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Leigh Creek - Cities, Towns and Localities
Nestled at the base of the Northern Flinders Ranges and Gammon Ranges, Leigh Creek (formerly Leigh's Creek) is more than just a fuel stop, the town also offer a base from which to experience the surrounding region and for some their starting point to the Oodnadatta Track.

Once a coal-mining town, the current town is actually located some 13 km south of the original site, having move in 1982 to allow for the expansion of the mine.

Leigh Creek is your stop-off point before heading north to places such as Arkaroola, Coober Pedy and the Simpson Desert. From here you can also head off to the Birdsville Track, Oodnadatta Track or Strzelecki Track.

Of course, if you stay a while, you can visit some nearby attractions including Aroona Dam, Parachilna Gorge, Sliding Rock and Wilpena Pound.

Leigh Creek is situated 560 km from Adelaide and is 270 km north of Port Augusta on Highway 83. There is air service and airport transfer available to Leigh Creek. Daytime summer temperatures can reach over 40ºC and winter nights can fall to below zero degrees. Rainfall is low and extremely variable, and when it does occur can produce floods. 

Facilities in Leigh Creek include Foodland Supermarket,, cafe, newsagency, tavern with bar and dining facilities, post office, service station/garage, church, EFTPOS, Olympic size swimming pool with shaded areas, hospital, recreational facilities, BMX track, golf course, library, and a number of other shops and services.

Among the many attractions in the area are:
  • Aroona Dam and Sanctuary
  • Retention Dam
  • Coal Mine Tours
  • Puttapa Gap
  • Old Beltana
  • Sliding Rock
  • Warraweena Mt Hack
  • Mountain of Light
  • Iga warta
  • Nepabunna
  • Mt McKinley
  • Italowie Gorge

You can contact the RAA or visit the local information centre for more advice on travelling safely through outback South Australia. Check out our listing of Leigh Creek accommodation, Flinders Ranges accommodation and other Outback accommodation.

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Leigh Creek Flinders Visitor Information Centre
Shop 13, Black Oak Drive
Ph: 08 8675 2723

GPS (Leigh Creek): S 30º 35.774’ E 138º 24.273’

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Leigh Creek Distance

Distance to Leigh Creek
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Leigh Creek:
• Adelaide 560
• Beltana 41
• Blinman 97
• Copley 5
• Hawker 155
• Lyndhurst 38
• Marree 118
• Parachilna 66
• Port Augustus 261
• Whyalla 335
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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