The town of Snowtown is located in the Mid North of South Australia 145 km north of Adelaide at 33°47’S, 138°12’E and lies on the main route between Adelaide and Perth. The town’s elevation is 103 metres and on average the town receives 389 mm of rainfall per annum. According to the most recent town records, the population is 520.
Snowtown is situated approximately 7 kilometres east of a cleft in the Barunga range, named Barunga Gap. The excess rainfall from these hills collects in Lake Bumbunga directly south of the township. North of the town near the highway and railway line are more lakes and an old settlement still known as Lake View. Beyond the eastern edge of the town is the Snowtown Golf Course and a swampy region populated by saltbush and other salt-tolerant flora.
The town’s main street is known as “Fourth Street” which is notable for its attractive public buildings – most notably the Snowtown Memorial Hall (1919) which is attached to the Old Institute (1889). Nearby is the town’s tribute to the original pioneers telling visitors that the town’s population is 520.
The two railway lines (Brinkworth-Wallaroo and Adelaide-Crystal Brook) intersecting the town figure less significantly in Snowtown today, since the main north-south road running just outside the western edge of the town was designated to form part of Australia’s Highway 1 in 1955.