Gawler, South Australia's first country town, is a gateway to the Barossa and offers fascinating history and architecture to explore. Established in 1839 on the banks of the North and South Para Rivers, Gawler is one of only two towns in the state planned by the Surveyor-General Colonel Light – the other being Adelaide. 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, with a population of approximately 24,000.
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. Today, Gawler is a friendly regional service centre with modern shopping complexes, boutique retail outlets, commercial services, arts, crafts and gourmet foods.
The large recreation reserve of Clonlea Park is the perfect area to bring the family and friends to for a relaxing day out, with a playground, large oval, tennis courts, BBQ facilities and picnic areas. The Gawler Rivers Path (Tapa Pariara) offers a chance to cycle or take a leisurely stroll as it meanders along the North and South Para rivers. Interpretive panels give an insight into the history of rivers, native birds and vegetation.