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Arthurton is a small town located centrally on the York Peninsula, a small distance down into the "boot" shaped extension of land. It was surveyed in 1876, and is said to have been named after Arthur, the son of the Governor of South Australia, Anthony Musgrave. Apparently its original name was "Kalkabury". Arthurton's major appeal is that it is located on the Upper York Road, and represents a point where several roads converge. Some of these roads are even sealed.
Starting at Arthurton, the traveler can continue onto the Ardrossen Road, or down to Maitland or across to Weetulla. Moonta is accessible to the north-west and Paskerville is north-slightly-east. Taking a short cut back to Paskerville or up to Kadina may require travel on unsealed roads.
You may be asking why this central location is advantageous if the town itself is very small? Well, there is an "overnight stay area" beside one of the old churches. This overnight stay area has toilets and bins provided, along with gas barbecues.
When we visited, we ate our lunch at the "Arthurton gourmet and convenience" store, which also doubles as a post office. Their super-crunchy chips are excellent, however, they do need to up-date their menu board so customers know what food is currently available. (It is understandable that a country take-away store may not provide everything.) The Arthurton Hotel cooks evening meals, but does not serve lunch. If you are staying over-night you can eat a nice meal at the pub.
Arthurton has a small historic cemetery, several old buildings including churches and a memorial hall worth a look. Its main appeal, however, is location and what appears to be free parking for the caravan or RV owning explorer.