The Big Galah is located at Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula and was erected in 1993. It’s made of fibreglass, steel and wire and stands 8 metres tall outside the Halfway Across Australia Gem Shop.
This small country town is located halfway across Australia and is populated by 1050 residents. It was an easy-paced and peaceful town with really friendly people. The lady who made our coffee at the hotel was more than willing to chat and we were intercepted by a man on the street that trapped Dave in a 30 minute chin wag about cars, fuel boosters and his inventions.
In 1839, Edward John Eyre passed through the area and camped nearby at a place called Refuge Rocks, which is now called Secret Rocks. Kimba was inhabited by farmers and European settlers and once the railway line replaced camel trains in 1913, it was declared a town in 1915.
Halfway Across Australia Sign
A great place to stop and take a photo – Kimba marks the middle of Australia as the crow flies.
Kimba Community Hotel Motel
This complex is a lot bigger than what it looks and contains a main bar affectionately known as ‘The Shed’, a function room and reception area, as well as accommodation. We stopped here for a well-made coffee before continuing onwards to Arno Bay.
Edward John Eyre Sculpture
The Eyre Peninsula is named after Edward John Eyre, who was the first man to explore and record the area, and also to cross Australia from Sydney to the Swan River. He also has the Lake and the Highway named after him.
The sculptures are of Edward John Eyre and the indigenous man that he relied on for his expeditions. Made from recycled steel.