Lyndhurst, South Australia

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South Australia
Lyndthurst location map in South Australia.PNG
Location of Lyndhurst in South Australia (red)
Coordinates 30°17′S 138°20′E / 30.283°S 138.333°E / -30.283; 138.333Coordinates: 30°17′S 138°20′E / 30.283°S 138.333°E / -30.283; 138.333
Established 1896
Postcode(s) 5731
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACDT (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s) Outback Communities Authority
Region Far North[1]
State electorate(s) Stuart[2]
Federal Division(s) Grey[3]
Localities around Lyndhurst:
Myrtle Springs Farina Station Mount Lyndhurst
Myrtle Springs Lyndhurst Leigh Creek Station
Myrtle Springs Leigh Creek Station Leigh Creek Station
Footnotes Adjoining localities[4]

Lyndhurst is a town in north-east South Australia which is at the crossroads of the Strzelecki Track and the Oodnadatta Track. It began as a railway siding in 1878.


The original inhabitants were the aboriginal nation of the Yantruwanta. The town is at the southern end of the Strzelecki Track, whose northern end is at Innamincka. It was once a station on the original train route north known as the Great Northern Railway that was planned to reach Darwin, but only ever made it to Alice Springs. This railway line became known as the Ghan, and the last train ran along it in 1980. The route was always subject to the weather and wash outs, and a more permanent route has been constructed some 200 km to the west, and subsequently extended to Darwin in 2003. 80 km to the north is Marree, a small town that is at the junction of the Oodnadatta and Birdsville Tracks.[citation needed]

Lyndhurst was Gazetted as a town in 1896, and initially served as a freight centre for the railways that were connected in 1882. Mount Lyndhurst, 30 km east, was named after the British Lord Chancellor by the government surveyor Samuel Perry. In the 1860s, Thomas Elder took up vast areas in the northern Flinders region and called the property Mount Lyndhurst.[citation needed]

Visitor attractions

  • Ochre Cliffs, approximately 2 km north of the town, is the site of an aboriginal mine that provided colours to be used in dyes and paints.
  • Murtee Johnny’s grave – he was the last full blood Yantruwanta/Yandruwandha Aboriginal man. He was born c.1888 and died in Adelaide in 1979. He was an accomplished stockman, working on the Mount Hopeless in the Flinders Ranges.[5]
  • Mount Lyndhurst Important Bird Area, lying about 30 km east of the town on Mount Lyndhurst Station, is a well-known birdwatching site for chestnut-breasted whitefaces.
  • Talc Alf, the Talc Mine, and Alf's art.

See also


  1. ^ "Far North SA government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  2. ^ "District of Stuart Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Federal electoral division of Grey, boundary gazetted 16 December 2011" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Search result for "Lyndhurst (LOCB)" (Record noSA0041724) with the following layers selected - "Suburbs and Localities" and "Place names (gazetter)"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  5. ^ *Hercus, Luise A. (1980). "'How we danced the Mudlunga': Memories of 1901 and 1902" (PDF). 4 (1). Aboriginal History: 27.

Further reading

  • Lewis, Craig and Savage, Cathy (2005) Australia's top 4WD getaways Prahran, Vic. Explore Australia Publishing. ISBN 1-74117-067-2
  • Tolcher, H.M., Drought or Deluge

External links

  • smh
  • SA history
  • "Aborigines in South Australian History". Retrieved 2014-04-11.
  • Ochre Cliffs (5 km north of Lyndhurst)
  • Talc Alf and his art
  • Lyndhurst Talc Alf Carvings
  • Lyndhurst Hotel-Motel and Caravan park
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