Welcome to the Town of Laura (South Australia)
Our town has a population of approximately 600 and yet on some days you’d think we had at least 10 or 15 more 😉
You’ll find us in the Mid North/Southern Flinders Ranges area of South Australia, 252m above sea level and just 12km north of the town of Gladstone. Port Pirie is a rural stones throw away to the West at 40km and Jamestown is 30km to the East. Stone Hut (The Stone Hut Bakery) and the town of Wirrabara are 8km and 17km North of Laura respectively.
The town of Laura is quite convenient for day trips to the surrounding sights. You could take a day trip up to Aligator Gorge, Appila Springs or enjoy a relaxing walk and picnic in the Wirrabara Forest. For the more adventurous, there’s always Mount Remarkable waiting for you to climb.
A few ‘notable well-knowns’ are in Laura South Australia…
Laura is celebrated for being the boyhood home of the poet C.J. Dennis, author of ‘The Sentimental Bloke’ and ‘Laura Days’ along with other good Aussie literature.
The other ‘famous’ resident in Laura is the Golden North Ice-cream factory which has been manufacturing ice cream in the town since 1923. You can indulge in a selection of flavors which are available at the IGA store and the two cafés in Herbert Street.
Every year in April, the Laura Folk Fair takes place. The town becomes alive with a festival atmosphere over two days where one of the streets is turned into a mall. The Folk Fair is great entertainment for everyone with stalls of arts, crafts, food, strawberries I could go on but suffice to say, the food and wandering around the stalls are a perfect day out. There are also the typical side shows and fun rides for the kids or the kids at heart. The next Laura Folk Fair may be on 4th & 5th April 2015, being the first weekend in April. The two day Fair is ideal for families as there is no entry fee. Here is the link for more details on the Laura Folk Fair website.
The Laura Country Music Festival launched in July 2011. The Laura Country Music Festival will become an annual event so you can expect the next one to be held around 24th – 26th July 2015. For more information you may have to try a Google search for Laura SA Country Music Festival (We apologise: at the time of updating this information, we only found the tentative date for the 2015 event). Update: You may want to bookmark The Country Music SA (Gig Guide) click here
You will find that the town of Laura South Australia has all the necessary services to make your stay an enjoyable experience. There are ATMs, the Post Office, Supermarket, Cafés, fuel, vehicle repairers, hardware store, internet access, Chemist, Butcher and much more.
While you’re here don’t forget to pop in to the Laura Information Centre (located at 38 Herbert Street) and introduce yourself, sign the visitor’s book and pick up some brochures to familiarise yourself with the township and surrounding sights of this region.
When you feel you need to relax after a day of driving, bushwalking, shopping or sightseeing you can just unwind with a nice refreshing cup of tea or coffee or experience the fine wines that the region has to offer. If you feel like a family BBQ you can pop along to the Parklands just across the road from the Caravan Park and let the kids run around the gardens and have fun in the covered Playground.
Here’s a link to the Jamestown council site. This site mentions a little more about Laura and also the surrounding towns in the borough. Unfortunately, the link to the official Laura website is not quite ready as I write this so the best you can get is pure information from our local council!
As residents of Laura, we could be biased but, for a town of this size we think Laura South Australia offers a lot to be proud of!