"CRYSTAL BROOK - WHERE THE FLINDERS BEGIN!" Crystal Brook by balhannah

Crystal Brook Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 14 photos


Crystal Brook is the southern gateway to the Flinders Ranges.

Located 198 km north of Adelaide, it's in the heart of some of South Australia's most productive sheep and wheat country.

Big grain silos and two wonderful stands of tall trees, a main street with lovely peppercorn trees, historic buildings, it's a little like time has stood still, but we did find more people out and about here, than the previous town of Laura.

The area was first explored by Edward John Eyre who passed through the district in 1839.

It was changed to Crystal Brook when William Younghusband and Peter Ferguson established a pastoral property by that name 'Crystal Brook Run', which extended across to Port Pirie and occupied 560 square miles.

The main homestead, Bowman Park, is now part of the Bowman Park Native Fauna Section.

By 1873, the township of Crystal Brook had been surveyed and proclaimed. Slowly it grew, but it was never to become a major centre.

After enjoying a full day tour of some delightful towns in the Southern Flinder's Ranges, we head back to Port Pirie to spend the night, then in the morning we move onto the lovely seaside town of ARDROSSAN

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  • In a nutshell:Attractive South Australian country town
  • Last visit to Crystal Brook: Apr 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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