Deep in the Mallee grain belt that stretches west from Victoria, the South Australian town of Pinnaroo lies just 6m inside the border. In Big River Country
, Pinnaroo might be small, but its avenue of trees and its Mallee Tourist and Heritage Centre gives the town a distinctive character.
The centre is guardian of more than 1300 varieties of grain, a printing museum, restored farm engines and implements, a collection of historic artefacts, photographs, and an aviary of parrots and native birds common to the Mallee.
Pinnaroo and nearby Lameroo sit above a huge subterranean artesian basin which provides abundant water for the area. Irrigation sustains vibrant mixed farming operations which produce grain, beef, vegetables, pork, chickens and eggs, marrons and yabbies and Geraldton wax cut flowers.
Pinnaroo makes an ideal base for exploring regional conservation parks. The largest, Billiatt, conserves 60,000ha of mallee scrub and dunes which is home to a wide range of wildlife including pygmy possums and the rare Mallee fowl.
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