Come and explore South Australia from the road with Peter Lohmann, aka Pete The Truckie, as he checks in from the small town of Brinkworth in SA’s mid-north. It’s a sweet little community – home to what could be the “cutest” grandstand in the state. Over to you Pete.
“Brinkworth celebrates its 125th anniversary on 11 November 2017 with a huge party and ute muster. Why not head on up? It is sure to be a great day. This year’s ute muster includes a charity race for Peace of Mind Foundation which helps support people living with brain cancer. A wedding will also take place onsite. Now that’s a unique rural venue. Toast the bride and groom while you’re there.
The town has a population of just 285, including the members of the Brinkworth Progress Association who oversee the maintenance of town’s parks and gardens. One of their recent major developments was a colourful new children’s playground at Stockyard Reserve.
They developed and now maintain the Caravan Travellers Overnight Stay facility at Stockyard Reserve, developed a wheelchair-friendly walking/cycling trail along the route of our disused railway line with railway heritage interpretive signage supplied by Brinkworth History Group.
They also facilitate the publication of the Black and White Rag community newsletter (close to a local newspaper and always a great read).
I highly recommend a walk around the old railway site near the town silos. The shed and signs there are full of information of the town’s railway past.
Café for Ewe is still going strong in the Old Eudunda Farmers Cooperative store built in 1927. They close after lunch on Tuesdays but are open all other days. It is a great shop and serves a good helping of home-cooked meals with both the locals and surrounding districts supporting it on a regular basis.
The Hotel is run part-time every Thursday. Here you’ll find chicken or beef schnitzels with chips and salad for just $12. Order at the pub bar.
The town also has a primary school and pre-school, a garage that serves fuel and does maintenance and is also a bank agency, and the beautiful old memorial hall is well used. It hosts dances with live music, the annual art exhibition and is now home to a community gym.
At the back of the town museum is in an old church run by dedicated volunteers. Also worth a gander is the living herbarium. South Australian Federation Grant Funding was received in 2000 to establish the ‘Local Flora – Living Herbarium’ project to highlight and preserve the unique area of ‘senna shrubland’ vegetation in the historical reserve, the only remnant native vegetation in the town. Great signage detailing the names of vegetation helps you appreciate this area.
The local football team is made up of six small towns and the cricket club is associated with two local towns. Netball follows the football and there’s a lawn bowls club, too. A great drone photo taken by Adam Mackenzie on NEFL & NENA grand finals Day September 2016 and used on the Brinkworth town website. It shows how big football is in country South Australia.
While in Brinkworth, check out one of South Australia’s cutest grandstands at the town oval. When I see a grandstand it brings back memories of my family and I huddled under a blanket and waiting to see the fireworks my home town’s country show. Other times it brings back memories of my spending my money on a pie in the tuck shop underneath.
The town’s CWA is active but small and some dedicated locals have created a youth group for kids to attend after school, due to many parents being busy with work.
Accommodation is available at the hotel and at the Country Lodge B&B.
Don’t just drive past or through Brinkworth, stop and take the time to look around you might be pleasantly surprised. I could tell you more but I’ll leave a little for you to find yourself.”
Until next time,
Pete the Truckie
Truck driver Peter Lohmann clocks up over 2,500 kilometres a week transporting freight for Rapid Refrigerated Transport. When he stops for a breather, Pete takes photographs of local sights and takes the time to share his rural finds with Fritz. We love his passion for rural South Australia. There’s more on his Facebook page South Australia, Australia’s Best Kept Secret.