Snowtown

Snowtown
A sleepy wheatbelt town centred around the railway line.
Snowtown is located 145 km north of Adelaide in an area known for its ideal conditions for sheep grazing and wheat growing. It is one of those towns on the road north from Adelaide which is very easy to drive through. Stop and admire the old Institute building and the charming St Canice's Catholic church.

The first pioneers arrived between 1867 and 1869. It was around this time that the old Snowtown Pub (1868) was built. It wasn't until 1869 that the government took much interest in the area. At this time they planned to establish towns throughout the district and to divide the land into much smaller holdings.

Snowtown is a small township which was formally proclaimed by Governor Jervois in 1878. Jervois named the town after one of the members of the Snow family - probably Thomas who was Jervois's aide de camp, although Sebastian Snow as the Governor's Private Secretary.

It is located on a fertile plain between the Mt Lofty Ranges and the Barunga Range.

The town's main street is Fourth Street which is notable for the large number of attractive public buildings - notably the Snowtown Memorial Hall (1919) which is attached to the Old Institute (1889). Over the road from the Institute is the town's tribute to the pioneers which tells the traveller that the town's population is 520. Elevation is 103 metres and it gets 389 mm of rainfall per annum.

The town achieved notoriety in 1999 when it became the site of the largest serial killing in Australia - a number of bodies were found in the town's disused bank building. When added to bodies found in a yard in suburban Adelaide the total came to eleven.

Things to see:

Lochiel-Ninnes Rd Lookout
A fine lookout across Lake Bumbunga, a very substantial salt lake. The lookout helps the visitor to understand the nature of the area.

Junction Hotel
Main St Brinkworth
Snowtown SA 5520
Telephone: (08) 8846 2152, 015 391 041

Lake View Hotel
Lochiel
Snowtown SA 5520
Telephone: (08) 8866 2208

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Snowtown Hotel
52 Railway Tce (East)
Snowtown SA 5520
Telephone: (08) 8865 2256
Facsimile: (08) 8865 2444

Snowtown 100 Mile Roadhouse
Highway One
Snowtown SA 5520
Telephone: (08) 8865 2212

Snowtown Hotel
52 Railway Tce (East)
Snowtown SA 5520
Telephone: (08) 8865 2256
Facsimile: (08) 8865 2444

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