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South Australia
Main street of Uraidla
Uraidla is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Population 575 (2016 census)
Established 1880s
Postcode(s) 5142
Location 17 km (11 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) Adelaide Hills Council
State electorate(s) Morialta
Federal Division(s) Mayo
Localities around Uraidla:
Basket Range Basket Range Basket Range
Summertown Uraidla Basket Range
Piccadilly Carey Gully Carey Gully

Uraidla ( yoo-RAYD-lə) is a small town in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, Australia. At the 2016 census, Uraidla had a population of 575. However it also sits at the centre of a larger population catchment of rural townships which include Summertown, Piccadilly, Ashton, Basket Range, Carey Gully, Norton Summit and Cherryville.

The name is derived from the Kaurna name Yuridla, which means "two ears" and originally referred to the two nearby peaks of Mt Lofty and Mt Bonython, and also relates to the Dreaming story of Ngarnu, a giant from the east.


Once the home of the Peramangk Aboriginal people, European settlement commenced in the mid nineteenth century, a primary school opened in 1871 and the town was formally established in the 1880s.


The name Uraidla is derived from local Aboriginal origins. The neighbouring Kaurna people (from the Adelaide plains) had a tale about an ancestral giant who fell in battle and whose body formed part of the Mount Lofty Ranges, with his ears forming Mount Lofty and Mount Bonython. The name Yurrēidla may derive from the Kaurna words yurre (ear) and the suffix denotaing location, -illa (Teichelmann & Schurmann 1840 ). This was later corrupted to Uraidla and adopted as the name of the town.

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