Nharangga name: Garlgabari

Arthurton is a small country town in the centre of the Yorke Peninsula. The settlement, surveyed in 1876, was originally known as Kalkabury, from the Nharangga name "Garlgabari". However in 1877 the Governor, Sir Arthur Musgrave, insisted on renaming the town Arthurton after his infant son.

The town developed in the twilight of the 19th century and buildings such as the original council chambers, which are now used as community meeting rooms, and the Uniting and the Catholic churches, are all centenarians.

The hills in this area are the highest point of the Peninsula, being 273.41 metres above sea level. Arthurton has a shop, barbecue area, playground, town hall and a hotel for meals and refreshments. There is also an overnight parking area for self-contained vehicles.

Arthurton, an inland town, services farmers working some of Australia's richest soils. Nevertheless it is only a half-hour drive from good fishing spots such as Balgowan and Port Victoria on the Spencer Gulf and Port Clinton and Price on the eastern shores of Gulf St Vincent.

It was just north of the town of Arthurton that the Smith brothers designed and built their prototype of the stump jump plough. This agricultural gadget revolutionised the cultivation of land that contained tree stumps and large stones, as the appliance could 'jump' over such obstacles.

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The Yorke Peninsula is the traditional lands of the Narungga (Nharangga) people, who have lived on, and cared for, this country since the beginning of time. We work, live and travel on Nharannga Banggara [Country], and we take time away from those pursuits to acknowledge and pay our deep respects to the Nharangga Elders of the past and present. 

Today, it is essential that we continue to care for and protect our spectacular natural environment. Tread lightly and leave no trace. Learn more about responsible and respectful travel on Yorke Peninsula.