"LAURA - A TYPICAL NORTHERN TOWN" Laura by balhannah

Laura Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 41 photos

Laura is a delightful northern town in South Australia, made famous by having the Golden North Ice-cream factory here.

Laura was named after the wife of pioneer pastoralist Herbert Hughes. Her name was Laura Bristow Hughes
The town was founded as a district centre in 1871 after his vast ?Booyoolee Run? was carved up into settler farms.

Two Chinese market gardeners settled here and implemented South Australia's first irrigation system to grow vegetables and fruit at Laura.

Beer, ice and dairy products were later produced in the town for shipment to Broken Hill after its mining operations were established in the 1880s.

Flax was also produced in the area.

This poem, 'Laura Days' was written by Poet C.J. Dennis, to celebrate the town's Golden Jubilee (50years) in 1932.

"When the evening sun slants through the gums,
By my forest-rimmed abode
Once more the old clear picture comes,
And my mind drifts down the road;
Back to the town by Beetaloo,
Where the rocky river strays;
Back to the old kind friends I knew
In the dear dead Laura days."

Laura holds a Folk Fair in April every year. There is no admission fee, and it goes for 2 days.

Then yearly in July, is the Laura Country Music Festival

After enjoying a great meal and then a walk to burn off some calories, it was time to move onto CRYSTAL BROOK, another northern town.

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  • In a nutshell:Great food, interesting town
  • Last visit to Laura: Apr 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Had to read this page as my own daughter's name was Laura! Lovely little village -- peaceful and quiet. Wouldn't I love to have a store which made custom shoes!! But the ice cream alone would be worth a trip to visit here!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    You are right, it seems to be a delightful little town, love the candy store :)

  • thegreynomad's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Laura is quite a surprising town for only a small one. In my opinion, Golden North Ice-cream is the best in Australia.


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