Cecelia writes stories & tutors English. Her ONLINE POETRY COURSE is available at: https://www.openlearning.com/courses/poetry-appreciation-and-analysis-skills.
Cecelia's articles are illustrated with photos by Allan who enjoys photography.
Published May 9th 2017
Stop the car and stroll around this lovely old town
Bute is a small town situated between the York Penninsula and the Mid-North of South Australia. It is approximately 148 km north-west of Adelaide on the most direct route, which is up the Port Wakefield Road (A1), onto the Copper Coast Highway (B85) and onto the Upper York Road. You can turn right just before the small township of Kulpara. Bute is 25 km south-west of Snowtown, and 32 km North-east of Kadina.
Bute was proclaimed as a town in 1884 and named after the Isle of Bute in Scotland. It was originally designed to be grazing ground, but as mining developed in the Copper Coast, it turned to general agriculture to supply the surrounding area. Today Bute is very, very quiet but is not without its attractions.
Memorial gardens, beside the Institute - Photo by Cecelia
1) Visit the "Fauna Park". I discovered this some years ago on an outing with the children and we were all thrilled to see kangaroos and emus for free in cages on the edge of a country town. I heard a rumour the anmals are gone, but they are still there. The Fauna Park is managed by the Lions International association.
2) Picnic in the town square. The central park area offers a great picnic opportunity, complete with children's play equipment and conveniences.
3) View local history. The local history society is very active, maintaining an archive and setting up displays of old machinery in the "History Shed" and grassy park in the centre of the town.
4) Stroll through the streets and see the buildings. As is common in country towns that once revolved around their railway station, the main street is called Railway Terrace. The Institute and Memorial Hall are historical and surrounded by a small rose garden. Surviving businesses include Foodworks, which appears to be an independent grocer and the Rural Transaction Centre which offers Australia Post, banking and other essential communication services. There is also a nursery which attracts plant loving visitors.The gallery, sadly, is only open a couple of days a week. Interesting buildings include several vintage churches, the old silos and the school.