Kimba is geographically halfway across Australia and is well-known as the eastern gateway to the Gawler Ranges, located 100kms north-west of the town.
Located on the Eyre Highway, Kimba (population 1,200) has a fascinating historical museum, an award-winning community hotel and the Big Galah.
Pastoral leases were first granted around Kimba in 1872 and the first crops sown in 1908. The district remains one of South Australia’s major grain belts.
This thriving community is home to a community hotel, two supermarkets, a laundromat, internet access at the community library, and a variety of accommodation and mechanical services.
Gawler Ranges Information Bay
This uniquely designed structure displays directions to and features of the Gawler Ranges National Park. It’s on Railway Terrace, an easy stroll to the centre of town. It offers easy access and parking for caravans and motorhomes.
Halfway Across Australia Sign
Kimba is located halfway across Australia, between Sydney on the east and Perth on the west coast, as the crow flies. This is an ideal spot to take a break and a great photo opportunity.
The Big Galah
One of Australia’s ‘big things’, the eight-metre tall Big Galah is a popular spot for a rest and fun photo. Find the Big Galah outside of the Halfway Across Australia Gem Shop on the Eyre Highway.
Town Tourist Walk
Featuring interpretive signs with historical photos, the three-kilometre Kimba Town Tourist Walk gives visitors an insight into how this rural community has developed over the years. The walk starts at the old Post Office building on Railway Terrace and finishes at the Kimba Soldiers Memorial Hall.
This ‘living’ museum features a Pine and Pug house, One Teacher School, general store, farming machinery, stationary engines, government sheds, dog fence, water conservation and Blacksmith’s Shed. It’s located opposite the grain silos on the Eyre Highway and is open Tuesday to Thursday, 9am to 11am and 2pm to 4pm; on Sundays from 1.30pm to 4pm or by appointment - phone (08) 8627 2131, (08) 8627 2436 or (08) 8627 2121.
Kimba Community Hotel
This award-winning Community Hotel captures the spirit of Kimba. Enjoy a drink with the locals, check out ‘The Shed’ or enjoy a coffee or snack in the Hotel’s Halfway Coffee Shop. A variety of accommodation is also available.
Pine ‘n’ Pug
Discover a treasure trove of country-style gifts, caneware, teddies, prints, candles, souvenirs, homewares and linen.
A private collection of over 3,000 cans, including beer cans, related breweriana, Coca-cola collectables, playing cards, Avon bottles and other curious knick-knacks. Open by appointment only; contact the Kimba Visitor Information Outlet for details.
Beinke’s Can Collection
Colin and Sylvia invite you to their farm to browse their impressive collection of over 8,000 beer and soft drink cans and Coca Cola memorabilia. Here you can also enjoy the spectacular 360-degree views of surrounding farming and station country. Located 27kms north-east of Kimba, the collection is open by appointment only - contact the Kimba Visitor Information Outlet for details.
Lions Apex Central Park
Next to the swimming pool on Park Terrace, the park features an electric barbecue, shaded areas, playground and toilet facilities.
Located on the Eyre Highway at the railway crossing, The Gums has a shaded picnic area with electric barbecue and toilets. An easy walk from the town centre, this is a great place to take a break.
Scenic Drives & Walking Trails
Roora Walking & Bicycle Trail
Starting at the edge of town, the Roora Walking Trail meanders through three kilometres of native bushland, past the old town reservoir to the popular Whites Knob Lookout - an ironstone conglomerate with magnificent 360 degree views over the town, district and golf course
Whites Knob Lookout & Edward John Eyre Sculptures
Visitors can enjoy the magnificent 360º view from White’s Knob Lookout on the Northern outskirts of the town, to access the lookout drive towards the town centre and follow the tourist signs. Erected in November 2011, the stunning metal sculptures are an artistic tribute to Edward John Eyre and the indigenous men on whose bush skills he so often relied.
Also known as Refuge Rocks, this impressive granite hill was discovered by Edward John Eyre in 1841 when his expedition party used it as a rest camp when exploring the ‘great west’. Camping and picnics are permitted in front of the rocks. The Rocks are located 35km east of Kimba on the Whyalla Road.
For more information phone 08 8627 2026
Bascombe Rocks Lookout
A pleasant 20km drive through undulating farmland along the sealed Buckleboo Road brings visitors to Bascombe Rocks, which offer panoramic views of the surrounding native bushland. Around the base of the rocks look out for the innovative water catchments that were hand-built by the early pioneers: after it rains the rock holes fill with water and teem with hundreds of lively tadpoles. A picnic shelter provides a good spot for lunch or a relaxing drink.
Lake Gilles Conservation Park
Offering peace and serenity, this park is home to a semi-arid mallee landscape of saltpans, low sandy rises, gypsum dunes and isolated stony hills. Access for 2WD vehicles is 17km east of Kimba off the Eyre Highway. This is a great picnic spot where you can experience abundant wildlife including kangaroos, emus, mallee fowls and native birds. Other protected areas include Cortlinye, Pinkawillinie, Caralue Bluff, Carappee, Pile Pudla and Secret Rocks.
Geocaching at Kimba
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. There are numerous hidden ‘caches’ in and around Kimba with GPS coordinates provided by Geocaching. This is a fun way to add a challenge to your Eyre Peninsula holiday experience.
Kimba participates in a national project that aims to assimilate Grey Nomads into community volunteer life by encouraging them to contribute to community projects in return for country hospitality. Projects can range in length from a week to a couple of months. Contact the Kimba Visitor Information Outlet for details.