Salt Creek, South Australia

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Salt Creek
South Australia
Oil drill monument
Salt Creek is located in South Australia
Salt Creek
Salt Creek
Coordinates 36°07′0″S 139°39′0″E / 36.11667°S 139.65000°E / -36.11667; 139.65000Coordinates: 36°07′0″S 139°39′0″E / 36.11667°S 139.65000°E / -36.11667; 139.65000
Established 1850s
Postcode(s) 5264
LGA(s) The Coorong District Council
Region Limestone Coast
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker

Salt Creek is a small settlement in South Australia, located along the Coorong, and is also the location of the Coorong National Park Information Centre.

Oil rig monument[edit]

In 1892, a group of entrepreneurs, who believed there was oil located in the Coorong, drilled Australia's first oil well. They were unsuccessful, as it was later discovered that the 'oil' was in fact a flammable, compacted vegetable substance (known as 'coorongite'). A replica of the oil rig has been built as a monument to this enterprise. References in literature The novel "Salt Creek" by Lucy Treloar is set in the Coorong at Salt Creek in the 1850s and 1860s, and includes references to the "Travellers' Rest" Inn, and to William & Catherine Robinson, the proprietors, and to Malachi Martin, and the murder/s committed by Martin.