Orroroo is a pretty town lying on the eastern edge of the Flinders Ranges. Today Orroroo acts as a gateway for people visiting the ranges and is still a service centre for the surrounding agricultural region.
The original settlement grew up around an inn servicing early travellers on the Burra–Blinman track; in 1876 it was proclaimed a town. The name of the town comes from the Aboriginal word oorama‚ however there is some discussion regarding its meaning. One school of thought suggests it means ‘meeting place of the magpie’‚ another that it means ‘early start’. Visitors to Orroroo can see the heritage of both early Aboriginal and white settlement; the Historic Sites Walk takes in Aboriginal carvings‚ whilst in town is the Early Settlers Cottage‚ one of the first buildings built in Orroroo.