Kyancutta derived its name from the local hill, which has the Aboriginal name Kutta Kutta meaning Little Night Hawk.
An official weather station was established in 1928 and members of the Bedford family have maintained three hourly programs of weather observations.
In 1986, Polkdinney Park was opened in honour of the first settlers to the area.
The unique granite outcrop of Corrobinnie Hill and Pinkawillinie Conservation Park can be seen, but are generally only accessible by four wheel drive vehicles.
Pinkawillinie Conservation Park and the surrounding Gawler Ranges offer a wide range of nature-based activities including four wheel drive touring, bush camping, bushwalking, photography and nature. Corrobinnie Hill is made up of unusual-shaped, weathered, granite rocks. This site is located within Corrobinnie Hill Conservation Park and can be accessed by four wheel drive from Kyancutta.