Experience the breathtaking scenery of the remote South Australian Landscape and one of the largest open cut coal mines in Australia.
Situated on the northern end of the Flinders Ranges, Leigh Creek is a picturesque town on the edge of the desert with an annual rainfall of 205 mm! Our 4min – 20 min helicopter flights offer phenomenal views of open cut coal mines, remote townships and of course, Leigh Creek.
Leigh Creek’s original purpose was to house the workers and their families who were the workforce of the huge Leigh Creek open cut coal mine, which is 22km north of the town. The population of the town drastically reduced when the coal mine was close in 2015. At the time, Leigh Creek was a modern mining town with a modern shopping centre, neat modern roads, attractive plots of land which standard modern houses had been built.
Leigh Creek has always been considered a closed mining tow, however, in the last 10 years, the town has opened its doors to welcome tourism. When the coal mine was closed in 2015, there were about 300 residents living in Leigh Creek. Today it is back to approx 100 residents.
Looking for something to do in Leigh Creek?
There are many things to see and experience around Leigh Creek! From the 19th April 2019, our experienced helicopter pilots will be offering scenic helicopter flights from the Leigh Creek Airport.
There are also significant facilities in the area including an olympic sized swimming pools, a sprung floor stadium, accommodation and many other tourist attractions.