Built in the 1850s, Baroota Homestead was a six-roomed pine paling house with plastered ceilings and a cemented veranda. It became the head homestead for the Baroota run.
Located on the border of Goyder's Line, the Baroota run covered a large land area of approximately 17,000 hectares and was used as rough pasture for sheep. It flourished for twelve years before a devastating drought, followed by flooding rains, killed thousands of sheep. Livelihoods were destroyed in these harsh conditions as people constantly faced relentless heat, isolation, a lack of medical facilities and a shortage of essential supplies.
The remains of this struggling homestead can be seen along the Baroota Hike trail in the Mambray Creek
section of Mount Remarkable National Park
. Alternatively, they can also be reached by car. Turn left onto Park Road from Port Augusta, and the Baroota Homestead ruins are on your right.