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Sandy Creek
South Australia
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Sandy Creek Hotel
Population 439 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 5350
Location
LGA(s) Barossa Council
State electorate(s) Schubert
Federal Division(s) Wakefield
Localities around Sandy Creek:
Concordia Rosedale Gomersal
Kalbeeba Sandy Creek Lyndoch
Cockatoo Valley Williamstown

Sandy Creek is a town in South Australia. The town is situated approximately 6 kilometres east of Gawler and is the last town passed through before reaching Barossa Valley at Lyndoch. At the 2011 census, Sandy Creek had a population of 439.

The Sandy Creek Conservation Park is nearby.

Geography

The surrounding fields are often populated by wild kangaroos and a significant brown snake population. Nearby Cockatoo Valley is named for the flocks of corellas, a native parrot, which denude the pine trees and feed on the grain crops. Daytime temperatures can reach as high as 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees f) and often exceed 40 degrees. A Green belt between Sandy Creek and Gawler has been maintained and is policy, however this is being steadily nibbled away as sub-divisions are approved in order to meet the increasing housing stock demands required to service Defence Force, vineyard and mining labour needs. Nearby Williamstown is the site of the famous "Whispering Wall", a dam where it is possible, because of a fluke of construction and acoustics, to hear a person whisper when at opposite ends of the dam wall.

History

The Sandy Creek Hotel, which has been open over 120 years, is a famous watering hole. The hotel is best known for the prodigious amounts of alcohol served to the US soldiers during World War II, who had a camp in close proximity.

Sandy Creek was served by a station on the Barossa Valley railway line, built in 1911, however the station was closed in 1927.

The Sandy Creek Cricket Club recorded its first ever Para Districts Cricket Club Grade 1 premiership in the 2006/2007 season and boasts that former Australian cricketer Darren Lehmann had been a junior player. Ryan Harris (opening bowler for Australia) is also an ex player. This team now plays in a turf competition in the Barossa and surrounds, and has an upgraded oval. It has several senior and junior teams and has more members than the actual population of the town, drawing its players mainly from Williamstown and Gawler. The Sandy Creek Golf Club is a well regarded and challenging course.

Sandy Creek is also the nearest town to Rosedale and the Turretfield Research Centre - the home of Matilda, Australia's first cloned sheep. Sandy Creek is also the name of the small local spring which flows into the North Para River. Sandy Creek originates on "The Glen", a historical property on MacCullum Rd, which is still owned by the family of former Federal Senator and Australian Democrat, the late David Vigor. McLeod's Daughters, an Australian soap opera, was filmed locally and much of the filming was done on location using the local farms and dirt roads as background. The locals were often recruited as extras or to supply livestock or for riding lessons.

Wine is increasingly cultivated locally and many hundreds of acres have been planted in the last ten years so that the traditional mixed and share farming has been replaced on many properties. The Concordia Volunteer Fire Brigade services the area as do the Lyndoch and Williamstown brigades.

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