Inneston Historic Walk

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Visit the historic Inneston village, once a thriving mining town in the early 1900's, and explore the ruins of an abandoned gypsum town along the Inneston Historic Walk. A very popular walk, starting from just inside the gate at the Inneston car park. Inneston Historic Walk is a four kilometre return walking trail taking approximately two hours. Be aware of unstable ruins and make sure you carry enough water.

This well marked trail takes the visitor back to the gypsum-mining era from 1913 to 1930, where interpretive signs tell the story of the close-knit community of Inneston village. Once home to around 200 people, Inneston was completely self-sufficient, having its own school, post office, bakery, general store and tennis court. The lonely ruins stand proudly as a reminder of those bygone days.

Make the most of your visit and stay in one of the heritage cottages available at the old Inneston Township. Dotted among the ruins are several self-contained miners' lodges that have been restored back to their original charm. Engineers and Managers lodges offer stunning views across Inneston Lake and Shepherds Hut is situated close to beautiful Shell Beach. Wake up to wildlife on your doorstep with campsites nearby. 


  • Hiking / walking
  • Educational / historical experience
  • Sight-seeing


  • Walking trail - 4km return
  • Car park 

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for up to date information on the current conditions.
  • Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.
  • Wear suitable footwear and ensure to wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the elements..
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Ensure to let a responsible adult know of your plans and report back into them once you have finished exploring for the day.
  • National park and camping fees may apply for South Australian national parks. Check the parks website for bookings and/ or further details.

Photo credits: SA Parks and Wildlife Services

Location & Supplier

Inneston Historic Walk

Address: Innes National Park Visitor Centre, Stenhouse Bay Road, Inneston SA 5577


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