Heritage Museum, Max Wurfel

Population 587

In the 19th century the harshness of the land prevented settlers from properly establishing a farming community here. Instead, they chose the more fertile conditions south-west. The arrival of rail in 1906 and the influx of farming families allowed the community to grow. Although conditions remained tough, the now-renowned Mallee spirit of the farmers allowed the region's agricultural industry to strengthen to what it is today.

Visitor Information

Mallee Tourist and Heritage Centre, Railway Tce South; (08) 8577 8644.

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Murrayville

    Murrayville is a small town on the Mallee Highway near the South Australia border. It is near three major, remote national parks:...more

  • Loxton

    Although the area around Loxton was originally settled largely by German immigrants, the town's boom began when servicemen returned from...more

  • Keith

    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...more

In Town

Mallee Tourist and Heritage Centre Established in 1999, the centre dwarfs its former home in the old railway station which is now a Pioneer Women's Museum. The new building comprises the D. A. Wurfel Grain Collection, featuring the largest cereal collection in Australia (1300 varieties); working letter presses in the Printing Museum; dioramas, interpretive displays and photos depicting local history in the Heritage Museum; and a collection of restored farm machinery in the Gum Family Collection. Open 10am–1pm or by appt; Railway Tce Sth; (08) 8577 8644.

Animal Park and Aviary: South Tce.


Karte Conservation Park: includes a walking trail through low scrub and 40 m high sand dunes; 30 km NW.

Billiatt Conservation Park: the 1 km walk through mallee scrub and dune country ends with panoramic views from Trig Point; 37 km NW.

Lameroo: Mallee town with historic 1898 Byrne pug-and-pine homestead (Yappara Rd) and railway station (Railway Tce); 40 km W.

Ngarkat group of conservation parks: south-west of town; see Keith.

Peebinga Conservation Park: important reserve for the rare western whipbird; Loxton Rd; 42 km N.

Campsites around town

Ngallo Park camping area 12 km

This compact, rustic camping area is located 2.5 km south of the Mallee Hwy down Ngallo South Rd. If you want to make use of the fireplace, bring your own wood. Further south of here are the vast reaches of Big Desert... Find out more

Pine Hut Soak camping area 18 km

The start of many hikes, this site has a picnic table and toilets, and can handle caravans. Check road conditions with Parks SA if there has been rain. Follow the sign 5 km south of Pinnaroo via Rosy Pine Rd.... Find out more

Coburns Pines camping area (bush camping) 21 km

This big, open camping area, located in the west of the park, has a scattering of bush campsites. Bring everything with you as there are no facilities here. Head west on Firebreak Track for 12.5 km from the Murrayville... Find out more

Blue Gums camping area 23 km

This is a big bush-camping site with some wood-fired BBQs – bring your own wood. Head west down Firebreak Track for almost 5.5 km from the Murrayville Track junction to reach the turning for Blue Gums Track. From... Find out more

Red Gums camping area 24 km

Like Coburns Pines, Red Gums is a dispersed bush campsite with no facilities, excepting some weathered picnic tables. Also in the western reaches of the state forest, and accessed via sandy tracks, you can reach it by... Find out more

Karte camping area (bush camping) 25 km

Bush camping (permit required) is allowed in the northern corner of the park, with vehicle access off Karte Rd, 30 km north-west of Pinnaroo. It is popular with mallee-fowl watchers.... Find out more

Peebinga camping area (bush camping) 31 km

Bush camping is permitted 37 km north of Pinnaroo, reached from the Pinnaroo–Loxton Rd via the Kringin turn-off.... Find out more

Border Track camping areas 35 km

There are 5 camping areas for well-prepared campers along the remote Border Track, on the SA–Vic. border. Only experienced drivers in high-clearance 4WD vehicles should attempt this one-way route; it's open 1... Find out more

Lameroo Lakeside Caravan Park 37 km

Camping is available at the caravan park in this small farming town. Contact the local hotel for bookings. Located next to Lake Roberts, this park has powered and unpowered sites.... Find out more

Pertendi Hut camping area 44 km

All-vehicle access is possible to this popular site, a restored historic hut and picnic area. Walking trails explore the mallee vegetation. Signposted access is off Pinnaroo–Bordertown Rd, 48 km south of Pinnaroo.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Loxton Riverfront Caravan Park 96 km

This is a neat, tidy and spacious park with good amenities and large shady trees along the banks of the river. Several sites are above the high flood level; many of the flood levels of past years are recorded on a tree... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Pinnaroo East rest area 5 km

6km E of Pinnaroo (L) or 21km W of Murrayville (R)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Parilla rest area 23 km

At Parilla

Adjacent to the highway under shady trees.

Murrayville park area 25 km

At Murrayville

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the hotel.

Danyo rest area 31 km

6km E of Murrayville (L) or 53km W of Underbool (R)

Well off the highway among numerous small trees.

Lake Crosbie camping area 78 km

T/O 50km E of Murrayville (L) or 9km W of Underbool (R)

Located 12km (unsealed) north of the highway on the edge of the lake in Murray-Sunset National Park.

Underbool park area 82 km

At Underbool

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Peake rest area 88 km

At Peake

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

What's on around town

Pinnaroo Show: Oct.

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