Crystal Brook

Tree goanna sculpture, Ken Stepnell

Population 1188

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, Crystal Brook Run, which extended from the current town to Port Pirie in the north-west. The country feel of the town begins on entering the tree-lined main street.

Visitor Information

Port Pirie Regional Tourism and Arts Centre, 3 Mary Elie St, Port Pirie; (08) 8633 8700 or 1800 000 424.

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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In Town

National Trust Old Bakehouse Museum: local history collection in the town's first 2-storey building; open 2–4pm Sun and public holidays, or by appt; Brandis St; (08) 8636 2328.

Crystal Crafts: local craft; Bowman St.

Creekside parks: popular spots for picnics.


The Big Goanna: we love our things big, be it fruit, rocking horses, or in this case, reptiles; 3 km N.

Bowman Fauna Park: enjoyable walks, including part of the Heysen Trail, around ruins of the Bowman family property, Crystal Brook Run (1847); 8 km E.

Koolunga: a small community, home to the mythical bunyip – in 1883 2 attempts to capture the beast were unsuccessful. Also craft outlets and the Bunyip River Walk on the banks of Broughton River; 10 km E.

Gladstone: set in rich rural country in the Rocky River Valley. Heritage-listed Gladstone Gaol offers daily tours. Try traditional soft drinks, including Old Style Ginger Beer, at the Trends Drink Factory in Sixth Ave (open weekdays) or discover the town's history on foot by picking up a map from the caravan park; 21 km NE.

Redhill: riverside walk, museum, craft shop and antique shop; 25 km S.

Laura: boyhood home of C. J. Dennis, author of The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, known for its cottage crafts, art galleries and historic buildings. Leaflet available for self-guide walking tour from Biles Art Gallery, Herbert St. The Folk Fair each Apr brings thousands of visitors to the town; 32 km N. West of town is the Beetaloo Valley and Reservoir, a pleasant picnic spot in cooler months.

Snowtown: surrounded by large salt lakes that change colour according to weather conditions. Lake View Drive is a scenic 6 km drive around the lakes. Lochiel–Ninnes Rd Lookout provides panoramic country and lake views; 50 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Port Broughton 36 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 55 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

Fitzgerald Bay 62 km

Snapper fishing has a language all of its own. In Queensland and NSW, anglers talk about small snapper as ‘squire’. In Victoria, small snapper are ‘pinkies’; in SA, they are known as... Find out more

Whyalla 67 km

Whyalla is snapper central for anglers. Every Easter the Australian Snapper Championships are based here and the top ten snapper weighed in are always over 10 kg. As you would expect with a destination where fishing is... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Diving with cuttlefish, off Whyalla 70 km

Every year between May and September, thousands of Australian giant cuttlefish converge on the rocky coastline between Fitzgerald Bay and False Bay at Whyalla (on the Eyre Peninsula’s north-east coast) to breed and... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Knappstein Enterprise Brewery 65 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

Redhill Recreation Ground 21 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

Curnow’s Hut camping area 30 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

White Cliffs Reserve 31 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

Ippinitchie Campground 32 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 32 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

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 35 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 36 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

Appila Springs camping area 46 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

Melrose Showgrounds camping area 58 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

Mambray Creek Campground 59 km

The park’s largest and most accessible campground is in a classic creek and river red gum setting. It offers a full range of facilities and ready access to the walking tracks heading east. Signposted access is off... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Crystal Brook Caravan Park 1 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 26 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

Port Broughton Caravan Park 38 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

Discovery Holiday Parks – Whyalla Foreshore 68 km

This large park close to town has most amenities for tourists. Bookings are required at Easter.... Find out more

Peterborough Caravan Park 71 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

Burra Caravan and Camping Park 77 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

Rest areas around town

Warnertown rest area 16 km

At Warnertown

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

Gladstone park area 16 km

At Gladstone

Adjacent to the highway and next to a caravan park.

Georgetown park area 17 km

At Georgetown

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Laura park area 21 km

At Laura

Under shady trees opposite a caravan park.

Ippinitchie camping area 32 km

T/O at Wirrabara

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

Port Germein South rest area 38 km

72km S of Port Augusta (L)

Secluded behind trees. For southbound only.

Spalding park area 40 km

At Spalding

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Snowtown North rest area 44 km

62km S of Warnertown (L)

Under trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Murray Town camping area 46 km

At Murray Town

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

Point Lowly camping area 56 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.

Mambray Creek camping area 59 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.

Mambray Creek rest area 60 km

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

Under trees on both sides of the highway.

Willochra Creek rest area 61 km

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

Just off the highway among trees.

Lake Lochiel rest area 62 km

82km S of Warnertown (L) or 33km N of Port Wakefield (R)

Just off the highway and overlooking the lake.

Fitzgerald Bay camping area 64 km

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

On the foreshore 24km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Port Bonython and Point Douglas rds.

Mount Bryan rest area 67 km

At Mt Bryan

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the hotel.

Hancocks Lookout rest area 74 km

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

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

What's on around town

Crystal Brook Show: Aug.

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