Population 3894

This heritage town has some of the most picturesque and historic streetscapes in country South Australia. It has a predominantly Scottish heritage, first settled by Dr John Rankine, who emigrated with 105 other Scotsmen in the late 1830s. The town is set on the Angas River, with the Soldiers Memorial Gardens following the watercourse through the town. Strathalbyn is renowned for its antique and craft shops.

Visitor Information

Railway Station, 20 South Tce; (08) 8555 7283 or 1300 007 842

Nearby national parks

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In Town

National Trust Museum: history display in the courtroom, Victorian-era relics in the courthouse, and a historical room and photographic displays in the Old Police Station; open 2–5pm Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun; Rankine St.

Old Railway Station: complex includes the visitor centre, the Station Master's Gallery with local and touring art exhibitions (open Wed–Sun), and the station for the tourist railway from Mount Barker, the SteamRanger (see Hahndorf); South Tce.

St Andrew's Church: impressive church with castle-like tower; Alfred Pl.

Original Lolly Shop: old-fashioned lollies and fudge; High St.

Antiques, art and craft shops: outlets in High St.

Heritage walk: self-guided trail featuring over 30 heritage buildings and the architectural delights of Albyn Tce; brochure available from visitor centre.


Milang This old riverboat town is now a popular holiday destination on the shores of Lake Alexandrina, Australia's largest freshwater lake. The lake offers fishing, sailing and windsurfing. In town, visit the Port Milang Railway for its local history display and pick up a Heritage Trail brochure for a self-guide walk. Each Australia Day weekend the Milang–Goolwa Freshwater Classic fills the town with visitors who come to watch hundreds of yachts begin the race. 20 km SE.

Langhorne Creek wine region This productive area lies to the east of McLaren Vale. Read more

Lookout: views over town and district; 7 km SW.

Ashbourne: buy local produce at roadside stalls and at the country market held 3rd Sun each month; 14 km W

Meadows: features Pottery at Paris Creek and Iris Gardens (open Oct–Mar) nearby. The Country Fair is held each Oct; 15 km NW.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching around the Fleurieu Peninsula 29 km

Abutting the Coorong, and with wetlands, beaches and a wide variety of terrain, the Fleurieu Peninsula is a top spot for birdwatching. There is a hide off Barrage Road at Goolwa, and the Goolwa Effluent Ponds can have... Find out more

Whale-watching on the Fleurieu Peninsula 36 km

Between May and October, southern right whales often cruise right next to the shore of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Popular viewing spots include Port Elliot, Goolwa, Middleton and Victor Harbor, but your best starting point... Find out more

Swimming along the Fleurieu Peninsula 41 km

There are plenty of great swimming beaches along the peninsula. Victor Harbor has a plethora to choose from – including Kent Reserve and Dump Beach – but there is also Horseshoe Bay at Port Elliot, and the... Find out more

Morialta Conservation Park 45 km

One of the most stunning parks in the region and located only 10 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, this has waterfalls and deep gorges, woodlands, koalas, echidnas and southern brown bandicoots. The pick of the walks is... Find out more

Aboriginal gallery, Adelaide 46 km

The Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum holds the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the world. Some 3000 are on display at any one time.... Find out more

Adelaide Zoo 46 km

With its catchphrase ‘We exist to save animals from extinction’, this is another of Australia’s excellent zoos. Visit the Giant Panda enclosure to see the Wang Wang and Funi. The sea-lion display... Find out more

Swimming with dolphins off Glenelg 47 km

Since 2002, the eco-accredited Temptation Sailing has offered a ‘swim with the dolphins sail’ on a 17-metre catamaran out of Glenelg, in which the bottlenose and common dolphins reputedly come to the vessel... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Glenelg Golf Club 47 km

Glenelg is to Adelaide what Bondi is to Sydney – the city’s most popular beach suburb. The terminus for the City to Bay tram, a Glenelg icon, can be found where Jetty Rd meets the beach, where you will... Find out more

Kooyonga Golf Club 49 km

Kooyonga is a thinking player’s golf course. One of the game’s greatest strategists, Peter Thomson, gave an insight into what is required to play well at Kooyonga after winning the 1972 Australian Open here.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Victoria Hotel

From the outside this looks like your archetypal 19th-century county pub. However, behind the bluestone and red-and-cream striped verandah roof there’s an ingenious renovated bistro area with heritage barn decor... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Locavore 32 km

The Locavore (‘local eater’) at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills sticks to the ‘100-mile’ philosophy of sourcing food, which in its case includes the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the... Find out more

The Organic Market and Cafe 32 km

This bustling cafe and organic produce outlet in Stirling was the national winner of the best organic retailer award. Something of an institution in the area, it has delicious antipasto platters and great coffee. About... Find out more

Goodlife 46 km

This innovative restaurant and takeaway not only makes carbon-neutral pizzas, but also places an emphasis on sourcing produce that is organic and local. Takeaway pizzas here even come tied up with string.... Find out more

Nearby breweries

The Steam Exchange Company 29 km

South Australia seems to have more than its fair share of craft breweries in significant historical locations, and The Steam Exchange Brewery is no exception. It’s housed in a heritage-listed former railway goods... Find out more

Adelaide Hills Craft Brewing 39 km

Located in the former Onkaparinga woollen mill complex at Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills, this brewery/bar is run by Alistair Turnbull and Phil Jones. The pair turned their backs on careers in banking to study brewing in... Find out more

South Australian Brewing Company 48 km

Established in 1888, the South Australian Brewing Company became the state’s dominant beer-maker by steadily acquiring competitors like the Kent Town Brewery, West End Brewery and the Walkerville Co-operative... Find out more

Campsites around town

Chookarloo camping area 17 km

Creekside camping is permitted just 1.5 km from Kuitpo’s main information centre, 8 km south-west of Meadows on Brookman Rd.... Find out more

Cole Crossing camping area 18 km

Around 17 km north-east of Mt Compass, this peaceful camping area is reached from Cole Crossing Rd, 6 km south of Mt Magnificent Rd. No fires: only gas/fuel stoves are permitted.... Find out more

Woodcutters Cottage 18 km

This former youth hostel is a 4-room stone cottage with a lounge, kitchen and sleeping room for 12, plus room nearby for tents. It is just 2 km from the information centre on Brookman Rd. Booking is necessary and a... Find out more

Rocky Creek Hut camping area 19 km

On the Heysen Trail, this camping area next to a cottage is on Razor Back Rd, 7 km north-west of Meadows. The stone cottage has a wood heater, sink, rainwater tank and sleeping platforms for 8. There is a short walk from... Find out more

Jacks Paddock camping area 20 km

Opposite Kuitpo Hall, with access from Christmas Hill Rd, this paddock campground is 11 km south of Meadows. With a restored barn and horseyards, it’s recommended for group camping. Arrange your booking and permit... Find out more

Barker Knoll camping area (boat-based camping) 34 km

This is a great beach location for self-sufficient campers, right at the Murray Mouth and reached only by boat via Goolwa or Mundoo Channel, or from Hindmarsh Island. Pick up a permit from the self-registration station.... Find out more

Godfreys Landing camping area (boat-based camping) 34 km

Beach camping just south of the Murray Mouth is accessible by boat only. Come equipped for self-sufficient camping, and pick up a permit from the self-registration station. There is a limit of 6 people per site.... Find out more

Belair Park Caravan Park 37 km

Just off Upper Sturt Rd, close to the national park’s main entrance, this well-equipped caravan park has a playground and pool. Book ahead during peak holiday times, and bring a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Brownhill Creek Recreation Caravan Park 38 km

At this surprising natural nook just a few minutes south from Adelaide, mighty river red gums flank the creek, part of a major valley catchment. There are picnic areas and trails exploring the valley and beyond. To get... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Milang Lakeside Caravan Park 18 km

This neat and shady park on the western shores of Lake Alexandrina is the ideal getaway destination for those wanting to have a few quiet days in a waterside location. Bookings are required during Christmas and Easter... Find out more

Goolwa Caravan Park 27 km

Located 4 km from the town centre, in a quiet waterside area, this is a big park with large numbers of both annual sites and powered tourist sites, as well as an enormous number of unpowered sites. Reservations must be... Find out more

Mount Compass Caravan Park 28 km

As neat as a pin, this newer caravan park in a rural setting has reached a high standard in its early years. It is a great inland base for exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park 32 km

This is a spacious, quality park amid the vineyards of the McLaren Vale region. If you want to experience the great wines from the multitude of cellar-door outlets, you will find the park the best base on this part of... Find out more

Port Elliot Holiday Park 35 km

Located just 2 km from Port Elliot, between Victor Harbor and Goolwa in a fabulous beachfront position, this is an excellent place to stay year round. We feel this is one of the great seaside caravan parks on the... Find out more

Big 4 Port Willunga Tourist Park 38 km

In a quiet rural location about 4 km from Aldinga, this is a spacious park with well-established shady trees. Bookings are necessary at Christmas, January, Easter and long weekends and a minimum-stay period applies.... Find out more

Moana Beach Tourist Park 39 km

Only a short distance from the Moana town centre and close to the beach, this park is also not far from Adelaide’s southern suburbs. Bookings are required at Christmas, January, Easter and long weekends. There is a... Find out more

Brown Hill Creek Tourist Park 39 km

This picturesque owner-operated park is set in the Adelaide foothills, 7 km south-east of the city. Its 120-acre bushland setting offers lots of shade and facilities include a tennis court. A minimum-stay period applies... Find out more

Murray Bridge Resort Caravan Park and Marina 40 km

This park is in a great location, away from busy roads and a marina on the shores of the Murray River. The spacious park has good amenities and is pet friendly. It's about 3 km from the town centre. Bookings are... Find out more

Marion Holiday Park 40 km

This tourist park in the southern suburbs is close to the enormous Marion shopping centre. It has very good amenities, shaded areas and good facilities including a recreation room and a tennis court. It makes a good base... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Gasworks B&B

The historic quality of ‘Strath’ is epitomised in these two restored bluestone cottages in the heart of the old township. There’s also an enchanting landscaped garden extending along the banks of the... Find out more

Longview Lodge Apartments

This inviting pair of lodges, 14 kilometres northeast of Strathalbyn, enjoy the best of both town and country. Poised atop a former dairy farm, they are a stone’s throw from the acclaimed Longview Vineyard and... Find out more

The Old Oak B&B

For solitude and seclusion, this property tucked into the folds of the southern Mount Lofty Ranges is hard to beat. Stopover options include an atmospheric barn (c. 1866) with an open lounge, a full spa bathroom and a... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Clarion Hotel Soho 45 km

Completed at the end of 2008, this five-star boutique hotel was designed with many hidden environmental features, such as water-recycling systems, sustainable building materials and airflow and passive cooling to reduce... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Jackmans Lookout rest area 41 km

0.5km E of Swanport Bridge (L) or 19km W of Tailem Bend (R)

At the lookout overlooking the river.

Monteith rest area 42 km

4km E of Swanport Bridge (L) or 15km NW of Tailem Bend (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Tailem Bend South rest area 49 km

6km S of Tailem Bend (R) or 46km N of Meningie (L)

Just off the highway among trees.

What's on around town

Collectors, Hobbies and Antique Fair: Aug.

Strathalbyn Show: Oct.

Glenbarr Highland Gathering: Oct.

Rotary Duck Race: plastic ducks; Nov.

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