The heart of KI and some may argue, the soul of the Island. Where generations of families have lived, where farmers work the land and where you will find Parndana - the ‘Scrub Gum Place'' - a typical Australian country town.
Parndana is home to the Soldier Settlement Museum that takes you on the journey of the returned soldiers; as part of the Soldier Settlement Scheme, they were responsible for almost doubling the area of agricultural land on the Island.
The Heartland is renowned for spotting wildlife and provides a real spectacle in late winter/early spring when the wildflowers come out.
It also makes an ideal base from which to explore the rest of the Island, providing convenient access to both the north and south coasts.
Parndana truly comes alive in November when the annual Speed Shears event is held. Shearers from Australia and overseas compete in one of the richest shearing events in the world. Whilst year round at the Parndana Hotel you can visit the 'Shearers' Hall of Fame' to learn more about the proud shearing heritage of Kangaroo Island.