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On the Mallee Highway, just six kilometres from the Victorian border, Pinnaroo is the first South Australian town encountered by many travellers from New South Wales and Victoria. This little oasis in the middle of the Mallee owes its greenness to the availability of good underground water that supports market gardens, an olive plantation, grapes, potato growers and mixed farming. Other primary production includes wheat, barley, poultry, sheep, pigs, fat lambs and beef cattle.
Pinnaroo makes a good base for exploring either Karte Conservation Park, forty kilometres north, or Ngarkat Conservation Park, located forty kilometres south of town. Ngarkat is made up of over 270 000 hectares of native vegetation, and is home to the Western Grey kangaroo, the emu and rare Malleefowl.