Blyth

Blyth

For stunning views of the western plains, climb through the hills to Blyth.



The district was named in 1860 after Sir Arthur Blyth, who was one of the earliest statesmen in South Australia and was Premier on three occasions. The Blyth Plains were initially part of a huge pastoral run before the Blyth township was laid out on Section 198 in 1875, with the railway line bisecting the town.



On the Blyth Plains, apart from the small area of open plain, there was a 'scrub to the west as far as the eye could see'. The scrubland was cleared from growth with axes and sheer determination, chopping down larger trees and flattening small ones by using chains strung between two horses.



For many years Blyth was a railhead and, at its peak, boasted a flour mill, butter factory and hospital, as well as agricultural and machinery firms. Today, the town is a rich agricultural community, home to a successful football and netball club, cinema, art gallery, recently update Hotel for lunch and evening meals and a cluster of shops.