Parachilna was once a town in South Australia. The town was first surveyed in 1863 due to its closeness to a government water well. It is on the railway line and road between Port Augusta and Leigh Creek. Today, the Prairie Hotel, railway station,airstrip and a few buildings remain. The road east into the Flinders Ranges leads through Parachilna Gorge, recognised for its scenic beauty, to Blinman.
The railway station was completed in 1881 as part of the line to Leigh Creek through Beltana… The area was one of the set locations for the Australian feature film, Rabbit Proof Fence.