Just 60km north of Adelaide, Freeling is a small town in the buffer zone between the fringe suburbs of the city and an agricultural area primarily producing grain and fodder, with a sprinkling of mixed sheep and pig farms.
The town has an active historical group, whose members are working assiduously to restore and reclaim buildings which best reflect the development of the district. They already have in place a heritage walk that takes in a number of historically significant buildings, including the railway precinct.
Nearby Kapunda became the first copper mining town in Australia in 1844 when the first ore was produced. The celebrated vineyards of the Barossa Valley are just a short drive away.
Named for a mid-19th century Surveyor-general, the town is attracting more and more commuters who are prepared to make the hour-long journey to and from their Adelaide offices for the genteel, rural lifestyle at the gateway to the Barossa Valley.