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North Carrickalinga Beach
Carrickalinga is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Population 364 (2016 census)
Established 1958
Postcode(s) 5204
Location 61 km (38 mi) South of Adelaide
LGA(s) District Council of Yankalilla
Region Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island
State electorate(s) Mawson
Federal Division(s) Mayo
Suburbs around Carrickalinga:
Gulf St Vincent Myponga Beach Myponga Beach
Gulf St Vincent Carrickalinga Wattle Flat
Normanville Normanville
Wattle Flat
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Adjoining localities

Carrickalinga (from Kaurna Karrakardlangga / Karragarlangga) is a small coastal town in South Australia about 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula overlooking Gulf St Vincent. The town has no shops, with the nearest being in Normanville, one kilometre away. Haycock Point separates two beaches, sometimes referred to as North Carrickalinga and South Carrickalinga beaches, both on Yankalilla Bay. Carrickalinga Creek discharges into the sea south of the town.


Carrickalinga is in the vicinity of several emerging wineries.


The beaches are wide with white sand that stretches down to the pristine water. Haycock Point, a much-photographed volcanic outcrop, separates North Carrickalinga and South Carrickalinga beaches.

Tjilbruke's trail follows the coastline through Carrickalinga.


Carrickalinga first appeared in 1958 as the name of a private subdivision developed by a George Lewis of Waterloo Corner in the cadastral unit of the Hundred of Myponga. The name was “used in preference to Gold Coast“ and is reported as being a “corruption of karikalingga, a former Aboriginal camp on Section 1018, meaning 'place for redgum firewood'.” Boundaries were established in respect to the Geographical Names Act in 1988 with a portion being added in 1994 and then “redefined” in 1999.

George Lewis remembered in the naming of Lewis Road, whilst the Town Clerk of the District Council of Yankalilla, Tom Lyddon, has Lyddon Place named after him. The original sales agent, Cliff Hawkins, placed a flagpole on the hill adjoining Solitude Drive, which remains in place today.

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