Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide
Jamestown 13 kilometres from Bundaleer Forest map reference D6, page 7 The birthplace of one of Australia's iconic cattlemen, RM Williams, Jamestown is located in the heart of some of the best farming land in South Australia. The town's wide, leafy streets are lined with striking historic buildings and home to a host of shops. Picnic tables can be found in the beautifully manicured centre strip and are the perfect place to rest over a lazy lunch. Attractions Traverse the heartland of RM Williams' country and follow the RM Williams Drive, linking Jamestown, Belalie North, Peterborough and Orroroo in the Southern Flinders Ranges area. Along the route, keep an eye out for the road signs as there are a number of authentic local attractions worth taking a break at. The birthplace of Australian forestry, Bundaleer Forest Reserve (nine kilometres south of Jamestown) was established in 1876 as the nation's first experimental tree plantation. The Reserve has plenty of walking and cycling tracks to explore, sculpture sites, picnic grounds and views of some of the best agricultural land in Australia. It's also the venue site for the biennial Bundaleer Forest Weekend -- a celebrated music and arts festival held under the canopy of tree tops. Located at Jamestown Railway Station, the National Trust Museum is a must-do for those interested in the town and region's history. All the items have been donated by locals, and for this reason it wonderfully captures the true spirit of the town. Located east of Hallett on Mount Bryan Road, the Dares Hill Circuit is pure inspiration for an artist. Regarded as classic 'Goyder' country, follow the track to admire semi-arid wilderness with panoramic views to the east. A forgotten, South Australian hero, Sir Hubert Wilkins was a pioneer aviator, explorer and adventurer, whose story is told at the site of his birth. Until recently, the cottage in which he was born was a pile of rubble. It's now fully restored and serves as a tribute to this unsung adventurer. Stop in at the Mount Bryan Hotel (it's best to call in advance) or the Olde School Gallery in Hallett to obtain an entry key. Displayed in museum style, Penn Cottage pressed glass collection showcases some 10,000 items throughout the cottage, all complete with detailed documentation for visitors. Burra Homestead Geographically, Burra is a large settlement, spread along a valley and surrounded by soft, low hills.
2013 Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide