Leigh Creek

Lyndhurst sculptures, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 547

Located in the Flinders Ranges, Leigh Creek is a modern coalmining town that services a huge open-cut mine to the north. The original township (13 kilometres north) was unfortunately placed, as it was situated over a large coal seam. The lure of the dollar led to the town's relocation in 1982 to its current site. A tree-planting scheme has transformed the town from a barren landscape to an attractive oasis.

Visitor Information

13 Black Oak Dr; (08) 8675 2723.

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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Coal mine tours: tours to the open-cut mine each Sat from Mar to late Oct and during school holidays; contact visitor centre for details.

Aroona Dam: in a steep-sided valley with coloured walls; picnic area near gorge; 4 km W.

Coalmine viewing area: turn-off 14 km N (area is 3 km down road to coalmine).

Beltana: almost a ghost town, it has a historic reserve and holds a Picnic Race Meeting and Gymkhana each Sept; 27 km S.

Lyndhurst: starting point of the famous Strzelecki Track. It also features a unique gallery of sculptures by well-known talc-stone artist 'Talc Alf'; tours by appt (08) 8675 7781; 39 km N.

Ochre Cliffs: here Aboriginal people used to dig for ochre. The colours range from white to reds, yellows and browns; 44 km N via Lyndhurst.

Sliding Rock Mine ruins: access track is rough in places; 60 km SE.

Vulkathunha–Gammon Ranges National Park: 64 km E; see Arkaroola.

Travellers note: Care must be taken on outback roads. Check road conditions with Northern Roads Condition Hotline on 1300 361 033 before departure.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Copley Bush Bakery & Quandong Cafe

After spending a week roughing it in the bush, this friendly cafe in sleepy Copley is a major drawcard. Famed for delicious pies showcasing the rich sweet-sour delights of the native quandong, the menu also spans a range... Find out more

Campsites around town

Boolyeroo Goldfields camping area 20 km

The hill country of the northern Flinders Ranges has a long history of small-scale mining. These goldfields and the associated bush camping are located 29 km east of Leigh Creek along the Copley–Balcanoona Road.... Find out more

Lyndhurst Hotel camping area 34 km

Both the Oodnadatta and Strzelecki tracks kick off from the one-time railway town of Lyndhurst, where the bitumen ends and the fun begins. This camping area is right next to the hotel, and the vivid ochre pits just to... Find out more

Nuccaleena Mine camping area 41 km

In a historic Flinders Ranges mine site, tucked among the sweep of hills north of Blinman, there are ruins to explore and hills to wander at this camping area on an elevated site near the ruins. Other accommodation is... Find out more

Warraweena camping areas 44 km

Take your pick from designated camping areas within the property, some with bush huts nearby; come with wood and water. The main homestead is 30 km east of Beltana Roadhouse, off the Leigh Creek Rd. Signposted access is... Find out more

Patawarta Gap camping area 48 km

This camping area lies in rugged terrain north of Artimore Ruins, with spectacular Patawarta Hill a commanding presence. It’s 42 km north-east of Blinman via PAR 5. Bring wood and water, and preferably a gas/fuel... Find out more

Artimore Ruins camping area (bush camping) 54 km

This former homestead occupies a scenic and secluded valley, 28 km north-east of Blinman. Access is via PAR 4 on a tough track. Bring in your own firewood and water.... Find out more

Arcoona Creek camping area 56 km

Camp among the pines and red gums close to this major creek system draining the north-western corner of the park, which acts as a staging post for wilderness walks to the plateau and Gammon Hill. Signposted access is 23... Find out more

Parachilna Gorge camping area (bush camping) 60 km

The road heading east from Parachilna to Blinman follows Parachilna Gorge as it snakes through the Heysen and ABC ranges. Spectacular summits and rock formations create a memorable atmosphere for the designated bush... Find out more

Farina Campground 60 km

A popular stopover for travellers on the Oodnadatta and Birdsville tracks, the campsites are close to the historic ruins of the one-time railway town of Farina, just off the Lyndhurst–Marree Rd, 27 km north of... Find out more

Italowie Gorge camping area 74 km

Two easily accessible sites – one a sheltered nook on the south-western side of the gap, the other to the north-east at the head of the Italowie Gorge Hike – are signposted off Copley–Balcanoona Rd, 82... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Warraweena Conservation Park

This onetime sheep station has been given a new lease on life as a privately run wilderness sanctuary. The accommodation in the homestead and re-worked shearer’s quarters is seriously rustic, with a wood-fired hot... Find out more

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