Millicent is located 412kms south-east of Adelaide, 469kms west of Melbourne. Millicent is centrally located in the middle of the Wattle Range council area, 50kms from Penola and 36kms from Beachport.
The local industries include pulp and paper manufacturing at Kimberly-Clark 10 kms south-east of Millicent. Millicent is also well known for its primary production, which includes many varied crops. Pine and blue gum plantations cover large areas.
Millicent was proclaimed in 1870 after a township developed on the limestone ridge in the centre of the newly drained Millicent flats. It is named after Millecent Glen, wife of one of the early pioneers and daughter of the first Anglican Bishop of Adelaide.
Millicent moved into the 20th century as a rural centre and its identity began to develop when pine plantations were developed in the ranges near the township.
Two pulp and paper mills were built at nearby Snuggery, of which Kimberly-Clark remains and is the largest employer in the town. These industries were responsible for a big increase in the population in the 1960s and the towns culture has been enriched by a high proportion of European migrants.
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Millicent Visitor Information Centre
This is a fully accredited centre that provides extensive up to date information of the region, as well as surrounding regions. Gifts, brochures, jewellery, maps, Internet access, local publications, local craft and produce are also available.
Phone: 08 8733 0904 - 1300 045 373. Click here to view the latest Town Brochure Millicent Brochure 2011 (7707 kb)
The Living History Museum
The Living History Museum has evolved around an old school house. The Millicent, Victoriana, Aboriginal, Natural History rooms, and farm machinery shed are located here.
Over 20 fully restored horse drawn vehicles are an impressive feature of the Museum. Other displays include the Shipwreck Room, Costume Collection, a T-Class Locomotive, operating Water Wheel, and a fully equipped Blacksmiths Shop. Entrance is via the Visitor Information Centre. Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 4.00pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. Entry Fee.
Canunda National Park
The Canunda National Park is a highly significant coastal park 40km long, stretching from Southend in the north to Carpenter Rocks in the south.
The park features massive sand dune systems, which are forever changing, and scenic rugged cliffs and clifftops. There is also a large expanse of open beach. Walking trails and lookouts have been provided throughout the park. Oil Rig Square, Coola Station, Cape Buffon, Boozy Gully are all accessible with 2 wheel drive vehicles. There is four wheel drive access throughout the park along marked tracks. Camping is permitted in a number of areas throughout the park. Enquire at the Millicent Visitor Information Centre for maps. Accessible at all times. No entry fee.
Millicent Golf Course
The Millicent Golf Course (18 holes) is located in a natural bush setting and its undulating watered fairways, true fast running greens and strategically placed bunkers makes play here a delight. The course is situated a short drive from Millicent on Penola Road, approximately 13 kilometres. Wildlife abounds on the course, and the combination of watered greens with sandy soil ensures that the course is suitable for play at all times of the year. Competitions are held regularly. Club and buggy hire is available and practice fairways, greens and bunkers are also provided. Make a day of it, and come along to play on one of South Australia's best country courses!
Please click here to view the brochure Millicent Golf Course (891 kb)
Millicent Art Gallery And Resource Centre
The Gallery has an 'A' class rating and features exhibitions of local, state and national art and craft on a regular basis. Free entry. Visit one of the best country libraries in the state with Internet access and a variety of resources to browse over. Take time out to research family history and browse through the extensive local history collection.
Please click here to view the brochure Millicent Library and Gallery (2606 kb)
The Swimming Lake is set in spacious lawns and trees and is very popular in summer. All facilities are well maintained, the man made beach is a feature. (A kiosk is available providing take away food.
Open daily December to March. Free entry.
A project funded by the local Council, Lake McIntyre is a native wildlife and vegetation reserve. It has been created from an old quarry in which a spring was disturbed. The area is now a haven for birds and bird hides are provided. There are free barbecues and picnic areas, walking trails and toilets. Open daily until dusk. Free entry.
Please click here to view the brochure Lake McIntyre (1464 kb)
A lovely area for all the family, with picnic area, toilets, barbecue and children's' play equipment. Adjacent to the bowling green, croquet lawn and netball activities. Toilet facilities also available. Free entry.
Right: The well kept park is a great place for families to relax.
To view a brochure on Millicent Trails please click below.
Millicent is the western most point of the Kanawinka Geo Park, which runs from Millicent into Victoria, almost to Melbourne. Mt Muirhead, the large hill that dominates Millicent is one of the oldest volcanoes in this volcanic region. Mt Burr, Mt McIntyre and The Bluff are other features. If you would like to follow the trail, brochures and maps are available at the all Visitor Information Centres in the area.
Click on the links to view the brochure:Brochure 1 160 kb Brochure 2 181 kb Brochure 3 184 kb Brochure 4 197 kb Or, for more information on the Volcanoes Discovery Trail please click here: http://www.kanawinkageopark.org.au/
Playground in the 'Domain'
The new 'Domain' Mega Playground at Millicent is a great place for families. Children will spend hours playing on this colourful, safe and fun
playground equipment whilst parents can relax, unwind and enjoy the surrounding gardens and nearby barbecues and picnic areas. The
Domain is located on Ridge Terrace, next to the Skatepark. Please Click on Parks Brochure (140 kb)to see the exact location along with other parks in the township. Or follow the Link to https://www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au/site/page.aspx?u=451
Trouble finding your way around the town? Download a town map here Millicent Map 2011 (83 kb)
Held at the Millicent Visitor Information Centre in April, incorporated with the Geltwood Festival. The Tall Timbers Exhibition and competition features the two timbers that dominate the region, Pinus Radiata and Red Gum. A part from the exhibition itself the weekend features woodworking displays and demonstrations. This is also the time to vote for your favourite wood work piece at the Visitor Centre and help judge the 'people's choice award.' Winners announced at the official opening.
Usually held on the first weekend in November, it features the best local produce, stock, exhibitions, stalls, sideshows, horse events, refreshments, parades and more.
Held on the Friday night of the Agricultural Show at the Showgrounds.
Barbara Wallace Exhibition
Held every alternate year held at the Millicent Art Gallery.
Geltwood Craft Festival
Held annually in March- April, the festival features craft exhibitions, displays and demonstrations held over a week throughout the town, with the Tall Timbers incorporated. The Farmers market is held on the first Sunday of the festival and provides a great opportunity to purchase fresh and new local products. (More description provided in events section)
Large variety of craft and local produce stalls, morning tea and light lunches. Held on the second Sunday of every month, except January, 8.30am to 1.00pm.