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Closeted by red gums on the banks of the Rocky River in the slopes of the southern Flinders Ranges, Laura is the boyhood home of celebrated poet C.J. Dennis whose father hosted the Beetaloo Reservoir Hotel from 1892 to 1910.

Although Banjo Paterson's outback classic, The Man from Snowy River, is venerated in Aussie folklore, urban poetry doesn't enjoy the same level of adoration, but there is no doubt that Dennis's Sentimental Bloke struck a chord with his rhyming slang verse about the larrikin and his girl friend Doreen.

Published in 1915 when the nation was grieving for the dead who fell at Gallipoli, The Sentimental Bloke sold more than 50,000 copies in the first nine months and was subsequently released in NZ, the UK, Canada and the US.

Laura remembers its favourite son with a sculpture outside goldsmith Richard Ivey's store. After presiding over the administration of justice for 90 years, the local court house closed its doors to lawyers and malefactors in 1968. It is now headquarters for the Rocky River Historical and Art Society and is used as a gallery during the two-day Laura Folk Fair which attracts thousands into the small ranges town every April.

Laura: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Sculpture Of Beetaloo Reservoir Hotel


The sculpture celebrates the life of poet CJ Dennis, creator of the Sentimental Bloke. Father, James Dennis, was licensee of the Beetaloo Reservoir Hotel from 1892 to 1909. A similar sculpture resides at the Auburn Hotel.

Both were also commissioned by the Rocky River Historic and Art Society to commemorate the 110th birthday of CJ Dennis on 1986, an event that won a Tourism Award.




Herbert Street
Laura, SA, 5480

Located 0.0K from Laura

C. J. Dennis - Laura


One of Laura's most famous former residents is C. J. Dennis (September 1876 - June 1938), author of well known poem 'The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke' amongst other Aussie yarns. His 1916 publication of The Sentimental Bloke sold 65,000 copies in its first year, and by 1917 he was the most prosperous poet in Australian history.

A larger than life copper sculpture of this balladeer proudly stands in the main street, outside one of the local art galleries. There is also a bust of CJ Dennis located in Hughes Street at the Civic Centre.

Laura was the home of CJ Dennis, he represents the personality of the town combined with Australia's literature history. Make sure you visit him while visiting Laura!




Main North Road
Laura, SA, 5480

Located 0.0K from Laura

The Laura Soap Shoppe


The Laura Soap Shoppe is a retail business open seven days in the main street of Laura. The main street is part of the Main North Road which links Adelaide to the Northern Flinders Ranges.

We sell a large variety of products ranging from healthcare, beauty, gifts and jewellery to locals and tourists alike and provide tourism information when the local Laura Information Centre is closed due to lack of volunteers.

The building in which the shop is housed in the oldest stone building in Laura dating back to 1873. It was the site of the Laura Hotel continuously from 1873 to 1998.




22 Herbert Street
Laura, SA, 5480

Located 0.1K from Laura

Laura Information Outlet


The Laura Information Outlet is located in Hughes Street, the main street of Laura, a small town in the Southern Flinders region of South Australia. The centre is run by volunteers and aims to be open from 10am to 4pm every day.

The centre provides visitors and locals with holiday information for all of South Australia and Broken Hill, including when possible the particular local knowledge so helpful when visitors are here for the first time.

With the growing interest in locally produced food and drink, the centre specialises in local products. With the Golden North Ice Cream manufacturer just down the street, visitors can view a four minute video of the production line in action (and taste the delicious Giant Twins next door).

Walking guide and bus guide tours can be booked. There are local souvenirs and postcards as well as photocopying services.

Programs for the annual Laura Folk Fair and entry forms for the Folk Fair Art Exhibition are also available upon request via email in March each year.




Shop2/38 Herbert Street
Laura, SA, 5480

Located 0.3K from Laura

Scratch @ Itch Arts and Crafts


Scratch @ Itch Arts and Crafts offers local arts and crafts for sale along with local dried fruit and fresh fruit in season.

You will find supplies of art and craft materials especially for quilters and embroiderers. Our range of items lead one customer to label us the "Aladdin's Cave of Gladstone".

Scratch @ Itch Arts and Crafts offer regular felting and spinning workshops. Contact us for details.




Shop 2 10 Gladstone Street
Gladstone, SA, 5473

Located 10.5K from Laura

Southern Flinders Discovery Centre


Southern Flinders Discovery Centre is a community owned and operated tourism information and interpretive centre in Gladstone, the Southern entrance to the Flinders Ranges on Horrocks Highway.

The Centre promotes and works with food producers to showcase and connect visitors to the best of the Southern Flinders Tourism in food and wine experiences.

Southern Flinders Discovery Centre is a member of the 'Eat Local SA' campaign run by Food SA and is a designated tasting centre for selected Southern Flinders products including Gladstone based FC Grubb boutique soft drink and cordial manufacturers.

We host a Seniors Broadband Kiosk which includes free internet access for locals and visitors alike.

As an interpretive centre, Gladstone's Heritage is on display telling the story of its beginnings and growth from a pastoral holding to agriculture, the great northern railway and its impact on the town.

Southern Flinders Discovery Centre offers a variety of tours either individually or in groups - a step on guide is available for coach groups who visit by appointment. Why not follow our Grain Trail?




14 Gladstone Street
Gladstone, SA, 5473

Located 10.6K from Laura

Taralee Orchards


Taralee Orchards is a Demeter certified biodynamic stone fruit orchard located in the Wirrabara Forest area of the Southern Flinders Ranges.

We produce a range of stone fruits including apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums, as well as quinces and a small amount of apples, pears and figs.

Fresh fruit is available in season, and we produce a range of sulphur-free dried fruit and jams. We also have a vegetable garden producing mainly summer vegetables, as well as beehives, free range poultry and a small beef cattle herd.

Our produce is available direct through our farmgate as well as at several local producers markets, such as Wirrabara, Port Pirie and Port Germein, and at local Shows and events. The farmgate is generally open seven days, however please phone ahead to confirm.

Our aim is to produce a range of good quality organic produce, and to market it ourselves, primarily within our region.




1087 Forest Road
Wirrabara, SA, 5481

Located 14.4K from Laura

Wirrabara Forest Reserve


Wirrabara Forest in the Southern Flinders Ranges offers walking trails, scenic drives, picnic grounds and more.

The Heysen Trail and its various spurs provide access to The Bluff and to the Top Of The Range. The Heysen Trail provides spectacular views of Spencer Gulf.

Bushwalker permits for the Wirrabara Forest can be obtained from the Forest Headquarters and there are a number of scenic drives through the forest on public roads.

Picnics can be enjoyed in the picnic ground adjacent to the Forest Headquarters. Ippinitchie camping ground is open all year except on days of total fire bans.




Forest Road
Wirrabara, SA, 5481

Located 14.6K from Laura

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Laura Information Outlet


The Laura Information Outlet is located in Hughes Street, the main street of Laura, a small town in the Southern Flinders region of South Australia. The centre is run by volunteers and aims to be open from 10am to 4pm every day.

The centre provides visitors and locals with holiday information for all of South Australia and Broken Hill, including when possible the particular local knowledge so helpful when visitors are here for the first time.

With the growing interest in locally produced food and drink, the centre specialises in local products. With the Golden North Ice Cream manufacturer just down the street, visitors can view a four minute video of the production line in action (and taste the delicious Giant Twins next door).

Walking guide and bus guide tours can be booked. There are local souvenirs and postcards as well as photocopying services.

Programs for the annual Laura Folk Fair and entry forms for the Folk Fair Art Exhibition are also available upon request via email in March each year.





Shop2/38 Herbert Street
Laura, SA, 5480

Located 0.3K from Laura

Southern Flinders Discovery Centre


The Southern Flinders Discovery Centre ia a community administered Information Outlet situated in the main street of Gladstone, which is the southern gateway to the Flinders Ranges via the Horrocks Highway.

Comprehensive tourism information is available, including the Southern Flinders Regional Guide, Flinders Ranges Guide as well as information from other regional areas of South Australia. Our friendly staff can assist you plan your local tour, be it around town or the surrounding areas.

The Centre promotes and retails regional products and offers free tastings of selected olive oil products, dried fruits, capers and Trend Drinks soft drinks.

Wander through the Centre, see some of our heritage stories through articles, photos and memorabilia. The Gladstone History Group have established a comprehensive display that also includes the 'Booyoolee Panels'.

Visitors can enjoy free internet access at the Southern Flinders Discovery Centre. Provided by the Northern Areas Council, it allows the traveller to keep in touch with family and friends.






14 Gladstone Street
Gladstone, SA, 5473

Located 10.6K from Laura

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