Lyndhurst, South Australia

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Lyndhurst
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
State electorate(s) Stuart
Federal Division(s) Grey

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.

History[edit]

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[disambiguation needed][citation needed] 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[edit]

  • 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. Born on Tinga Tingana Station on the Strzelecki Track, South Australia in 1861. He died on 15 August 1976 at the Wamikata Nursing Home, Port Augusta at the age of 115 years.
  • 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.

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • 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