Welcome to Laura

Settled in 1872

Discover, absorb, explore, wander & enjoy!

About Laura

The township of Laura was surveyed in 1872, when a section of Booyoolee Run, a pastoral holding which was leased by the pastoralist Herbert Bristow Hughes, was surveyed and subdivided. In 1872 the new town was named Laura after Laura Hughes, Herbert’s wife. Prior to the establishment of the town the area had a number of large pastoral holdings most of which dated from the 1840s. Beetaloo Station had been established as a cattle run in 1844.

The town grew as it became an important supply post for the workmen building the Beetaloo Reservoir. Two Chinese market gardeners settled there and implemented South Australia’s first irrigation system to grow vegetables and fruit at Laura. Beer, ice and dairy products were later produced in the town for shipment to Broken Hill after its mining operations were established in the 1880s. Flax was also produced in the area.

make our home yours...


Make a day or two out of your stay with us in Laura as you visit our town attractions and those of our close neighbours.


Beautiful and comfortable accommodation options ideal to suit all budgets and needs. We look forward to having you stay.


The Laura Fair is a major annual calendar event in the region, a day to celebrate culture, community and art.


Laura is home to the Golden North Ice Cream factory, and other delicious foods such has handmade chocolates.