About 50 km north of Mount Gambier in the heart of red gum country, the Kalangadoo district has been at the centre of a strong pastoral industry for more than 150 years. When the first farmers moved their stock into the region in the 1840s they adopted the local Aboriginal name which refers to a communal waterhole.
The town services sawmillers, graziers, orchardists and potato and rose growers. Scenic Lake Leake is a favourite boating and fishing retreat.
The original township of East Kalangadoo was established on the Mount Gambier-Penola rail line in 1891 and is distinguished by the old Kalangadoo railway station.
Both Mount Gambier and its famous Blue Lake which lies in a volcanic basin, and Penola, gateway to the fabulous Coonawarra wine-growing region, are within comfortable driving distance.
Although only 12 km long and 2 km wide, the Coonawarra strip of terra rossa soil consistently produces quality, distinctive wines that are admired and respected throughout the world.