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Council chambers, Spalding.JPG
The former "District Council of Spalding" council chambers
Spalding is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Population 215 (2016 census)
Established 1885 (district council proclaimed)
Postcode(s) 5454
Elevation 309 m (1,014 ft)
LGA(s) Northern Areas Council
State electorate(s) Stuart
Federal Division(s) Grey

Spalding is a town located north of the Clare Valley in South Australia, Australia. At the 2016 census, Spalding had a population of 215.

It is mainly a farming community and also is home to a slate quarry.

Services in the town include a supermarket, hotel, school, gun supplies store, roadhouse, Country Fire Service station, state emergency service (SES), dedicated post office and police station.

Spalding is presumed to be named after the market town of Spalding, Lincolnshire in the UK.


Prior to 1869, there were five sheep runs in the Spalding area: Bundaleer, Booborowie, Canowie, Hill River and Bungaree. From this date, the Spalding area was made available to farmers and a farming-centred community grew.

On 30 July 1885, the District Council of Spalding was proclaimed; it remained until 1997, when it merged into the Northern Areas Council. In 1925 a post office was built in Spalding.

Spalding was serviced by a broad gauge railway line through the Clare Valley from Adelaide from its construction in 1922 until the last train in 1978.

The historic Spalding Railway Bridge over the Broughton River and Bundaleer Reservoir site are both listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.

Features of interest

  • The Heysen Trail runs past Spalding, which is approximately the midpoint of the 1900 km walking route.
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