Population 1408

Jamestown survived the demise of wheat crops in the late 1800s to become an important service town to the thriving agricultural farmlands of the Clare Valley. John Bristow Hughes took up the first pastoral lease in 1841 and the strength of stud sheep and cattle farms, cereals, dairy produce and timber grew rapidly. A look at the names of towns in South Australia will reveal that the governors, politicians and surveyors of the day were bent on commemorating themselves or people they liked. Jamestown followed this trend, named after Sir James Fergusson, then state governor.

Visitor Information

Country Retreat Caravan Park, 103 Ayr St; (08) 8664 0077

www. clarevalley.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • 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

  • Lake Torrens National Park

    The 250-kilometre-long ephemeral Lake Torrens is timeless, wild and starkly photogenic. Protected within Lake Torrens National Park, this is...more

  • Flinders Ranges National Park

    Flinders Ranges National Park covers a vast ancient landscape of rippled outback terrain and exposed ridges, culminating in the striking...more

Nearby towns

  • Peterborough

    Peterborough is a town obsessed with the railway. Its very existence and growth can be claimed by that industry. In 1881 the line to...more

  • Crystal Brook - Introduction

    Crystal Brook serves the sheep and wheat country at the southern point of the Flinders Ranges. It once formed part of a vast sheep station,...more

  • Port Pirie

    Industry in its splendour greets the visitor at this major industrial and commercial centre. The oil tanks, grain silos and 250-metre-high...more

In Town

Railway Station Museum: a National Trust museum detailing local rail and Bundaleer Forest history and featuring the Both-designed iron lung (invented at Caltowie); Mannanarie Rd; (08) 8664 0522.

Heritage murals: on town buildings.

Belalie Creek: parks for picnics along the banks; floodlit at night.

Town and cemetery walks: self-guided tours; brochure available from caravan park.


Bundaleer Forest Reserve This plantation forest, established in 1876, was the first in the world. Walking tracks start from the Arboretum, Georgetown Rd and the picnic area, and range from botanic walks to historic trails past building ruins and extensive dry-stone walls. The longer Mawson (cycling) and Heysen (walking) trails also travel through the reserve, as does a scenic drive from Jamestown, which then continues towards New Campbell Hill, Mt Remarkable and The Bluff. Each Easter Sunday the Bilby Easter Egg Hunt is held in the reserve. Spalding Rd; 9 km S.

Appila Springs: scenic picnic and camping spot; 31 km NW via Appila.

Spalding: a town in the Broughton River valley. Picnic areas and excellent trout fishing; 34 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Port Broughton 76 km

Port Broughton is a favourite destination for anglers wanting to fish from charter boats. The boat ramp in the sheltered harbour is next to a small pier complex and is popular for small fish including salmon, Tommy ruff,... Find out more

Point Lowly 80 km

The Point Lowly lighthouse marks the southern extremity of Fitzgerald Bay. Near the lighthouse is a small community of shacks. These lighthouse cottages are cared for by the Uniting Church, and are available for hire. It... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Knappstein Enterprise Brewery 69 km

History has turned full circle for the Clare Valley’s Enterprise Brewery, which ceased beer-making operations in 1916, but was revived for its original purpose in 2006. In between time, this gorgeous sandstone... Find out more

Campsites around town

Curnow’s Hut camping area 16 km

This restored 3-bedroom stone hut is in the south of the forest, 15 km south of Jamestown off Bundaleer Gardens Rd. You need to book, as the camping area is padlocked. Bring water and preferably a gas/fuel stove. Camping... Find out more

Appila Springs camping area 26 km

A time-honoured traveller’s stop 8 km north-east of Appila, this camping area is in the rolling farm country of the mid-north. Though on one of the region’s backroads, it’s central to several historic... Find out more

Ippinitchie Campground 38 km

Shady, creek-side camping is offered close to the appealing mid-north town of Wirrabara and the Heysen Trail, with its local forest, bush gardens and views from The Bluff.  The campsite is just off Forest Rd, 8 km... Find out more

Bunyip Park camping area 47 km

Off the beaten track, Koolunga is a quiet farming town north of Clare. It’s a handy overnight stop for north-bound travellers and, as the site’s name suggests, the town is also renowned for sightings of the... Find out more

White Cliffs Reserve 47 km

Come to White Cliffs for pleasant camping beside the Broughton River with its reed-fringed waterholes and stately river gums. You’ll find it on Yacka Rd, 6 km east of Koolunga. Bring firewood and water, and... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 48 km

Remote areas of the park are available for experienced, self-sufficient bushwalkers to use as walk-in campsites. Bring water and a gas/fuel stove. A permit is required.... Find out more

Telowie Gorge camping area 48 km

Basic facilities are provided at this camping area, 27 km north of Port Pirie from the Princes Hwy. Come equipped with wood, water and a permit.... Find out more

Redhill Recreation Ground 51 km

This overnight highway stop on the outskirts of the small farming town of Redhill is 50 km south of Port Pirie. It’s just off the Princes Hwy along an access road to the west of the train line.... Find out more

Melrose Showgrounds camping area 57 km

Creekside camping is permitted on the outskirts of the delightful Flinders Ranges town of Melrose, the oldest settlement in the region. With sites among mighty river gums, this is a convenient base for enjoying the town... Find out more

Summit Camp (bush camping) 60 km

In an atmospheric bush setting on the high crest of Mt Remarkable, bush camping is permitted 6 km north-west of Melrose on the Mt Remarkable Summit Hike, also part of the Heysen Trail. The site is gas/fuel stove only and... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Peterborough Caravan Park 33 km

This is a tidy park located off the main road in a quiet part of town, adjacent to the town’s swimming pool. The park has modern amenities and is conveniently positioned for an overnight stop between Broken Hill... Find out more

Crystal Brook Caravan Park 41 km

This is a small, neat council-owned park just on the edge of town. It is a very pretty park with large red gums, a creek alongside, and lawn sites. We find it good value.... Find out more

Port Pirie Beach Caravan Park 54 km

This beachfront caravan park is just 1.5 km from the town centre and offers a range of facilities to suit most travellers. Nicely angled drive-through sites, clean amenities and friendly staff make this our pick of the... Find out more

Burra Caravan and Camping Park 61 km

This picturesque park is situated alongside a creek just two minutes walk from the centre of Burra, an historic mining town. The park has good basic facilities and plenty of large shady trees. It is an excellent base... Find out more

Port Broughton Caravan Park 77 km

A large park on the waterfront at the small town of Port Broughton, this is ideal for a quiet break or for fishing and crabbing. Bookings are required in peak periods, and a minimum-length stay period applies at Easter... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

North Bundaleer

One of the last grand homesteads pioneered in the mid-north has been miraculously restored to its former glory, taking pride of place among 160 hectares of farmland and bush 10 kilometres south of Jamestown. The standard... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gladstone park area 25 km

At Gladstone

Adjacent to the highway and next to a caravan park.

Georgetown park area 26 km

At Georgetown

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Laura park area 29 km

At Laura

Under shady trees opposite a caravan park.

Spalding park area 33 km

At Spalding

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Ippinitchie camping area 38 km

T/O at Wirrabara

In the forest 8km (partly unsealed) west of Wirrabara in Wirrabara Forest Reserve.

Murray Town camping area 45 km

At Murray Town

Large area just off the highway. In the middle of town. Good facilities. Limited shade.

Warnertown rest area 45 km

At Warnertown

Just off the highway. On the south side of town. For northbound only.

Mount Bryan rest area 47 km

At Mt Bryan

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the hotel.

Oodla Wirra South rest area 53 km

3km S of Oodla Wirra (R) or 31km N of Terowie (L)

Just off the highway among trees. 

Port Germein South rest area 56 km

72km S of Port Augusta (L)

Secluded behind trees. For southbound only.

Willochra Creek rest area 58 km

17km S of Wilmington (R) or 3km N of Melrose (L)

Just off the highway among trees.

Mambray Creek camping area 67 km

T/O 48km S of Port Augusta (L) or 47km N of Warnertown (R)

At the base of some ranges 5km east of the highway in Mt Remarkable National Park.

Snowtown North rest area 71 km

62km S of Warnertown (L)

Under trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Mambray Creek rest area 71 km

T/O 48km S of Port Augusta (L) or 47km N of Warnertown (L)

Under trees on both sides of the highway.

Wilmington park area 77 km

At Wilmington

Just off the highway. On the south side of town.

Hancocks Lookout rest area 77 km

T/O 18km SE of Princes Hwy (R) or 4km W of Wilmington (L)

At the lookout 7km (unsealed) south of the highway.

Baldina rest area 78 km

21km SE of Burra (L) or 64km NW of Morgan (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Point Lowly camping area 80 km

T/O 36km S of Eyre Hwy (L) or 11km N of Whyalla (R)

Near the foreshore 23km east of the highway via Port Bonython Rd.

Burra Creek Gorge camping area 81 km

T/O 16km SE of Burra (R) or 69km NW of Morgan (L)

Secluded bush setting on the banks of the creek 11km south-east of the highway. Donations accepted.

What's on around town

Producers Market: 1st Sun each month.

Bundaleer Forest Weekend: fine music, food and wine in the autumn; Mar.

Show: largest 1-day show in SA; Oct.

Christmas Pageant: Dec.

comments powered by Disqus