Sheep farm, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 1089

Keith is a farming town in the area formerly known as the Ninety Mile Desert. Settlers found the original land unpromising, but the area has since been transformed from infertile pasture to productive farmland with the addition to the soil of missing trace elements and water piped from the Murray.

Visitor Information

BP Southbound, cnr Riddock and Dukes hwys; (08) 8755 1700

Nearby national parks

  • Coorong National Park

    Coorong National Park is a long, narrow ribbon of saline wetlands, saltpans, coastal dunes and wild ocean beaches stretching for 150...more

  • Wyperfeld National Park

    In the state’s arid north-west, Wyperfeld is a vast park of open plains and spreading mallee eucalypts. The usually bone-dry bed of...more

  • Onkaparinga River National Park

    The rugged Onkaparinga River National Park features South Australia’s second-longest river as it slices through a steep valley and...more

Nearby towns

  • Bordertown

    In spite of its name, Bordertown is actually 18 kilometres from the South Australia–Victoria border in the fertile country of the Tatiara...more

  • Kingston S.E.

    Known as the 'Gateway to the South East', Kingston S.E. is at the southern end of Coorong National Park on Lacepede Bay. The area was once...more

  • Naracoorte

    Naracoorte dates from the 1840s, but its growth has been slow. In the 1850s it was a stopover for Victorian gold escorts and miners. Since...more

In Town

Congregational Church: National Trust church with 11 locally made leadlight windows depicting the town's life and pioneering history; Heritage St.

Early Settler's Cottage: limestone pioneer cottage; open by appt; Heritage St; (08) 8755 1118.

Keith Water Feature: water sculpture; Heritage St.


Ngarkat group of conservation parks Protecting 262 700 ha of sand dunes, mallee and heath are the 4 adjacent conservation parks – Ngarkat, Scorpion Springs, Mt Rescue and Mt Shaugh. The walking trails are an excellent introduction to the region's vegetation. Birdwatching is particularly good at Rabbit Island (Mt Rescue) and Comet Bore (Ngarkat). For panoramic views, try walking to the summit of Mt Rescue, Goose Hill or Mt Shaugh. Visitors can drive through the parks on the Pinaroo–Bordertown Rd. The main entrance is via Snozwells Rd near Tintinara.

Monster Conservation Park: scenic views and picnic spots; 10 km S.

Tintinara Homestead: one of the first homesteads in the area, with woolshed, shearers quarters and pioneer cottage; caters for visitors; 38 km NW.

Mt Boothby Conservation Park: mallee scrub, granite outcrops and wildflowers in spring; 58 km NW via Tintinara.

Campsites around town

Rabbit Island Soak camping area 19 km

Good for smaller groups, and accessible with 4WD only, this site is also popular with birdwatchers. It's on the Mt Rescue Loop, 30 km north of Keith.... Find out more

Bucks Camp Soakage camping area 20 km

This is a good overnight option for those on the Dukes Hwy. Access is signposted off the hwy, 16 km north-west of Keith; drive for a further 9 km to this birdwatchers’ site.... Find out more

Gum Lagoon camping area (bush camping) 28 km

Self-sufficient bush camping is signposted off Keith–Cantara Rd, 44 km south-west of Keith. Access to the camping area requires a 4WD.... Find out more

Poocher Swamp camping area 37 km

On Cannawigara Rd, 9 km west of Bordertown, large river red gums and abundant birdlife feature. There are no facilities, so come prepared to be self-sufficient.... Find out more

Jimmies Waterhole camping area 41 km

There is self-sufficient camping off the beaten track in the small settlement of Mundulla, just minutes from the busy Dukes Hwy. This site is beside Mundulla Swamp with access off Rowney Rd, 10 km west of Bordertown.... Find out more

Messent camping area (bush camping) 53 km

Remote bush camping is reached from Bellar Rd if you’re coming from the north, or from Salt Creek Rd if accessing from the south. Contact Parks SA for camping details and a permit.... Find out more

Box Flat camping area 54 km

This natural soak and seasonal wetland offers shaded campsites. Nearby ruins tell the tale of thwarted attempts to farm this area. Access is off Baan Hill Track, 38 km south of Lameroo.... Find out more

Comet Bore camping area 54 km

A birdwatchers’ favourite, this site is also great for large groups. It is 60 km south of Pinnaroo, on the Bordertown–Pinnaroo Rd.... Find out more

Padthaway camping area (bush camping) 57 km

Bush camping with no facilities and limited access is reached from the Padthaway–Bordertown Rd, 4 km north-east of Padthaway. Access is by 4WD or on foot. Drinking water, accommodation and campsites are available... Find out more

32 Mile Crossing camping area 60 km

An exposed coastal site close to the beach access track, this camping area for self-sufficient campers is reached from the Princes Hwy, 39 km north of Kingston SE. Pick up a permit from the self-registration station.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Bordertown Caravan Park 44 km

This is a very tidy park with good facilities, right in the heart of town. It is budget priced and easily accessible from the Western Highway.... Find out more

Kaniva Caravan Park 86 km

This is a budget-priced, council-owned caravan park with no full-time attendee. Take a site and the caretaker will call by. The park, with basic facilities and nice grassy sites, is situated next door to the town pool.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

McIntyre Cottage

This surprising sanctuary on the outskirts of town is within walking distance of the main street. Handcrafted timberwork, rendered stone walls, tiled floors and well-chosen artworks create the romantic atmosphere of a... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Coorong Wilderness Lodge 89 km

Opened early in 2009, the five beautiful cabins here on a limestone cliff on Aboriginal lands have 180 degree views over the Coorong, with pelicans, ducks and other birds flying past at window height. The cabins have... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Keith park area

At Keith

On the north side of town on the service road.

Willalooka park area 33 km

At Willalooka

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the roadhouse.

Tintinara park area 36 km

At Tintinara

Adjacent to the highway. At the south end of town.

Bordertown park area 44 km

At Bordertown

Off the highway on the main road through town at Tolmer Park.

Winavon rest area 45 km

48km S of Keith (R) or 60km N of Naracoorte (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Culburra rest area 50 km

13km NW of Tintinara (L)

Secluded among trees well off the highway. For northbound only.

Padthaway park area 57 km

At Padthaway

Located on the south side of town via the service road.

Forty-Two-Mile Crossing camping area 61 km

T/O 78km S of Meningie (R) or 66km N of Kingston (L)

At a clearing behind dunes 3km (unsealed) west of the highway in Coorong National Park.

South Australian Border rest area 62 km

18km E of Bordertown (R) or 25km W of Kaniva (L)

Just off the highway among trees at the state border.

Coonalpyn park area 63 km

At Coonalpyn

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Loop Road camping area 64 km

T/O 61km SE of Meningie (R) or 83km NW of Kingston (L)

Opposite a lake 1km (unsealed) off the highway in Coorong National Park.

Coorong rest area 72 km

120km S of Meningie (R) or 24km N of Kingston (L)

Just off the highway among shady trees.

Pinnum rest area 73 km

10km NW of Coonalpyn (L)

Sheltered among trees just off the highway. For northbound only.

Morambro Creek rest area 76 km

83km S of Keith (L) or 25km N of Naracoorte (R)

Under shady trees at the junction with Bordertown Rd.

Parnka Point camping area 87 km

T/O 23km S of Meningie (R) or 121km NW of Kingston (L)

Two camping areas located 2km (unsealed) south of the highway on the foreshore in Coorong National Park. Toilets at nearby 'day use only' area.

Peake rest area 89 km

At Peake

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Murrabinna rest area 90 km

11km E of Kingston (L) or 94km N of Millicent (R)

Just off the highway among trees.

Coomandook park area 92 km

At Coomandook

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Parilla rest area 93 km

At Parilla

Adjacent to the highway under shady trees.

Black Cockatoo Bush camping area 95 km

T/O at Naracoorte

Large campground in a natural bush setting 14km (partly unsealed) north-east of Naracoorte via Cadgee and Chapples rds. Some powered sites and other accommodation available.

Sherlock rest area 100 km

At Sherlock

Adjacent to the highway under a couple of trees. Opposite the general store.

What's on around town

Keith Show: Oct.

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