If you enter Orroroo from Peterborough like we did, then have a peep behind the Orroroo sign in the centre median strip, for sitting here are a group of corrugated iron Kangaroo's.
Then at the other end, are a pair of corrugated iron Horses pulling a plough. Both lots are exceptionaly well done, who-ever did them is very clever!
You must go and have a look at this.
The road is signposted, so look for it as it's just over the bridge on the road that leads to Wilmington.
The beautiful red gum is 10.4 metres or 34 feet in circumference, and it climbs 6 metres or 20 feet before there is a fork in the trunk. It is estimated to be over 500 years old!
When you stand beside it, you feel like a midget!
In the area, there are other big Red Gums, but not quite as big as this one.
Just outside of Orroroo, at the Morchard Parking Bay, is a stone monument standing in the spot where Goyder's line crosses. George Woodroffe Goyder in 1865, drew on a map a line where he thought drought would prevail and rain would fall and be suitable for agriculture
North of Goyder's Line, the rainfall is not reliable enough, and the land is only suitable for grazing and not cropping. You can distinctly see the change of vegetation, from salt bush in the north and mallee scrub in the south.
In the 1865, some Farmers disregarded this knowledge, and headed north after a good rain. They started new farms and planted crops, only to abandon their farms through drought. Goyder was proved correct and the land was indeed unsuitable for crops. Lots of farmhouse ruins can still be seen near Goyder's line. Life was tough back then!
Amazingly, it is quite accurate most of the time.
I went into this place not because of the food. I simply liked the atmosphere and I wasn't disappointed.
The staff are friendly and the food was pleasing though I should add I went for a basic food, as in their bacon and eggs breakfast, so I couldn't comment reliably on the rest of their fare.
Sometimes in country towns, if you look carefully, there are things that make one smile. These two items fit comfortably into that category. The first dates to 1938 though I initially suspected it might have been more modern. Interesting how country towns can sustain a building such as this yet you would never see one in the city.
Fondest memory: I pondered at length the Blacksmiths building. I expect this would hark back to a time of masonry and such when workers had their meeting places. It would certainly be over a century old.