The Farina Restoration Group… Building a window to the past…
Visitors, please note:- The Farina Restoration Group 2018 project is now closed, and not due to re-open until late May 2019!
To the official website of the Farina Restoration Project Group.
Farina is located within the Lake Eyre Basin, on the old alignment of the Ghan railway, 26 km north of Lyndhurst and 55 km south of Marree along the Oodnadatta Track in South Australia. The town is no longer inhabited, but a small group is restoring parts of Farina to reflect its past and ensure that it is retained in the history of Australia’s outback. See why nobody lives there now!
If you’d like to be kept informed about happenings at Farina, maybe you’d consider registering as a Friend. We’ll send you periodic newsletters, and after seeing what we’re up to, you might also decide to register as a Volunteer. Being a Friend costs you nothing, and you could learn lots about this little piece of outback South Australian History! Inside South Australia has just released this story about us on their Blog page!
Have a look in Trip Advisor to see what they think of us!
Mission Statement The Farina Restoration Group Inc. was formed to stabilise and restore the existing Farina town infrastructure and to display the history and “style of life” of an inland Australian township from the 1880’s to the 1960’s. Farina was a railway town 60km South of Marree and has 10 historic Australian stone buildings, which were falling down. The Great Northern railway (The Ghan) and a standard gauge railway passed through the town.
The objectives of the Farina Restoration Group are:
- To stabilise the stone buildings and to prevent further deterioration of their integrity.
- To identify, visualise and explain the importance of the railway structure.
- To restore the famous underground bakery and to bake in it for approximately 8 weeks a year.
- To build a war memorial of significance and to restore the cemetery to one of the best inland cemeteries in the State.
- To generate walking trails and storyboards throughout the town to explain the history and function of the sites.
The global aim of our work is to attract increasing numbers of visitors to see our preserved town, to appreciate the history and to be a very significant attraction in the North Flinders Ranges area.