Winter Warmers in Goyder

After self-isolating at home, there is no better place to reignite your travel than to the Goyder region.

You only need to travel a short distance from Adelaide to breathe in the fresh clean air and safely explore the many wonders and delights that we have to offer.

The Burra and Goyder Visitor Information Centre is currently closed but will reopen in the very near future. They have put together you a delightful menu of “Winter Warmer” ideas that can help you get out and experience all that Goyder has to offer in the meantime. There is a bit of something for everybody to enjoy!

Winter Warmer 1 - Burra Heritage Passport

Enjoy the living cultural landscapes of our open-air sites in the Burra Heritage Passport for a limited time on us!

We have thrown open the gates at 3 of our sites free of charge to visitors the Burra Mine Site*, Smelts Paddock & Hampton Village

Grab some lunch at one of Burra’s fantastic cafés such as St Just Cafe, enjoy the views and sample some of our famed heritage sites

*Please note Morphett’s Engine House and the Powder Magazine are not currently open to the public.

Winter Warmer 2 - Red Banks Conservation Park

Revel in our natural wonders take a picnic to Red Banks Conservation Park

National Parks have opened the gates to day-visitors & camping so head on out to Red Banks Conservation Park for a day trip or an overnight stay! Head out of Burra on the Goyder Highway toward Morgan and hook a left at Eastern Road - follow the brown signs - there are 2 entries to the park the first is the landscapes of change walk and the second the day visitors area just over the hill

Winter Warmer 3 - Inspiration Point

Enjoy the living cultural landscapes & spectacular vistas of Inspiration Point

Just south-west of Robertstown is our own Inspiration Point (Look out the Fonz!) where spectacular views over the surrounding pastoral lands can be enjoyed with a picnic lunch and a cup of tea.

Take Scenic Hills Road south-west from Robertstown to the top of the hill and enjoy incredible vistas across bucolic pastoral scenes.

Grab some goodies at Lehmann’s General Store for a picnic, some take-away at the Robertstown Hotel or a cuppa at the Community Centre for your thrill on the hill.

Winter Warmer 4 - Mount Bryan East

Enjoy the living cultural landscapes & spectacular vistas at the summit of Mt Bryan East

Get your hiking gear out and take on part of the Heysen Trail! (Please take careful note of weather forecasts before heading off)

Hang a right just north of Mt Bryan onto the Mt Bryan East Road drive approximately 17km to the Heysen Trail stile on your left, park safely and walk approximately 50minutes to the summit of Mt Bryan – be of moderate to good fitness & take warm clothes. Whilst taking your photos keep an eye out for the eagles soaring high above you and don’t forget to sign the book and take a rest in Rex's Chair.

Winter Warmer 5 - Dares Hill Tourist Drive

Travel to the edge of the outback on the Dares Hill Tourist Drive!

It’s a great adventure for the amateur photographer, friends and families too so pack the 4WD for a full day’s excursion following Tourist Drive 21. Experience amazing outback & pastoral landscapes, ruins, gorgeous and ever-changing flora & fauna geological wonder & immense & awesome vistas.

You can start at Terowie or Hallett off the Barrier Highway and immerse yourself in the outback only 2 hours from Adelaide.

Don't forget to drop in at the Hallett General Store for a snack or to purchase their amazing handicrafts or drop into the Wildongoleeche Hotel. Otherwise, the BP Terowie Roadhouse will have you covered or on the way back the Whyte Yarcowie Pub.

Winter Warmer 6 - Colin Thiele Drive

Enjoy the living cultural landscapes of Eudunda & take the Colin Thiele Drive

A town steeped in rich history & wonderful food & hidden treasures! Keep your eye out for Mr Percival and Mr Thiele.

Make sure you pop into the famous Eudunda bakery where Anthony and Tanya are sure to delight your taste buds with their home-baked pastries and hot coffee before you head out and follow the Colin Thiele Drive. Also, why not visit the Eudunda Heritage Gallery where you will be more than welcomed, suggest checking opening hours prior to your visit. Pop in and say “Hi” to Dawn and David at The Light Hotel a great place to have a hot lunch or a quick snack before you head back or one of the other fine eateries

Winter Warmer 7 - Hallett and Terowie

Enjoy the living cultural landscapes of Hallett, Netfield (the birthplace of Sir Hubert Wilkins) and Terowie, our outback hideaway.

A leisurely drive around the township of Hallett before venturing across the Hallett Plains to check out the home of Sir Hubert Wilkins with a thermos of tea (Please note until 8th June in line with COVID reopening you cannot enter the residence). Then onto Terowie our hidden gem the former railway hub and where General MacArthur made his “I shall return” speech.

Follow the Barrier H/Way past Mt Bryan on to Hallett and drop into the Hallett General Store where you will be greeted by Chris and Sue who will look after you. While you are there check out the amazing handcrafts that are showcased throughout the store and don’t forget to collect the key to access the home where Sir Hubert Wilkins grew up, it’s a great place to stop and have a cuppa. Back to the general store to return the key.

Still feeling energetic then pick up the “Historical Walk of Hallett” booklet and check out Hallett’s history in buildings you will not be disappointed. Continue the Barrier H/Way to Terowie where time stands still, and follow the ‘Tour of Terowie”, which you can collect from the Burra & Goyder Visitor Information Centre. Phone prior to your visit to confirm opening hours. You have several options for lunch, Hallett Country Store and the Terowie BP have great takeaways, but if you fancy a hot pub lunch you are spoilt for choice. The Wildongoleeche Pub in Hallett where you will be welcomed by Graham, or just a few kilometres south on the Barrier highway you will come across Maureen running the Whyte Yarcowie Hotel. We would suggest you call ahead to confirm opening hours.

Thanks to the Burra and Goyder Visitor Information Centre for putting this article together. For further information, please call them on 1300 775 540email discover@visitburra.com or head to their website https://www.visitburra.com/.

The Burra Visitor Centre is a Tourism Accredited hub for business and tourism information in the heritage listed town of Burra.
Discover and explore the historic township of Burra with the Burra Heritage Passport. The passport gives you entry to the Burra Mine including dressing tower
The Burra Caravan and Camping Park is situated on the banks of the Burra Creek and is only a two minute walk from the centre.