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Mount Compass
South Australia
Population 1,731 (shared with other localities in the "State Suburb of Mount Compass") (2011 census)
Established 1999
Postcode(s) 5210
Location 47 km (29 mi) South of Adelaide
LGA(s) Alexandrina Council
District Council of Yankalilla
State electorate(s) Finniss
Federal Division(s) Mayo
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
19.4 °C
67 °F
7.5 °C
46 °F
751.3 mm
29.6 in
Localities around Mount Compass:
Pages Flat
Willunga Hill
Myponga Mount Compass Nangkita
Hindmarsh Tiers Hindmarsh Tiers
Mount Jagged
Mount Jagged
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Mount Compass is a town in the Mount Lofty Ranges, on the A13 south of Adelaide, and north of Victor Harbor. It is a small community, traditionally supported by farming. Both market gardens and dairy have proved lucrative in the area. At the 2011 census, Mount Compass shared a population of 1,731 with adjoining localities.

Boundaries were created for the portion within the District Council of Yankalilla during August 1999 and for the portion in the Alexandrina Council during August 2000. The name is derived from Mount Compass, a nearby mountain, whose name was given in respect to the loss of compass at that place by George Gawler, the second Governor of South Australia in about 1840.

There is also a local area school that covers from years R-12 with the focus farm project that is run on the adjacent farm to the school.

The following two protected areas are located within the southern part of the locality - the Stipiturus Conservation Park and the Hesperilla Conservation Park.

Compass Cup

Since 1973, Mount Compass has hosted the country's only Cow Race, the Compass Cup. Originally conceived as a way to bring together the surrounding communities by the late Marcy Stewart, it has become a regional institution that attracts thousands of visits to the town over the weekend.

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