Self Drive

There are several self drive Day Trips recommended:

Johnburgh Loop

Mostly unsealed roads generally suitable for 2wd road. This approx. 80km loop self drive is a great way to get a glimpse of early settlement. The trail follows the Johnburgh/Belton/Carrieton/Oladdie Roads, several green and white tourist roadside round signs are along the loop. Road conditions may vary. Trail map, road conditions and interpretive brochure available from the Visitors Information Centre. (recommend: The Stones and Rail interpretive historic songs and stories CD)

Orroroo Magnetic Hill Loop

44km loop drive, trail and interpretive brochure available from Visitors Information Centre

This drive heads South/West out of Orroroo past the hospital toward Pekina, passing the commemorative Goyders Line monument on your right, Magnetic Hill directional (turn left) signs are just after Pekina. This road is approx. 9km of sheeted road (suitable for 2wd and towing vehicles).

After experiencing the phenomenon at Magnetic Hill travel onwards toward the historic town of Black Rock; the first land sold in 1873, the post office opened in 1873 (run by Kate O’Gorman – a young 15 year old), most early settlers arrived by horse or bullock teams. In the early 1890’s the existing hotel was built and almost 100 children were attending the local school. Worth noting there was a number of South Australian parliamentarians from Black Rock.

High Peak Self Drives

There are several beautiful drives to explore peaks and ranges in the district. The Northern area to Orroroo (Johnburgh, Oladdie, Bendleby Ranges & Horseshoe) have several high peaks. The Moockra Peak just west to Carrieton is well worth driving to and taking the short hike to the top for the beautiful scenery.

South East to Orroroo there are various ranges and hills to explore from the car or hiking including popular Magnetic Hill. Trail maps, access details and interpretive brochure available from the Visitors Information Centre.

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