Lyndhurst is the setting off point for travellers going north-east to Innamincka on the Strzelecki Track or north to Oodnadatta and Birdsville via Marree.
Five kilometres north of Lyndhurst, you’ll find spectacular red, brown and white ochre cliffs used for thousands of years by Aboriginal people trading ochre with other groups.
Further north are the Farina Ruins, all that remains of the once thriving township of Farina. So sure of the areas grain growing potential, the town was named after the Latin word for flour, but unfortunately the potential was overestimated. Today there is a self-guided walk around the ruins available, as well as shearer’s quarters and campsites at the near-by Farina Station. A major volunteer run restoration program is now underway for the town.
The famous Strzelecki Track partly follows an old stock route along the Strzelecki Creek, named by Charles Sturt in 1845. The track passes close to the impressive Moomba natural gas field complex.
The Strzelecki owes its existence to the tenacity of the cattlemen who worked the Cooper Creek river system in the 1800s. One of the first to use the route was cattle thief Harry Redford, who stole 1000 cattle from a Queensland cattle baron and tried to flee down to South Australia. He was eventually arrested, but found not guilty of the crime because the jury so admired his courage.
Today it’s a well-trodden track servicing the Cooper Basin’s Moomba gas field. Signposts state that after Lyndhurst the next available fuel is at Innamincka (500 kilometres northeast), so stock up before you head up the track.