This is another northern South Australian area where you will find many ruins. These are homesteads and shed, built by the first settlers who came here and tried to make a living. First they had to clear the land by hand, and then they had to try and make a living, a hard thing to do back then on the land. Eventually the land and lack of good...more
How many places in this modern world do you find a shop that will make shoes especially to fit your foot? Not many, but here in Laura is just the Shop, and do shoe repairs too!Since 1989 they have been making custom made shoes, your style and choice of leather for your shoes.They make leather shoes, sandals and boots in leather with synthetic soles...more
You need to keep your eyes peeled when walking Herbert street, because there still are signs of old.In the tree trunks are the steel rings put there years ago when Horses were the main mode of transport.Then I liked their electricity poles. These are made of steel and concrete and are an eyesore anywhere, but here they have painted murals around...more
What a find was this shop!I happened to come across it as I walked the main street, and being a lover of old time sweets that I can't buy anymore, I headed inside. Well, there were the shelves, lined with jars and jars full of old time lollies and newer varieties too!~Best of all, they had my favorite that I can't buy in Queensland, Australia,...more
A must do when in Laura is to have a Golden North Icecream.Laura is the home of this iconic South Australian Icecream company which has been producing high quality icecream since 1923.Golden North is a favorite of mine, especially their honey icecream and the chocolate coated giant twin bars, yummy! These days, they make a lot of flavours to have...more
Located at one end of the main street is a statue of the famous Australian Poet C.J. Dennis.His family came to Laura in 1890, where his father was publican of the Beetaloo Reservoir Hotel.He was known as an Australian poet who wrote humorous poems, especially "The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke", published in the early 20th century. His 1916...more
I had quite a surprise when I walked over to the Rotunda to take a photo, for there inside was the history of the town. On information boards in the Rotunda were photos and description of events that have taken place in Laura. I found out Laura was flooded in 1914, something I found hard to imagine, but there before me were the photos of proof....more
I loved walking Laura's main street! It is quite long, and it does have a lot of heritage buildings.Some I found still had their original painting, others had been painted and looked a picture.It is a bit like stepping back in time here. In the middle of the day, there was hardly a person in sight. The street was wide, made this way for the Bullock...more
The Old Court House, built in 1877, is another heritage building I found on my walk. It's now part of the local Rocky River Historical & Art Society.It operated as a Court House for 90 years and was only closed down in 1968. It has been painted beautifully and has some beautifully crafted chairs outside.It is used for art exhibitions during the...more
As I walked around Laura, I could see this tall tower, what was it, I had to know, so I followed my nose until I found it.It turned out to be the "Old brewery" B&B, and yes, it was a Brewery back in 1874 when it was built. It operated as a brewery for the next 20 years until it was closed in 1894. It became a private residence in 1907.more
The town hosts the annual Laura Folk Fair, a two-day festival. During the Laura Folk Fair, the town centre becomes a large mall lined with art, craft, hobby and food stalls. The food stalls include baked potatoes, barbecue, hotdogs, strawberries and ice cream, home cooked biscuits, pizza and Devonshire Teas. There is non-stop entertainment from...more
Australian poet and writer CJ Dennis, of 'The Sentimental Bloke' fame, is a much respected early identity of Laura. His father was the licensee of the Beetaloo Reservoir Hotel from 1892 to 1910. Clarrie Dennis spent much of his youth in Laura.Published in 1915 when the nation was grieving for the dead who fell at Gallipoli, The Sentimental Bloke...more
The De'Cafe at Laura was our lunchtime destination.They offer lunch and dinner six days a week, BUT IF YOU ARE HERE ON A THURSDAY LIKE WE WERE, YOU CAN HAVE A ROAST [choice of four roasts] and desserts at just $14.90 per personAt this price and offer, the small Cafe was fairly full, but not to worry, there is outdoor seating.We managed to sit...more
We literally rode into this cafe to escape the rain. Turns out that the lady who runs it came from a town Rosemarie had spent some time at (Singleton) so there was a common thread of conversation there.We only had coffee and cake, both very acceptable thank you, and found the ambience and food to our liking.more
Probably the first thing I noticed about Laura, was the lovely avenue of Pepper Trees.
Pepper trees are a large and spreading tree growing to a height of 12m.
They grow extremely well in the north of Australia as they are resistant to fire and drought.
The tree has drooping fern-like leaves with many leaflets which are aromatic when crushed. Flowers hang in clusters with the female flowers turning into bright red berries. In paddocks, you will see Sheep and Cattle underneath them, they appreciate the shade from these trees in the hot climate.
Homestead gardens often planted them for much needed shade too!
The delightful town of Laura is nestled into the eastern slopes of the southern Flinders Ranges. Situated on the banks of the southerly flowing (and I use the term loosely as it seldom is) Rocky River, amid stately red gums, Laura is a perfect base from which to visit the many surrounding attractions and scenic drives.
Laura is the home of famed Golden North Ice cream. You can taste some delicious ice cream varieties at friendly cafes in the main street.
Fondest memory: Don't get too excited when you see the information centre. Sometimes it's open, sometimes it's not. It's that sort of town.