Farina: South Australian Ghost Town

Farina: South Australian Ghost Town

Farina Ghost Town

Sitting in the vast, forgotten land of outback South Australia are traces left behind from a struggling community. Farina is a former farming and mining community turned ghost town, complete with a cemetery that details how harsh life in town must have been.

South Australian Ghost Town Farina.
The ruins of the Farina Ghost Town in South Australia.

The town of Farina dates back to 1878 when it was founded by farmers. The land was believed to be fertile since heavy rains had just passed through the region. This was an unfortunate rare event and the lands turned out to be incredibly difficult to cultivate. Though both copper and silver mines in the area drew more people to the town of Farina, it only grew to a population of around 300. Farina was to see its demise after the Ghan rail line, which passed through the town, was extended to nearby Marree. This rendered Farina an obsolete stop and was the final nail in the coffin leading towards the town’s abandonment.

Farina, Australia.
Historic photo of Farina when it was inhabited.

Though the town was built up with a church, brothel, breweries, police station and hospital it all was to be left behind, including its nearby cemetery. Now it sits to slowly deteriorate in the desert sun.

Farina's Police Station. .
The Police Station of the Farina ghost town. The old cells still exist out the back of this building.

Is Farina Haunted?

Though the harsh existence the residents of Farina faced and the commonplace of death this humble ghost town saw, there remains little to be said of hauntings. Could the remote and rarely visited location hold more secrets than the nearly forgotten ghost town puts forth?

Kangaroo skull at Australian ghost town.
Kangaroo skull resting within one of the spooky buildings sitting in ruin at this ghost town.

With little information available online I visited the town myself. the closest thing to a ghost story Farina holds is a story related to its cemetery. Here, in a far corner facing mecca exist the bodies of the early Afghan Camel Train workers who died in Farina. Along with them is a French lady known as Miriam Bebe, who had married Cool Mahomet. The pair were well liked and respected throughout the community. It is said that as all the other graves in the Farina Cemetery decayed, Miriam’s remained the one pristine and immaculately maintained grave. Though some doubt this was a paranormal event, no one truly knows who has been caring for this grave since 1939.

Miriam Bebe gravesite, Farina.
Miriam Bebe’s grave sitting in the Afghan corner of the Farina Cemetery.

During our own investigation of the Farina Ghost Town Cemetery in the dead of night, we received some interesting activity. The most compelling of this being a small, invisible tug on the clothing of my camera person (Jarrad). We later moved our investigation over to the actual ghost town and gained some interesting responses over the spirit box (a paranormal investigation tool that sweeps radio stations allowing spirits to communicate). One of which said, ‘the big house’ after I asked what was this room used for.

Australian outback ghost town.
Exploring what is left of this abandoned town in the middle of the Australian outback.

Visiting South Australia’s Farina Ghost Town

Although it remains difficult to say whether Farina is truly haunted, it remains an interesting piece of South Australian history to visit. Currently, the only functioning building that is fully restored at the ghost town is an old underground bakery. This is open seasonally and I would definitely recommend dropping by to grab a bite if you are traveling along the Outback Highway. Further restoration efforts to save the town and its heritage are being undertaken and all proceeds raised by this volunteer bakery support these efforts. To get more intimate with the area, camp and caravan sites are available at Farina for a small fee.

Underground bakery in Farina South Australia.
Inside Farina’s underground bakery.

If you are interested in reading about other South Australian haunts, I recommend checking out the Old Adelaide Gaol.

Thanks for reading!


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Comments (4)

  • Michele Brown

    Posted by Michele Brown on January 29, 2020

    My great grandmother’s grandfather was Edward Thompson Braddock he was the local police man and died in Farina 19th January 1880. Our family is in possession of a photograph book of local people and trackers of the time. The photo of the policeman’s wife with their two daughters on the verandah of the policemans house one will be Annie Emma Braddock who became a Bannigan by marriage. We intend to visit Farina this year.


      Posted by Amy on February 6, 2020

      Wow that is so cool that you have family ties to the area. I hope you enjoy yourself on your trip. It is located in a beautiful part of the country.

  • Mike

    Posted by Mike on April 7, 2020

    I am trying to piece togther some information on the brewery and any photos My friend was there several years ago with the restorers but could not come up with anything I do know in 1911 the walls were still standing Mike


      Posted by Amy on April 14, 2020

      Hi Mike! That is so cool to hear you are looking into the history of Farina. I feel like, from memory, there was a brewery still standing, though I cannot recall actually seeing one or reading any information plaques about one while we were there. It might be best to reach out directly to the team who is leading the site’s restoration. I hope you find what you are looking for.

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