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Naracoorte
South Australia
Naracoorte V class.jpg
A South Australian Railways V class locomotive in a park in Naracoorte
Population: 4,888
Postcode: 5271
Location:
LGA: Naracoorte Lucindale Council
County: MacDonnell
State District: MacKillop
Federal Division: Barker
Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Annual Rainfall
21.6 °C
71 °F
8.0 °C
46 °F
483.8 mm
19 in
Localities around Naracoorte:
Lochaber Wild Dog Valley Kybybolite
Stewart Range ' Hynam
Moyhall Struan Mount Light

Naracoorte (population 4,888) is a town in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, approximately 336 kilometres south-east of Adelaide and 100 kilometres north of Mount Gambier on the Riddoch Highway (A66).

History

Naracoorte was formed from the merger of two towns, Kincraig, founded in 1845 by Scottish explorer William Macintosh, and Narracoorte, established as a government settlement in 1847. The name has gone through a number of spellings, and is believed to be derived from the Aboriginal words for place of running water or large waterhole. It grew during the 1850s as a service town for people going to and from the Victorian gold rush. The Post Office opened on 22 March 1853 and was known as Mosquito Plains until 1861. The Railway Line to Kingston closed on 28 November 1987 then dismantled 15 September 1991 then the Mount Gambier to Wolseley line closed 12 April 1995 whilst still pending for gauge standardization.

Today

The town has historically relied largely on sheep, cattle and wheat farming. In recent decades, tourism has become a major industry with the promotion of the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves National Park and the internationally recognised wetland, Bool Lagoon. It also receives a substantial number of visitors due to its proximity to the Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, and Padthaway wine regions.

Naracoorte is in the Naracoorte Lucindale Council, the state electoral district of MacKillop and the federal Division of Barker. The postcode is 5271.

There are three schools: Naracoorte High on Stewart Terrace, Naracoorte Primary on Park Terrace and Naracoorte South Primary. Independent schools include Naracoorte Christian School (also called Sunrise Christian School) formerly on Rolland Street, now located on Caves Road.

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League. and also supplies players for a number of surrounding teams such as Kybybolite, Padthaway and Border Districts.

Places of interest

Vines near Naracoorte1
Vineyards surrounding Naracoorte
  • The Visitor Information Centre & Sheep's Back Museum - MacDonnell Street
  • Lions Pioneer Park - MacDonnell Street
  • Tiny Train Park & Mini Golf - Park Terrace
  • Naracoorte Art Gallery - Ormerod Street
  • Mini Jumbuk Centre - 61 Smith Street
  • Swimming Lake - Moore Street
  • Jubilee Nature Park - Moore Street
  • Russet Ridge Winery - Cnr Caves Road and Riddoch Highway
  • Struan House - Riddoch Highway
  • Naracoorte Caves National Park - Caves Road

Heritage listings

Naracoorte has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • 6 Church Street: St Andrew's Presbyterian Church
  • DeGaris Place: Commercial Bank of South Australia Building (current council office)
  • 2 Laurie Crescent: St Paul's Anglican Church
  • MacDonnell Street: Simpson's Flour Mill (current Sheep's Back Museum)
  • 23-25 McDonnell Street: Limbert's Store and Residence
  • 30 McLeay Street: Dartmoor Homestead
  • 13 Ormerod Street: Old Naracoorte District Council Chambers
  • 81 Smith Street: National Bank Building

Services

  • Naracoorte Hospital (Jenkins Terrace; emergency department on Cedar Avenue)
  • Police (66 Smith Street)
  • Banks - ANZ Bank, Bank SA, Commonwealth Bank, National Bank, People's Choice Credit Union
  • RAA - Kincraig Motors (164 Smith Street) or Vans Automotive Service (88 Stewart Terrace)
  • Service stations - MoGas (117 Gordon Street), Mobil (46 Gordon Street & 9 Stewart Terrace), Caltex (12 McRae Street) and Shell (62 Stewart Tarrace)
  • Supermarkets - Woolworths/Kincraig Plaza (Robertson Street) & Foodland (63 Ormerod Street)
  • Transport - bus station (170 Smith Street)
  • Van Leuven l'Artisan Bakery Patisserie (31 Ormerod Street)

Climate

Climate data for Naracoorte
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 45.7
(114.3)
45.3
(113.5)
42.0
(107.6)
36.0
(96.8)
29.0
(84.2)
23.0
(73.4)
19.0
(66.2)
26.5
(79.7)
29.0
(84.2)
37.0
(98.6)
39.1
(102.4)
45.0
(113)
45.7
(114.3)
Average high °C (°F) 29.6
(85.3)
29.3
(84.7)
26.1
(79)
22.1
(71.8)
17.8
(64)
15.0
(59)
14.1
(57.4)
15.4
(59.7)
17.5
(63.5)
20.4
(68.7)
24.8
(76.6)
27.1
(80.8)
21.6
(70.9)
Average low °C (°F) 11.5
(52.7)
11.8
(53.2)
10.0
(50)
8.0
(46.4)
7.0
(44.6)
5.4
(41.7)
5.1
(41.2)
5.4
(41.7)
6.5
(43.7)
6.6
(43.9)
8.6
(47.5)
10.0
(50)
8.0
(46.4)
Record low °C (°F) 1.0
(33.8)
1.9
(35.4)
-0.7
(30.7)
-2.8
(27)
-4.0
(24.8)
-4.1
(24.6)
-3.4
(25.9)
-4.2
(24.4)
-3.0
(26.6)
-2.8
(27)
-1.9
(28.6)
0.7
(33.3)
-4.2
(24.4)
Rainfall mm (inches) 22.4
(0.882)
20.3
(0.799)
25.8
(1.016)
24.7
(0.972)
36.8
(1.449)
57.1
(2.248)
55.6
(2.189)
72.7
(2.862)
55.0
(2.165)
37.7
(1.484)
35.3
(1.39)
40.4
(1.591)
483.8
(19.047)
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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