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South Australia
Ungarra is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Population 241 (2006 census)
Postcode(s) 5607
Elevation 116 m (381 ft)
  • 248 km (154 mi) West of Adelaide
  • 28 km (17 mi) North West of Tumby Bay
LGA(s) District Council of Tumby Bay
Region Eyre Western
County Jervois
State electorate(s) Flinders
Federal Division(s) Grey
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21.3 °C
70 °F
11.4 °C
53 °F
389.7 mm
15.3 in
Localities around Ungarra:
Brooker Moody
Ungarra Butler
Yallundra Flat Yallundra Flat
Tumby Bay
Footnotes Climate
Adjoining localities

Ungarra is a small swamp town located on the Eyre Peninsula, in the Australian state of South Australia about 248 kilometres (154 mi) from the state's capital, Adelaide and around 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Port Lincoln. At the 2006 census, Ungarra had a population of 241.

The name 'Ungarra' is derived from a nearby waterhole of the same name which is located just to the south of the township. It has a Mediterranean climate and receives on average just over 400mm of rainfall every year.


Settlers started farming the area in the early 1900s as the Eyre Peninsula Railway from Port Lincoln reached Ungarra in 1909. This provided an incentive for the clearing of what was generally mallee/Melaleuca mix of native vegetation for the growing of wheat. An important local historic location in the nearby Moody Rock and Tanks where water was collected from a natural outcropping of granite and stored in a large tank for the require water for steam trains. This site is located within the Moody Tank Conservation Park. Moody Rocks Water Tank is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.

The Ungarra Memorial Park is located at the southern entrance to the township, containing an old windmill as a memorial to the early colonial settlers of the area. In its heyday, Ungarra sported a bank, a bakery, a school up to year 10, and general store and two churches. While the buildings for many of these enterprises still stand, only the school (R-7) and one of the churches is still in operation. The town still has an operation post-office, which is open Monday Wednesday Friday 3pm till 4pm. The former bank is now located at the Koppio Smithy Museum at Koppio. The agricultural production around the area has expanded from the original wheat and now includes barley, lupins, faba beans, field peas and canola. There are also livestock industries, particularly sheep-based.

The town has a number of facilities, including sporting grounds and a primary school as well as a lawn bowling green and soldier memorial hall. The hall is available for hire for functions and camp outs and also offers kindergym every second Friday.

The school celebrated its centenary in 2014. The town runs a playgroup for kids under 5 each Monday near the school. The part-time Ungarra Community Cafe opened in 2015 as a local hub, selling coffee and local fresh produce, and donating some proceeds to local charities and overseas missions. The town is part of a popular tourist drive that can be done from Tumby Bay, with no camping or accommodation available within the town. Other conveniences include public toilets and payphone.


While having a number of unsealed roads running into Ungarra, it is connected to Lipson and the Lincoln Highway via a sealed all-weather road, the sealing of which was only completed in 2004.

Ungarra is served by two freight-only stations of the 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge Eyre Peninsula Railway - one is called Moody and the other is called Ungarra. A 27 kilometres (17 mi) branchline is proposed to Ungarra with the proposed iron ore port of Sheep Hill which is 20 kilometres (12 mi) northeast of Tumby Bay.


Ungarra is located within the federal Division of Grey, the state electoral district of Flinders and the local government area of the District Council of Tumby Bay.

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