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Karoonda Centenary Walk

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Published September 3rd 2022
Commemorating the town’s hardy pioneers
Karoonda main street

Karoonda is a pleasant and quiet township located 146 kilometres east of Adelaide and 66km from Murray Bridge. The town was established when a bore was dug and reliable water ensured that farming could begin in this area of the South Australian Mallee. The town is noted for its fine merino sheep, crops of wheat and barley, breeding of pigs, beef cattle and alpacas.

Centenary Walk

In the main street of the town is a small park called the Centenary Walk which was unveiled in 2011 to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the first water bore in the district. It also commemorates the resilient pioneers who settled in Karoonda.

Walking trail

The park features a paved short walk leading up to a windmill on a huge stone sculpture. At the bottom of the stone was the inscription "No Wind  No Water  No Life". There are chairs to sit, rest and reflect.


A short walking trail leads to a unique and touching sculpture of a woman with a child. The sculpture pays tribute to the hardworking women of the land. It is also an acknowledgement of farm tragedy and suicide in the farming sector which frequently results in times of hardships when women were left at home while their husbands were away off the farm looking for other work. Engraved all over the sculpture are words like love, kindness, courage, etc. which were needed to survive the farming community. The sculpture is made of a variety of farming scraps.


Also located in the park are six sculptures called the "Karoonda Shuffles". The sculptures portray the grain crops grown in the district. The silhouettes are made with shuttle screens that create the visual of wheat moving in the wind. Signage explains the installation of the sculptures.

Silo art

Also while in the town, visit their famous day and night silo art on Railway Terrace. It is a beautiful painted art during the day and a projected art at night.
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Why? Honouring the town’s pioneers
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Where: Karoonda, South Australia
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Definitely worth adding to the bucket list; little towns can be so interesting.
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