With a population of 20,000 Gawler - centre for commerce and business - is bound by rolling hills. This is South Australia's first country town, established in 1839.
Settled on the banks of the North and South Para Rivers, Gawler played a major role in the 19th century mining and agricultural booms and has blossomed into a town of broad streets, peaceful parklands and distinctive architecture.
The town’s pioneering spirit is reflected in its rich, historic architecture, which can best be appreciated on the Church Hill State Heritage Walking Tour or Historic Main Street Walking Tour. A self-drive tour of the town will also provide you with an insight into its rich history (brochures available for all three from the Visitor Information Centre on Lyndoch Road).
Visitors are welcome to tour the award winning permaculture farm The Food Forest, which produces 160 varieties of organically certified products or learn about the fi ne craft of cricket bat making here. Visitors can also taste the famous Wintulichs smallgoods direct from the factory floor, enjoy the work of local artists at the Gawler Community Art Gallery, and even indulge in high tea surrounded by the historic walls of the Gawler Clock Tower.