Iron Knob’s Abandoned Road House Motel

Iron Knob's Abandoned Road House Motel

The Road House is along Iron Knob Road, off of Eyre Highway, in the small town of Iron Knob, the state of South Australia, towards the top of the Eyre Peninsula, Australia.

Iron Knob's Abandoned Road House Motel
Picturesque scene almost from 1980’s Mad Max film.

Iron Knob is pretty compact and a potentially overlooked area by any one not interested in iron ore. The land nearby is rich with large deposits of this heavy metal. The location was first seen named as Iron Knob on a map of land leasing in 1854. This area proved to provide excellent and high quality iron.

Iron Knob's Abandoned Road House Motel
Blokes and Sheila’s a lovely rest stop bathroom.

The population of little Iron Knob dropped greatly when the mining here ceased in 1998. The area may see more growth though as the housing is cheap, the land is cheaper and the 2 mines re-opened back in 2010. However, a 2016 census states the population was 144 residents with a median age of 59.

Iron Knob's Abandoned Road House Motel
This place may have been small but it had a lot to offer!

Iron Knob’s Road House Motel offered air conditioned rooms, a restaurant with take away food, car accessories, souvenirs and tires, tubes and batteries. Driving across the top of the Eyre Peninsula on empty and long desert stretches of road could definitely have made a pop off at Iron Knob very likable. The motel rooms have since been demolished, sometime after 2011.

Iron Knob's Abandoned Road House Motel
Mo – All that is left of the broken sign.

A view along North Terrace (a street along the backside of the motel) shows the establishment still functioning in some capacity in 2010.

Iron Knob's Abandoned Road House Motel
The tire shop and motel still seem to be in use during 2010.

Where is the abandoned Road House Motel located? You can find it with these coordinates. -32.725696, 137.148855.

Iron Knob's Abandoned Road House Motel
Aerial of the abandoned Road House Motel location in Australia.

Photographs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 by RussellStreet / Flickr. Licensed under CC. Image 6 Google Street View. Image 7 Google Maps.

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