Established in 1915, the Eyre Peninsula township of Kimba has much to offer travellers passing through from east to west and vice versa. There are quite a number of beautiful spots to stop and rest in addition to the many unique attractions around town. Here's what you can expect if you're eager to take some time out to explore.
The Kimba silos were painted by Melbourne artist Cam Scale in 2017 and now portray a young girl playing in a wheat field. The endless depiction of wheat fields truly reflects Kimba as a major wheat growing area in South Australia. This artwork has got to be one of my favourites. I mean, just have a look at that magnificent purple sunset which kind of blends into the sky! A viewing platform, with ample parking, can be found on Railway Terrace.
Kimba also lies halfway across Australia, that is, it's the halfway point when driving between Sydney and Perth. And, there is a sign to prove it! The "Halfway Across Australia" sign provides more information about this very significant geographical location.
Not far from the sign is an eight-metre-tall galah standing proudly on the Eyre Highway. The big bird underwent a facelift recently and its pink head and underparts have become brighter than before. So, be sure you're not the galah and get ready to snap a picture with the galah instead. There is a gem shop onsite too for all your shopping needs.
The Eyre Highway was named after the first English explorer to traverse the Nullarbor Plain. In the mid 19th century, Edward John Eyre made that arduous journey with indigenous tracker Whylie. They had to deal with not only difficult terrain and extreme weather but also the lack of water and scarcity of feed. As a tribute to their efforts, sculptures of both these men have been erected on Whites Knob Lookout.
Lastly, you'll find a couple of murals in town, but the one that stood out to me was "Sharing our History" located at the Recreation Reserve on North Terrace. This mural, painted by artists John Turpie and Siv Grava, commemorates the pioneers of the Kimba district.