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Population 636

A small town on the Eyre Peninsula, Kimba is 'halfway across Australia' according to the huge sign on the Eyre Highway. It is the gateway to the outback, a fact that explorer Edward John Eyre confirmed when he traversed the harsh landscape in 1839. Early settlers thought the country too arid for settlement and it wasn't until demand for wheat production grew, and rail services were extended to the area in 1913, that the Kimba region developed. It is now major sheep- and wheat-farming country.

Visitor Information

Kimba Mobil Roadhouse, Eyre Hwy; (08) 8627 2040

Nearby national parks

  • Lake Gairdner National Park

    The vast whiteness of Lake Gairdner rests in the foothills on the northern side of the Gawler Ranges. This is one of the largest salt lakes...more

  • Mount Remarkable National Park

    Mount Remarkable National Park, in the southern reaches of the Flinders Ranges, is a beautiful bushland park with pretty creeks, steep...more

  • Lincoln National Park

    Easily accessible at the tip of the Eyre Peninsula, Lincoln National Park protects a sweeping plain of coastal mallee surrounded by bays and...more

Nearby towns

  • Cowell

    This pleasant Eyre Peninsula township is on the almost land-locked Franklin Harbour – its entrance is merely 100 metres wide. Matthew...more

  • Wudinna

    The enormous silos in Wudinna are indicative of the town's major grain industry, predominantly wheat and barley, grown here since the first...more

  • Whyalla

    Whyalla, northern gateway to Eyre Peninsula, has grown from the small settlement of Hummock Hill to the largest provincial city in South...more

In Town

Kimba and Gawler Ranges Historical Museum: a 'living' museum featuring local history and a Pioneer House (1908), a blacksmith's shop and 'Clancy' the fire truck; open 1.30–4pm Sat (closed Jan) or by appt; Eyre Hwy; (08) 8627 2349.

Halfway Across Australia Gem Shop and the Big Galah: standing 8 m high, the Big Galah is in front of the gem shop, which offers sales of local gemstones, carved emu eggs, opal and locally mined jade, including rare black jade; Eyre Hwy.

Pine 'n' Pug Gallery: local craft; High St.

Roora Walking Trail: meanders through 3 km of bushland to White Knob Lookout; starts at north-eastern outskirts of town.


Lake Gilles Conservation Park: habitat for mallee fowl; 20 km NE.

Caralue Bluff: popular for rock climbing; 20 km SW.

Carappee Hill Conservation Park: bush camping and walking; 25 km SW.

Darke Peak: excellent views from the summit and a memorial at the base to John Charles Darke, an explorer who was speared to death in 1844; 40 km SW.

Pinkawillinie Conservation Park: the largest mallee vegetation area on the peninsula and a habitat for small desert birds, emus and western grey kangaroos; turn-off 50 km W.

Campsites around town

Lakes Edge camping area (bush camping) 33 km

Access routes to this camping area for self-sufficient campers are signposted from Eyre Hwy, 87 km west of Iron Knob and 35 km east of Kimba. A 4WD is essential for areas north of the lake. A permit is required.... Find out more

Carappee Hill camping area (bush camping) 34 km

This site offers bush camping for self-sufficient campers. The approach from the Darke Peak–Kimba Rd can handle off-road trailers.... Find out more

The Knob camping area 83 km

This popular fishing and swimming haunt is just 13 km south of Cowell and its oyster farms in Franklin Harbour, where the beach is a sheltered curve of sand bounded by rock flats and a low headland called the Knob.... Find out more

Franklin Harbour camping area (bush camping) 83 km

Camping for self-sufficient campers is reached by 4WD via Wellington Rd. Bring your own everything.... Find out more

Munyaroo camping area (bush camping) 85 km

The road to the camping area is signposted from the Lincoln Hwy, 44 km south of Whyalla. Bush camping here is for self-sufficient campers only, so bring everything with you.... Find out more

Nicholls Track camping area 90 km

On Nicholls Track, 54 km north-east of Cummins, this camping area is reached by 4WD via Reserve Rd from Mt Isabella. Check track conditions with Parks SA; a permit is required. Bring your own wood and water.... Find out more

Waganny camping area 96 km

Pleasant open woodland camping is surrounded by dome-like granite hills to explore, and views of the Blue Sturts. Signposted access is 13 km west of Paney Homestead via the Old Paney Scenic Dr, which is suitable for... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Cowell Foreshore Caravan Park and Holiday Units 77 km

Located on the foreshore at the end of the main street, this park is ideally situated for those who enjoy walking everywhere. Fresh Cowell oysters are on sale at reception. Bookings are required from January to April,... Find out more

Arno Bay Caravan Park 87 km

Close to the water, with good facilities, this is an attractive park that would be a great holiday destination, particularly for those interested in a little fishing. Bookings are necessary for the summer and Easter... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Kimba rest area

At Kimba

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Lake Giles rest area 34 km

36km NE of Kimba (R) or 119km SW of Port Augusta (L)

Secluded in the scrub behind the truck bay.

Midway rest area 40 km

44km E of Kyancutta (R) or 44km W of Kimba (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Koongawa rest area 52 km

30km E of Kyancutta (R) or 58km W of Kimba (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Goyders Line rest area 62 km

19km E of Kyancutta (L) or 69km W of Kimba (R)

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Granite Hill rest area 75 km

48km SW of Whyalla (L) or 59km NE of Cowell (R)

Just off the highway.

Cowell park area 77 km

At Cowell

On the foreshore at the end of the main street through town.

Arno North rest area 80 km

28km SW of Cowell (R) or 16km NE of Arno Bay (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Kyancutta rest area 81 km

At Kyancutta

At Polkdinney Park behind the general store.

Port Gibbon camping area 81 km

T/O 23km SW of Cowell (L) or 21km NE of Arno Bay (R)

On the foreshore 6km (unsealed) east of the highway via Port Gibbon Rd.

Knobbies camping area 82 km

At Iron Knob

Among a few small trees on the edge of town. Donation requested.

Mount Wudinna park area 83 km

T/O at Wudinna

In the bush at the base of Mt Wudinna. Located 13km (partly unsealed) north-east of Wudinna.

Polda Rock park area 84 km

T/O at Wudinna

At the base of the rock 8km (partly unsealed) north-east of Wudinna.

Arno Bay park area 87 km

At Arno Bay

On the foreshore at the end of the main street through town.

Arno South rest area 96 km

18km SW of Arno Bay (L) or 17km NE of Port Neill (R)

Just off the highway behind a few bushes.

What's on around town

Kimba Show: Sept.

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