Keith is recognised as the Gateway to the South East and Limestone Coast. It was proclaimed in 1889 with agriculture as its base, and with its distinctive purple paddocks, is well known as the “lucerne capital of Australia”. 

In the early days, a railway siding was established on the Adelaide line near Mt Monster to serve the pastoral leases that had been taken up in the surrounding district during the 1850s. The Keith district typifies ‘real Australian countryside’ and its busy township services a diverse agricultural area.

Keith’s annual Diesel and Dirt Derby draws thousands of rev-heads from all over Australia and overseas to the town each March, which is followed by the V8 Speed Boat Challenge.

While you’re in Keith, don’t miss the Don Moseley Memorial Playground – kids will love the ever-popular mono-rail train and playground!

Before you leave, take home a souvenir of your visit at The Purple Paddock, a community hub that offers a wide range of locally made and unique products including baked goods, preserves, handmade items and plants.

The Keith district typifies the ‘real Australian countryside.’

Keith

Drive times to Keith

  • Melbourne 501km
  • Adelaide 225km
  • Mount Gambier 210km
  • Naracoorte 108km
  • Padthaway 62km