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South Australia
Institute, built in 1885
Population 148 (2006 census)
Established 1878
Postcode(s) 5580
LGA(s) Yorke Peninsula Council
State electorate(s) Goyder
Federal Division(s) Grey
Localities around Curramulka:
Wauraltee Sandilands Pine Point
Curramulka Pine Point
Port Julia
Sheaoak Flat
Minlaton Ramsay Port Vincent
Footnotes Adjoining localities

Curramulka is a town in the Australian state of South Australia on the Yorke Peninsula. Curramulka is within easy driving distance of the coastal resort towns of Port Victoria and Port Vincent and is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north-east of Minlaton. At the 2006 census, Curramulka had a population of 148.

Nearby is an extensive chain of limestone caves. They were first explored in 1850, and major extensions discovered in 1984. They have 14km of known passages in an area of approximately 400m x 300m and depth 46m. Corra-Lynn is the longest cave in the region.


Curramulka is one of the oldest townships on the Peninsula, the Hundred of Curramulka being proclaimed on 31 December 1874. The name is derived from 'curre' (emu) and 'mulka' (deep water hole). Emus used to drink here, and thus it was named by the indigenous inhabitants.

Farming land was first opened up in the mid-1870s and Curramulka enjoyed its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when most farming produce moved through nearby Port Julia.

The town's commercial importance dwindled when Ardrossan to the north became the main regional port for wheat and wool, but recent signs indicate that Curramulka is back in a strong growth mode.


On 19 November 2009 a large fire started in paddocks near Curramulka. The front was about 700 metres long and burnt about 400 hectares. The fire was soon terminated and had caused minimal damage to local areas with the exception of a few paddocks burnt.

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