In the lee of the Gawler Ranges, Minnipa is at the centre of a number of extraordinary granite hill formations first observed by indefatigable South Australian explorer Edward John Eyre in 1839. A few years later the Government sponsored an expedition to map and record the native names of the outcrops: Tcharkulda, Yarwondutta, Minnipa, Chilpuddie and Pildappa. Fifteen km north of Minippa township is the standout Pildappa Rock whose incredible flowing forms rival the singular form of the better known Wave Rock in Western Australia. In economic and research terms the most important feature in the region is the Minnipa Agricultural Centre, which was commissioned some years ago to investigate and trial sustainable dry land agricultural and farming methods and alternative crop and pasture species. Interestingly, Minnipa was also chosen in 1915 as the location of an experimental farm to produce guidelines on wheat growing and sheep grazing in marginal regions of the Eyre Peninsula.