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Coonawarra railway station 2.JPG
Coonawarra railway station, looking south
Coonawarra is located in Wattle Range Council
Location in Wattle Range Council
Population 137 (2016 census)
Established 13 December 2001 (locality)
Postcode(s) 5263
Elevation 57 m (187 ft)
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACST (UTC+10:30)
  • 331 km (206 mi) SE of Adelaide
  • 60 km (37 mi) N of Mount Gambier
LGA(s) Wattle Range Council
Region Limestone Coast
County Robe
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
20.5 °C
69 °F
8.1 °C
47 °F
568.7 mm
22.4 in
Localities around Coonawarra:
Maaoup Glenroy
Maaoup Coonawarra Dorodong
Monbulla Penola Lake Mundi
Footnotes Locations
Adjoining localities

Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. It is best known for the Coonawarra wine region named after it.

The Aboriginal Australians living in the area when Europeans arrived were the Bindjali people, The word coonawarra is reported to have been their word for honeysuckle, although this meaning has also been ascribed to Penola by the same source.

Coonawarra was a station on the Mount Gambier railway line, which opened in 1887 and operated until it closed to freight on 12 April 1995. The Limestone Coast Railway tourist trains stopped at the station from Mount Gambier until 20 March 1999.

Wynns Coonawarra - Cellar Door
Wynns Coonawarra – Cellar Door

The township of Coonawarra is a few hundred metres west of the Riddoch Highway which passes along the ridge in the middle of the Coonawarra wine region. The historic Wynn's Coonawarra Winery in Memorial Drive is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.

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