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Inneston Historic Township

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Published August 19th 2020
Explore an abandoned town and stay among its ruins
Fancy spending the night in an abandoned town? Nobody lives there, except for visitors such as yourself who rent one of its renovated heritage lodges. These lodges are self-contained and can comfortably accommodate between two and ten people.

inneston lake
Inneston Lake

Once known as the thriving gypsum mining town, Inneston is now a historic township in the heart of Innes National Park. What remains are its lonely ruins standing proudly near the clear and slightly salty Inneston Lake. Staying overnight in one of the lodges gives you the experience of staying among ruins.

inneston general store
The general store

One way to explore Inneston is by following the easy two-kilometre Inneston Historic Walk trail. Taking about an hour to complete, this trail will transport you back to the era of gypsum-mining before the Great Depression. Inneston Lake was mined in summer when it was dry. Looking around its edges, you can see the depth to which the miners used picks and shovels to mine the top layers of gypsum.

Inneston bakery
The bakery

Inneston's resourceful early settlers built a plaster factory, shops, stores and dwellings using local materials such as quarried limestone and gypsum blocks. They had their own school, post office, bakery, general store and stables. They were a self-sufficient community although isolated from the outside world.

inneston post office
The post office

The post office was built to make the task of getting mail easier. Mail was taken to Edithburgh by the local hawker who owned a single-seater car. Using the car, instead of horse and buggy, reduced the travel time to just five hours! Today, the drive between Inneston and Edithburgh takes about an hour.

inneston stables
The stables

The stables were built for the Clydesdale horses used on the tramway to haul gypsum to the Stenhouse Bay jetty. Horsepower operated the tramway until diesel locomotives were introduced. For those who are keen, following the tramway along a four-kilometre trail will lead you to the bay. Alternatively, you could also drive there in 15 minutes.


Be sure to visit this historic township of Inneston next time you're in the Yorke Peninsula. And, do consider staying overnight too. Bookings can be made online via the National Parks and Wildlife Service's website.
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Why? Explore an abandoned town and stay among its ruins
When: Anytime
Where: Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula, SA
Cost: Various fees
Your Comment
What an historic place Audrey. Let's hope the old buildings are preserved for future generations to enjoy. I'm sure they will be as they are not sitting on 'valuable' real estate. Neil.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4582) 950 days ago
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