Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide
flindersoutback.com 53 Beltana 45 kilometres from Parachilna map reference B3, page 8 Just 13 kilometres to the east of the Beltana Roadhouse, on the main route from Hawker to Leigh Creek, Beltana is worth a detour. For a start, the largely deserted town is now a State Heritage Area. It was here that John Flynn worked as a clergyman in the Smith of Dunesk Mission before eventually establishing the Australian Inland Mission and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Some of the great inland explorations left from Beltana, a repeater station for the Overland Telegraph was established here and Beltana was the base for sheep and camel breeding giants Thomas Elder and Robert Barr Smith. Attractions The Beltana Art Gallery was originally the first hotel in Beltana and then the local store. Today, it is a gallery with a unique rock labyrinth. Look out for the open flag -- if you see this, you can walk through the gallery. In 1997, Waraweena ceased as a working station, purchased by Wetlands and Wildlife, and is now a conservation park dedicated to tourism and conservation. Thirteen colonies of Yellow-footed Rock wallabies have been sighted and one very rare plant, Menzell's Wattle. The town railway station was completed in 1881 and was an exciting indication of the town's future. At the time it was a large stone building with a smaller stone building nearby, where the standby crews stayed the night. The steepness of the climb through Puttapa Gap meant that when coal was discovered and mined at Leigh Creek a new route was sought. In 1956, the Leigh Creek line was opened and the Beltana Railway Station was closed down. Another historic building is the local police station. A mounted policeman was appointed to Beltana in 1879 and this stone building was completed in 1881. Another building of significance during the 19th century was Beltana Station -- it's now a family-friendly accommodation property. The first school in Beltana was opened in 1878 to serve the town's 31 children, with the building, at the time, transported from Sliding Rock. The present small stone building was first used in approximately 1894. The school eventually closed in 1967 when a school bus began carrying the local students to the school at Leigh Creek. Leigh Creek 66 kilometres from Parachilna map reference F6, page 9 The original town of Leigh Creek was located within a coal basin, so in the early 1980s it was decided that a new town would be built further south so the land could be mined. South Australia generates about 40 per cent of its electricity from Leigh Creek coal. Almost daily, the mine fills a 2.8 kilometre long train with nearly 10,000 tonnes of coal bound for the Port Augusta Power Station. Attractions Take a self-guided mountain or walking tour of the Aroona Dam Sanctuary, keeping an eye out for the elusive Yellow-footed Rock wallabies. There are BBQ facilities and a 5.5 kilometre walking trail to stretch your legs. There is a lookout and viewing area of the Leigh Creek Coal Mine about 15 kilometres north of town. The area has some information boards, fossils, a 9W Dragline, hauler tyre and a hauler to look at. Copley 5 kilometres from Leigh Creek map reference C2, page 8 Tourists have been known to travel for hundreds of kilometres for a bite of bush baking at the Quandong Café in Copley. Home to about 100 people, Copley is a friendly gateway to Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and the rugged Vulkathunha--Gammon Ranges National Park. Attractions About 100 kilometres from Copley is the access point to Vulkathunha--Gammon Ranges National Park (or 'the Gammons'), an arid wilderness, with spectacular scenery, interesting wildlife and a wealth of Adnyamathanha culture and European heritage. Cattle on Angorichina Station HISTORIC BELTANA STATION Enquires Laura & Graham Ragless Ph: (08) 8675 2256 Mob: 0427 860 447 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.beltanastation.com.au Fully working sheep & cattle station 11/ 1860's Built shearers quarters rooms, 4 bedroom cottage, camping and caravan sites. Discover for yourself the history of Sir Thomas Elder, Robert Barr Smith and Ernest Giles. Visit Lake Torrens, Mt Deception, Puttapa springs and more. COPLEY CARAVAN & CABIN PARK Ph/Fax: (08) 8675 2288 Email: email@example.com AAAT Rated HHHH Gateway to Flinders Ranges & Outback Australia • 8x 4 Star Ensuite cabins, 4x non ensuite, 4x 2 BR Family ensuite, 3 purpose built handicapped cabins • 4WD Tours Arkaroola / Gammon Ranges • All cabins are provided with R/C air conditioning, linen & doonas • Full cooking facilities. Continental breakfasts on request. The town railway station was completed in 1881 and was an exciting indication of the town's future.
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