35°48' S, 137°16'
Parndana is the
most recently built town not only on Kangaroo Island, but in the
whole of South Australia.
means 'Low Scrub Place' was designed to be a central point for
the 'Soldier Settlers' after World War II. New settlers arrived
and went on to farming properties and built the area into a thriving
With the influx
of post WWII settlers the population of Kangaroo Island exploded
by over 1,000 residents. These people started in very rough huts,
then built homes - bought machinery and cleared the previously
uncleared land. The lifestyle was tough, but in a true Aussie
tradition lives were shaped here and the farmers succeeded to reap
rewards for their hard labour.
The climate on
the plateau that Parndana sits on is cooler and wetter than at
the Eastern end of Kangaroo Island. In this environment sheep,
cattle farming and dairying was a choice of many 'Soldier Settler'
To honour the
efforts of the men, women and children that carved out lives here,
a Returned Servicemen's Museum has been established in the township
An Easter Fair
is held in Parndana every Easter Saturday and Sunday.
This is a showcase of pottery, crafts, floral arrangements and
local artists paintings and designs. There is an excellent barbeque
or Asian style lunch for the visitor to purchase. Native Fruit
Jams (marmalades), locally produced wines and sheep dairy cheese
tastings are also available. The displays of sheep shearing, go-cart
racing and line dancing, is a fun experience in a truly country
A number of Sporting
Clubs exist in the town and there is a Bowling Green that is enjoyed
by many locals.
The town is located
centrally, and has high class Bed & Breakfast and farm stay accommodations
located in and near the town.