Established on January 31 1839 by Governor George Gawler, Gawler was the first country town in South Australia. Located 42km north of Adelaide, nestled between the foothills and three rivers, Gawler is the first bite of the Barossa.

Gawler is a charming country town, with beautiful historic buildings including churches, homes, Gawler Railway Station, The Institute and Town Hall, Museum, Clock Tower and more. See the ‘Visiting Gawler’ page or stop at the Visitor Information Centre on Lyndoch Road and find out more about the self guided historic walking tours and cultural events.

If nature and its natural beauty are more to your liking, then follow Gawler’s walking and bike trails through Gawler’s parks to Dead Man’s Pass or Clonlea Park. If you want to see it all, stay overnight in one of Gawler’s fabulous Bed & Breakfasts or Caravan Parks. There’s plenty to see and do in Gawler!

Now home to 20,000 residents, Gawler is a busy and bustling town boasting all the major amenities – medical, education, building and of course, retail for Gawler, the Barossa Valley and surrounding districts. Pop in for lunch or a great cup of coffee at one of our many eateries/cafes or hotels while you enjoy your shopping. Gawler really is the best of town and country!