of some buildings untouched and presented as they were in the 1950’s. The Catholic Church was rebuilt and enlarged in 1905 from the first Catholic church 5 miles away on banks of Coonatto Creek.
4WD tours of varying difficulty are available on properties at Almerta, Bendleby Ranges, Coonatto, Horseshoe Rim and Horseshoe Top-End. For details, enquire at the Caravan Park.
Visit the local cemeteries – Carrieton Johnburgh, Eurelia, Belton, Yanyarrie, Hammond, along with the lonely graves within the district all hold a key to many local family stories.
Take daytrips – Carrieton is central to Flinders travel on bitumen, to towns and sights in the Northern Flinders Ranges, Quorn, Hawker, Parachilna, Blinman or Southern Flinders, Orroroo, Booleroo Centre, Peterborough, Wirrabarra, Melrose, Mount Remarkable, Wilmington and Port Augusta. Information is available in local visitor guides.
Railway History Tour – Peterborough Steam Town – a great display of the northern railway system that played a major part in the development of Carrieton, Eurelia, Moockra, Hammond and the north of the state. Quorn Pichi Richi Railway operates a steam train at scheduled times throughout the year. Don’t miss the memorial at Walloway of the only serious train crash in SA’s railway history.
National Parks – Our nearest is the Mount Remarkable National Park. Alligator Gorge is spectacular for a walker and photographer or simply a funfilled day for energetic children. More info on SA National Parks website www.parks.sa.gov.au
Visit Orroroo – Our local service town includes a Doctor, Hospital, Butcher, IGA, Newsagency-Chemist, Hairdresser, and decor shop The Store on Second. An Information centre is located in the council office.
Annual Events – Come enjoy one of our local events:
- Carrieton Rodeo between Christmas and New Year,
- Flinders Ranges Campdraft, held the the weekend before Easter.