Edward John Eyre, born in England in 1815, is remembered as the first man to cross this continent from Sydney to the Swan River. He was the first man to record his exploration of the three sides of the peninsula named in his honour. Lake Eyre and the Eyre Highway are also named in recognition of his skill, perseverance and courage as an explorer.
In 1838 he led an expedition from Streaky Bay. Passing through sandy terrain and scrubby vegetation, Eyre reached the Gawler Ranges where he identified Sturt’s Pea. Water had been scarce and Eyre was glad to find a good supply at Baxter’s Range, near Iron Knob. The expedition ended at Depot Creek, near Mt Arden.
In 1840 this trek was reversed by Eyre’s overseer, John Baxter. Recent rain had ensured adequate water and the party was able to follow the tracks made by their wagons the previous year. Meanwhile Eyre explored the eastern side of the peninsula. It was very hard for the horses to penetrate the dense vegetation. Feed was scarce and water more so. About 45kms east of where you are standing, Eyre found good grass and a spring of water. He was so relieved that he named the place Refuge Rocks, “for such they were to us in our difficulties”. At Port Lincoln, Eyre arranged for supplies to be shipped from Adelaide.
In 1841 Eyre left Port Lincoln and headed North West to Streaky Bay where he met John Baxter. Arrangements were made to ship supplies to Fowler’s Bay and the party set out for W.A. Poor feed and shortage of water so weakened the horses that they were not able to carry all the provisions wanted by the men.
Eyre was determined to explore beyond the Head of the Bight and was very aware of the difficulties ahead. At Fowler’s Bay he sent non-essential supplies and four men back to Adelaide by ship. It was at this stage that Wylie joined the expedition. He was from King George’s Sound and had accompanied Eyre on previous trips. Lack of water, scarcity of feed, difficult terrain and extremes of weather all combined to make this trek along the coast so arduous that men and horses perished. Fortunately for Eyre and Wylie, a whaling ship was anchored at Rossiter’s Bay and the two survivors were able to recuperate sufficiently to finish the trek to Albany.
Erected in November 2011, these stunning figures are an artistic tribute to Edward John Eyre and the indigenous men on whose bush skills he so often relied.
Sculpted by Roland Weight and Marcus Possingham, commissioned by the District Council of Kimba Tourism Committee and funded by the District Council of Kimba and a Tourism Development Grant.
Halfway Across Australia Sign
The sign provides information about Kimba and its location being halfway between Sydney and Perth.
Birdlife abounds with at least 140 species identified, the most common being emu, wedge tail eagle, galah, crested pigeons, honey-eaters, willy wagtail, white winged choughs, major mitchells and fairy wrens. Native fauna is also prolific with the Western Grey and the Red Kangaroos, and Euros, along with numerous reptile species. The Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat has made its home in parts of the Gawler Ranges.
Kimba has two Murals both situated on North Tce at the Recreation Reserve. The Mural pictured to the left was painted in August 2001 and named "Sharing our History" decidated to the pioneers of our district. The other two Murals were painted by local person Neil Swanson it represents local shearers and dedicated to local wool/sheep growers.
Including Roora Nature Walk, White's Knob, Moseley Nobs, Secret Rocks, Lake Gilles, Cortlinye, Pinkawillinie, Caralue Bluff, Carappee, the Gawler Ranges and Edward John Eyre's Refuge Rocks. Spend some time exploring by basing yourself at Kimba.
Roora Walking Trail
Whites Knob lookout
White Knob caves
Town Tourist Walk
Twenty tourist signs featuring historical photos and information have been put in place on the new 'Kimba Town Tourist Walk' on foothpaths & roadsides around the township. The Visitor Information Outlet, The Café, Community Hotel, Big Galah and Roadhouse have a brochure including a map for interested locals and travellers. The 'walk' is over 3 kms long with the first site being the old post office building on Railway Terrace, and the final sign is at the Kimba Soldiers Memorial Institute. It is a fascinating historical activity and a terrific addition to our town.
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Address: Eyre Highway, Kimba, SA, 5641
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Kimba and Gawler Ranges Historical Museum
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