I must admit that on a visit to the town as a young man, I found it very unattractive. Maybe it was just a grey winter's day. Visiting on a sunny spring day in 2008 I found it much more pleasant, with many fine buildings intact and some attempt to display their history. Ellen St, the main street, retains a degree of coherence (compared, say, to Pt Augusta and Mt Gambier). There is some excellent colonial housing, many solid public buildings and one outstanding Federation hotel.