The Australian Farmer
Located next to the Gawler Ranges Visitor Information Centre on the Eyre Highway in Wudinna the "Big Farmer" stands at 8 metres in height, and weighs in the vicinity of 70 tonnes.
Regarded as one of Australia's "Big Things", the sculpture was crafted from 2 slabs of local pink granite and took 17 years to produce, including two years for the artist, Marijan Bekic (with the assistance of his son, David), to carve.
The stylised work of a farmer represents the early settlers of the region, with carvings symbolising grain and sheep found within the sculpture.
The name "Wudinna" comes from aboriginal language, meaning "granite hill". Mount Wudinna, located a convenient 10 kilometres off the National Highway One, is Australia's second largest monolith. The roads are well sign-posted and suitable for travel by cars, caravans and buses. When you get there you will find a recently developed Interpretive Trail. The trail provides a pleasant picturesque walk and an abundance of information about the rock, its history, formation and local flora.
At the base of Mt Wudinna you will find several picnic sites with barbecue facilities, a parking area, toilets and an architecturally designed shelter, also with barbecue facilities. There is also a parking area suitable for buses and caravans.
A walk to the top of Mt Wudinna can take only a matter of minutes and you don't need to be an Olympic athlete to complete this feat. The walk is definitely worth it as the views from 261 metres above ground level are spectacular and span many miles around.
Minnipa is home to the wind sculptured Pildappa rock, only a 20 minute drive from the township. Pildappa Rock would be the most popular of Minnipa's attractions with the highest and longest wave formations on the Eyre Peninsula.
Able to be climbed, the rock offers unobstructed 360 degree views of local farmland, the Gawler Ranges and Blue Sturts.
Pioneers constructed guttering systems around the base of the Granite outcrop to water their properties and livestock. The gutters still manage to capture rainfall to this day.
BBQ facilities are available on both sides of the rock.
Tcharkulda Hill is climbable and adults and children alike enjoy exploring the many large boulders and formations. The site also provides woodlands and BBQ facilities with ample photo opportunities.
Tcharkulda Hill is accessed from the township of Minnipa and is only 4 kilometres out.