Town Services

Police Station

Police Station
Fifth Street WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4060

Wirrabara Tourist Information Centre

Wirrabara Tourist Information Centre
72 West Terrace WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4250

Sport & Recreational Clubs

Wirrabara Bowling Club

Wirrabara Bowling Club
Sixth Street WIRRABARA . Phone:

Wirrabara Golf Club Inc

Wirrabara Golf Club Inc
East Terrace WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4169

Education

Wirrabara Kindergarten

Wirrabara Kindergarten
East Terrace WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4087

Wirrabara Primary School

Wirrabara Primary School
East Terrace WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4087

Accommodation

Stevens Cottage

Stevens Cottage
Watts Road WIRRABARA FOREST . Phone: 08 8668 4193

Taralee Orchards Bed & Breakfast

Taralee Orchards Bed & Breakfast
Forest Road WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4343 www.taralee.com.au

Wirrabara Caravan Park

Wirrabara Caravan Park
WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4250

Wirrabara Craft House Bed & Breakfast

Wirrabara Craft House Bed & Breakfast
72 West Terrace WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4250

Wirrabara Heritage Bed & Breakfast

Wirrabara Heritage Bed & Breakfast
70 West Terrace WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4018

Wirrabara Hotel

Wirrabara Hotel
65 High Street WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4162

Cafes & Restaurants

C & R Motors

C & R Motors
30 High Street WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4061

Agricultural & Garden Machinery

Kelbro Machinery

Kelbro Machinery
Sec 482 Keller Road WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8663 5064 . 0428 305 987

C & R Motors

C & R Motors
30 High Street WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4061

Beekeepers

T D Deer

T D Deer
Forest Road WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4111

Builders

Carports & Pergolas

Wirrabara Timber Preservations

Wirrabara Timber Preservations
Block Nine Road WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4287

Excavations & Foundations

G J & L J Stratford

G J & L J Stratford
Bangor, via WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8666 5225

Wirrabara Walls & Ceilings

Wirrabara Walls & Ceilings
Main North Road WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4014 . 0429 670 524

Electrical Contractors

A H & R M Trott Electrical

A H & R M Trott Electrical
Murray Town Road WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4127  0427 684 127

Engineering

Wirrabara Farm Service Pty Ltd
Engineering & Supplies

Wirrabara Farm Service Pty Ltd - Engineering & Supplies
36 High Street WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4074 . 0427 565 517

Wirrabara Precision Engineering

Wirrabara Precision Engineering
27 First Street WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4227 . 0427 684 227

Retail

Australia Post & General Store

Australia Post & General Store
33 High Street WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4099

Wirrabara Craft House

Wirrabara Craft House
72 West Terrace WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4250

Wirrabara Farm Service Pty Ltd
Hardware

Wirrabara Farm Service Pty Ltd - Hardware
46 High Street WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4278

Pump Repairers

Wirrabara Mill & Bore Services

Wirrabara Mill & Bore Services
WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4236

Service Stations

C & R Motors

C & R Motors
High Street WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4061

Wirrabara Roadhouse

Wirrabara Roadhouse
30 High Street WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4090

Tyres

Wirrabara Tyre & Auto

Wirrabara Tyre & Auto
30 High Street WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8668 4061 . 0428 509 612

Wineries

E D Blesing

E D Blesing
White Park Road WIRRABARA . Phone: 08 8666 5222

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Like many Mid North towns Wirrabara is immaculately maintained, has a beautiful park and an abundance of flowers and trees. Midway between Stone Hut and Murray Town it has a good range of local amenities, and is also close to the additional medical facilities at Laura and Booleroo Centre.

Wirrabara is probably best known for the nearby Wirrabara Forest, containing the historic Old Nursery, where many large specimen trees were planted in bamboo 'tubes' over 100 years ago.

Wirrabara is now home to the Wirrabara Producers' Market, held on the third Sunday every month between 8.30 am and 12 pm, and selling an abundance of local fresh produce.

The Craft House and Information Centre, run by and for local craftspeople, is open every day between 9 am and 5 pm for tea, coffee, cappucchinos and hot chocolate together with a wide range of high quality craft items, local produce and tourist information.

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WIRRABARA FOREST PIONEER.

22nd December 1926

Retirement of Mr. W. Dansie.

....The family, which had settled at the Burra, travelled by means of a bullock dray to the Charlton copper mine, situated on the Clare-Port Augusta road, about two miles north of Wirrabarra, a portion of the old engine house and chimney of which is standing. In close proximity to the mine was an eating house and a changing place for the coaches that conveyed mails between Adelaide and Port Augusta....

The first work engaged in was a contract for cutting and supplying slabs for timbering the Charlton Mine, the manager of which was a Mr. Foster. Owing to inability to cope with water rising in the shaft mining operations, after a comparatively brief period, [the mine] had to be abandoned.

A small community of about half a dozen families settled in the forest as timber fellers and cutters......

..... He also recalls the time when he became the proud possessor of a pair of rabbits, which he purchased from a station hand, who bred them for sale. At this period rabbits were "protected" and reared as pets.

Milk supplies were obtained from goats, of which large mobs depastured in the hill country. Food supplies were first obtained from Clare, and subsequently Laura. In the absence of official educational facilities, Mr. Dansie's father, for the benefit of his own family and those of his fellow settlers, started a night school, which proved a great boon to the young people. ...

The first permanent home of the Dansie family in the Forest was made of boxwood slabs; the living room was a large-sized kitchen, at one end of which was a fireplace of big dimensions, around which the family and neighbours spent many a happy winter evening.

Timber Felling and Cutting.

At the age of 14 Mr. Dansie began to take his share of work in timber operations with his father in the forest country of the Flinders Range. Contracts were undertaken to supply timber for the Burra mines.

Bullocks were in common use for hauling purposes in the forest and for transport over tracks and roads. The roads and other long paddocks, provided ample grazing areas for the animals. On wagons the timber, drawn by slow moving but reliable oxen, thousands of tons of timber were removed from the Forest.

Trips to the Burra were regular, and back loading in the form of supplies and so on was often obtained. In addition to the bullock wagon, for smaller loads and shorter trips the bullock dray was pressed into service. These were the common passenger vehicles of those days....

The licence, which in those early days gave the right to cut and remove an unlimited quantity of timber, was obtainable for £5 a year. The result was that, owing to the lack of supervision of felling operations, there was a big wastage of timber.

Axemen cut down with impunity growing timber, and mobs of kangaroos and wallabys, and later sheep, retarded natural regeneration of forest country.

Early Forest Officials.

.... Mr. William Dansie's....first job was that of post splitting, making sheep hurdles, followed by that of sleeper cutting in the saw pits....

In addition to sleeper cutting operations conducted by the department in the early days a number of private sawmillers carried on operations.....who cut and dispatched large quantities of sleepers for railway construction piles for bridges, jetties, and so on. Charcoal burning was also for a time carried on by the department on an extensive scale at Cemetery Hill, large quantities having been forwarded to Broken Hill.

In 1903 the Forest Department erected a sawmill for cutting timber for fruit cases, .... In 1919 the large sawmill, now in operation to which there has recently been made extensive additions, was erected.....