Wharminda & Verran
On the Port Lincoln-Buckleboo railway line, this locality serves the local farming community.
Wharminda History -
"This is a native word said to mean 'a range of hills'. At the foot of the hills a short distance from the town, was a fresh water soak, and, in the hills, caves in which aborigines are said to have dwelt. The settlement is comprised of a CFS depot, district hall, tennis courts; also of interest is the old standpipe which is now a memorial to the early pioneers. It was from such standpipes that farmers filled their tanks with water and carted it back to their farms in the days before water was reticulated to their properties." To and About Eyre Peninsula, Harold Normandale, 1986
A visit to the pristine Wharminda Soaks is a chance not to be missed by bushwalker or for family picnics. Discover the many beautiful and interesting rock formations, abundant wildflowers and stunning birdlife, also explore the caves and dried creek beds. Wharminda Soaks, adjoins the huge Hincks Conservation Park, supporting its own distinctive species of wildlife. Bushwalks and unique native flora can be enjoyed. The area is home to native orchids and birdlife. Don't miss the springtime wildflowers along the roadsides and areas around Verran - Wharminda.
Verran History -
"This was a small settlement which took its name from the Hundred of Verran which was named in honour of John Verran, a Moonta miner who later became Premier of South Australia, 1910 - 1912. There is a modern church - Driver River Uniting Church, recreation reserve and a small Telstra repeating station, also a memorial stone to mark the site of the Verran Siding School which existed 1913 - 1941. There is also a standpipe where farmers, who are not connected to other water reticulation system, can fill their tanks." To and About Eyre Peninsula, Harold Normandale, 1986
Conservation Parks - Hincks
Hincks Conservation Park was dedicated as a flora and fauna reserve named after Sir Cecil Hincks, then Minister of Lands. Bushwalking along tracks in the area which is a 'sea' of mallee, broombush and wattles providing natural habitat of birds and mammals. Verran Hill, the highest viewing vantage point in the park, is accessible by 4WD on manmade fire access tracks. Hincks Conservation Park covers 66,285 ha of largely inaccessible land which is characterised by sand plains and dunes. It was dedicated in 1962 and is typical of the arid landforms which characterise much of the Eyre Peninsula.
Further information contact Department of Environment, Heritage and Aboriginal Affairs, Port Lincoln, ph: 08 8688 3111