Places & Journeys



Lakes & Coorong
Farming Settlements


Karoonda is only 150 kilometres from Adelaide and 110 kilometres from Loxton, which is why Karoonda is referred to as the Heart of the Mallee. It is home to the Karoonda Farm Fair held anually each year.

Whilst in the area, stop at Pioneer Park, offering an insight into the history of the Karoonda district. Other features of interest are the Bakara Plains, with unusual limestone caves, and just out of Mercunda an Aboriginal Rock Pool is a must visit for anyone interested in carvings.

There are a variety of historical walks through-out town for you to enjoy. Allow one to two hours for each walk. Simply collect a Walk Brochure from the shelter near the Big Ram in Railway Terrace.

The rise and fall of the continental land mass and sea levels together with extreme climatic changes have all contributed to the present land forms in the area. Below your feet at about sea level is one ancient sea bed holding the sub artesian water basin which is tapped with bores. The water in this basin has gravitated from the Grampians in Victoria over thousands of years.

Established in 1911, the area is well served by such facilities as health care, banking, farming and related industries. Karoonda is an Aboriginal word meaning winter camp.