Small service centre on the Mallee Highway
The small service town of Lameroo is located 210
km east of Adelaide on the Mallee Highway. Like
most towns in the Mallee (both in Victoria and
South Australia) Lameroo came into existence in
the early 1900s.
No one knows what the town's name means. The
name is an Aboriginal word of unknown meaning
although some people believe it had rude or
objectionable connotations. How the town got the
name Lameroo is well-known because in 1932 J.
McL. Johnston, an inspector in the Post and
Telegraph Service wrote: "I was at a farmer's
house where Lameroo now is, one evening in 1904
... the farmer (Mr. Byrne) asked me to stay
there, as there was a meeting that night to name
the place. I attended a fairly large meeting.
The settlers could not agree on a name and
finally appealed to me, whereupon I suggested
Lameroo, which was adopted with only one
dissentient. I do not know the meaning of the
word. I suggested it because its euphony pleased
me and I had so named a little bay in the
Northern Territory between the Darwin Hospital
Today Lameroo is surrounded by mixed farming
with wool and wheat dominating.
Things to see:
Located 3km from the town on the old Yappara
Road, this was one of the first houses in the
district. Built in 1898 out of pug and pine it
is a reminder of the lifestyle of the early
settlers. Ask at the Local Council Chambers for
directions and access.
Baan Hill Reserve
Located 20 km south-west of the town Baan Hill
Reserve is a natural soakage set among sandhills
and scrublands. It has picnic and barbecue
Billiat Conservation Park
Located 37 km north of Lameroo on the Alawoona
Road this 36,815 ha conservation area is
characterised by low sand dunes and extensive
stands of mallee broombrush. The area is great
for birdwatchers. Listen carefully for the
western whip bird.