Surveyed in 1860 and set amongst gentle, rolling hills on the edge of the Barossa, Freeling is surrounded by some of the best cereal farming land in Australia. During its history, the area became a major wheat growing district and in the early 1900s the region was the largest hay-producing centre in South Australia, where haystacks were so large, they could be seen for miles.
Today, although the haystacks have diminished in size, the town’s popularity has boomed since becoming home to the award-winning Australian TV drama, McLeod’s Daughters.
A charming rural town with many historical buildings, you can wander the heritage streets at leisure and learn about Freeling’s rich farming history. The ‘Memoirs of McLeod’s daughters Walk’ includes the Gungellan Truck Stop and Gungellan Hotel, and the original bathtub and windmill from the show are now at Railway Reserve.
And for those fans of the show who may be wondering…the McLeod’s station Drover’s Run lies some 15 kilometres to the southeast, filmed on a real property called Kingsford. You can now stay in luxury at the beautifully restored Kingsford Homestead. But the rolling rural farmland is also a major star of the show – and available for everyone to enjoy!