On our recent road trip north, we stopped by a small town called Blyth, which is located approximately 13 kilometres west of the Clare Valley. For many years, Blyth was a railhead with a flour mill and agricultural and machinery firm. Today Blyth is a farming community with a population of approximately 300 people. Though a small town, it has a hotel, a general store, a Post Office, and even a cinema.
About 6 kilometres east of the town is the Brooks Lookout. The Lookout was opened in 2001 and is considered one of the big Australian panoramas as it gives visitors a panoramic view of the Blyth and Wakefield plains as well the Barunga and Hummocks ranges. You can also see 90 kilometres to the south west of the Yorke Peninsula. There is also a picnic table with shelter, interpretative signage and a large carpark. A short easy walk through the gates from the car park will lead you to the lookout.
The next time you are in the Clare Valley region, do stop by Blyth and enjoy the hospitality of South Australia's country town and if time permits, the nearby townships of Balaklava and Owen are also worth a visit.
The Cafe (has good coffee!) and both Galleries are worth a visit toođź™‚; one has a history element and indigenous art and the other a focus on birds, indoor plants and native plants (particularly of the area)