Jamestown - Places to See

Jamestown Railway Station Museum
Located on the northern side of town (over the Belalie Creek and next to the grain silo) the Museum is in the old Railway Station (1878). It is part of the National Trust and contains local memorabilia and lots of agricultural equipment including an old Furphy water carrier. There is also a railway carriage, a crop stripper and memorabilia from a local emu factory (now long gone). It is located on Mannanarie Road, Open Monday to Saturday 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.; Sundays 2.00 p.m to 4.00 p.m. Contact (08) 8665 2036 for additional information.

Bundaleer Forest Reserve
Bundaleer Forest Reserve is located 9 km south of Jamestown. It was the state's first pinus radiata plantation. It dates back to 1875 when the state declared 9000 hectares a forest reserve. The reserve as a pleasant picnic location and a number of attractive and interesting walks including:

(i) the 'Maple Walk' (1.5 km) through groves of deciduous trees including English elm, ash, poplars, maples, and sycamores. This walk passes through country inhabited by echidnas, possums, kangaroos and euros although it is the lucky walker who sees them.

(ii) the 'Scenic Walk' (4.6 km) which offers views across the countryside from Campbells Hill. This walk takes about 1.5 hours and passes through stands of red river gum and forest red gum. This walk passes through country inhabited by echidnas, possums, kangaroos and euros although it is the lucky walker who sees them.

(iii) Conservator's Walk (4.6 km) which takes about 1.5 hours. On this section of the trail 'Curnow's Hut', an old timber cutters hut, has been restored for weary walkers.

There is a useful brochure available.

Town Walk
There is a brochure available titled 'A Tour of Jamestown' which includes 27 things in the town including the caravan park, the swimming pool and the council offices. It is particularly interesting and informative about Sir John Cockburn, the local doctor who became the local Mayor and ended up the Premier of South Australia. It was Cockburn who planted the trees in the town's main street. He also laid the foundation stone for the local Anglican Church (1880) and his house (1876) is still well preserved on the corner of Cockburn and Clifton Streets. It is no longer a doctor's surgery. There is also a statue to the good doctor in the town's main street.

Magnetic Hill
Now here's a novelty. At the museum in Jamestown get a copy of the brochure titled 'Take A Drive to Magnetic Hill'. It is a 50 km round trip and Magnetic Hill is off the main road from Jamestown to Orroroo. The locals claim that Magnetic Hill has some strange energy force and that if you park your car at the bottom of the hill, turn off the engine and place the gears in neutral, you will feel the car being pulled up the hill. If nothing else, it's a very pleasant drive.