Farina SA Info please

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 07:50
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Hi all
After some up to date infomation on Farina - ie camping facilities / features etc
Thanks in advance for any info.
Cheers 4 now
Mike
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Reply By: DIO - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 08:56

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 08:56
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Reply By: KennyBWilson - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:01

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:01
Was there a couple years ago
There is a large campsite there. Pay at the honesty box
Hot showers after you have stoked the fire and if there is any water in the tank , The water might not come out on very cold mornings, best to have showers in the evening
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:03

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:03
I really like this spot. Wonderful old ruins, much more extensive than most ghost towns. Some useful info signs to help you understand the history and buildings. Interesting old graveyard. A nice little do it yourself camp spot a couple of 100 meteres away, down in a bit of a gulley to give shelter. Some big old trees. Basic toilet/shower facilities. Good spot for photographers, especially at sunrise/sunset.
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:10

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:10
Saw a recent TV program where a group of volunteers are restoring some of the ruins to be used again.
Saw this a week after we drove past as we had been there many times LOL

Cheers Pesty

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:11

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:11
There have been volunteers up there in recent times too...... doing development work as an historic site. Will be ongoing it seems. Very interesting history - was a 'happening place', especially in Sid Kidman's big cattle days !
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:25

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:25
I think ' Farina' is latin for wheat or flour.
The intention was to grow wheat there!!
Someone should have said "Gotta be dreaming" !!

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Follow Up By: takenbyaliens (QLD member) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:33

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:33
Indeed you are correct on all three counts:
Farina does mean flour
intention was to grow wheat
dreaming

Apparently when the area was first seen it was just after big wet so grass etc made area look good. However the reality set in but the town managed to stay 'afloat' for some years with the last inhabitant leaving in 1960 I think. They are doing work on the site as someone else said. Apparently they have a baker who is actually interested in stoking up the old bakery fires again. The bakery has been nearly completely restored but would still need some work to get it up and going.

Certainly worth the visit. As somewone else said stoke up the donkey and shower at night!!
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 12:14

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 12:14
The cast iron oven door has been stolen twice.
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Reply By: wicket - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:30

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:30
When you get there make sure you visit the graveyard, sad but fascinating. When you camp don't camp too close to the track as the farmer and employees use it to get to the shearing sheds and they can send up a bit of dust
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 11:41

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 11:41
At Farina I think there was a lot of engineering stuff supporting the railway.
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Reply By: Squizzy - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 12:39

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 12:39
Have camped there 3 times now, the last time being 2 weekends ago (long weekend) after a trip around the top of Lake Torrens (Farina adventure trail).

Farina campground can be very dry and dusty, but currently it is nice and green. $5 per head for camping into an honesty box.

There are new toilets (push button) in the camp ground, as well as the original old push button in the old rain tank. The showers are heated by a wood fire (bring your own wood).

As has been said, the old township is a very interesting and informative place. The old bakery now has bars to prevent anyone stealing from the ovens.

Farina was originally called 'Government Gums' or 'Gums waterhole'.

Hope this helps,

Geoff.
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Reply By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 20:40

Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 20:40
Mike,

Pretty well said.

We have camped there and visited passing through.

Dont miss it, is worth the visit, just do it.
Russ


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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 07:11

Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 07:11
Mike,

Stopped there briefly when passing through a month ago but did not visit the camping area. Well worth a longer stop as it's a very interesting area. There was a group of people from one of the SA 4WD clubs doing some restoration work on the buildings.
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