Monarto South, South Australia facts for kids
|Time zone||ACST (UTC+9:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||ACDT (UTC+10:30)|
|Location||67 km (42 mi) ESE of Adelaide|
|LGA(s)||Rural City of Murray Bridge|
Monarto South is a locality in South Australia 16 kilometres (9.9 mi)* west of the Murray River. It is north of the South Eastern Freeway between the Callington and Murray Bridge exits, 65 kilometres (40 mi)* south east by road from Adelaide.
In the late 1970s Monarto Junction (or "New Murray Town") was proposed to be the site of a new satellite city of Adelaide. By the turn of the century the proposal had been completely abandoned.
Monarto South took its name from the cadastral Hundred of Monarto (established 1847) centred on the original township of Monarto to the north. The name of the hundred was after "Queen Monarto", an aboriginal woman (spouse of a tribal leader) who lived in the area at the time of its proclamation.
Monarto South is adjacent to the main Adelaide to Wolseley line, with Monarto South station formerly a junction for the Sedan branch line running north on the plain between the Murray River and the Mount Lofty Ranges.
In the 2010s, a local government project to upgrade Ferries McDonald Road commenced in Monarto South which included bitumization of the road. Completion of the project would create a heavy transport link from Langhorne Creek to the Barossa Valley.
There are several significant parks in Monarto South, including:
- Monarto Conservation Park
- Braendler Scrub
- Loomooloo Sanctuary
- Ferries McDonald Conservation Park
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