Keith is a historical town with buildings from the 1910s. Additionally, the geography of the town being on the Dukes Highway also makes it a popular tourist spot as a common stopover.
A large granite outcrop outside the town called Mount Monster was a basis for the area's name until it was surveyed in 1884 and officially proclaimed Keith in 1889. It is believed that the town is named after the home town of the Governor of South Australia at the time, Lord Kintore. His home in Aberdeenshire in Scotland was called Keith Hall and he was also known as Earl of Kintore. The Post Office opened around 1874 as Mount Monster and was renamed Keith in 1904. In 1905 the general store was opened, and in 1907 the education department rented rooms out of the local institute to use as the school. 1910 saw the opening of Keith Hotel and the town's provisional school became a public school in 1912.
During the 1940s, the CSIRO found prosperity in the area. With the addition of trace elements, the area became a very productive area. The AMP Society funded the clearing of land to set up farming establishments. A Land Rover sits a top a pole in a historical landmark in the town. In 1957, the local school was made into an area school to accommodate the influx of students.
On 16 March 2000, boundaries were created for the locality of Keith. These align with those of the cadastral unit of the Hundred of Stirling and include the Government Town of Keith.
Several historical buildings still stand today, and many are still in use. The first school building built in the township is still in use by the school. The 1910 church with contemporary lead light windows inspired by local history is a common tourist attraction.
Local artist James Darling designed the local water feature, which celebrates the cycle of water through the Australian landscape and the region's widespread water irrigation.
The local industry is predominantly grain production and livestock grazing. Olive production has been gaining momentum around the area, with a large processing plant opening.
The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League.
Keith can be accessed on the Dukes Highway by car, one hour from Bordertown. Some bus companies stop here, others don't
- 1 Keith Bakery, Makin St. +61 8 8755 1405.
- Keith Motor Inn, 39 Memorial Ave, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM.
Nothing too big of a concern in Keith, apart from staying hydrated in the summer months.
- Finish exploring the trip on Adelaide to Melbourne by car
- Go north to the outback town of Innamincka
- Go to Australia's largest country town: Adelaide