Amongst the gum creeks, overflowing Oladdie Hills, and the imposing Horseshoe Range, a visit to Carrieton heralds your arrival into the ‘Outback.’


The enchanting town of Carrieton was named after Governor Jervois’ daughter Carrie back in 1878. Today, amongst the gum creeks, overfl owing Oladdie Hills, and the imposing Horseshoe Range, a visit to Carrieton heralds your arrival into the ‘Outback.’

The beautiful Carrieton Mural (at the public conveniences) depicts a range of European activities in the Carrieton area dating back to the 1870s, and consisting of almost 900 gloriously hand-painted clay tiles. Also, catch a glance of the remains of the large Yanyarrie Whim stone tank once a signifi cant watering hole for drovers and travelling livestock.

After staying at the Caravan Park or one of the Award-winning 4WD and Camping station stays, take the Johnburgh Loop Tour. This is a scenic loop drive circling the Oladdie Hills with many photo opportunities of gum creeks, slate outcrops, ruins and old buildings in the deserted towns of Johnburgh and Belton, a variety of vegetation, pine tree stands, mallee scrub and bluebush.

A highlight of the Australian rodeo scene, the Carrieton Rodeo is a ‘must-do,’ it is an exciting time of year, where the small town pulls together to create something truly spectacular. Have a picture taken with ‘Cloudbuster’, the legendary buckjumping horse at the southern entrance to Carrieton.

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The Carrieton Rodeo is one of the largest Rodeo’s in South Australia. The inaugural event took place in 1953 and runs annually in December. The Rodeo features some of the best riders in Australia and attracts thousands of people from all over the country.

The Flinders Ranges Campdraft is held every year, usually in April. It is a very popular event with live entertainment, free camping and showers. A canteen and licensed bar are provided along with a Friday night BBQ, Saturday night dinner and activities for the kids.

A great weekend to see some unique horse riding events in a friendly country environment.

Carrieton Campdraft