Charleston, South Australia

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South Australia
Charleston Hotel and general store
Charleston is located in South Australia
Coordinates 34°55′0″S 138°54′0″E / 34.91667°S 138.90000°E / -34.91667; 138.90000Coordinates: 34°55′0″S 138°54′0″E / 34.91667°S 138.90000°E / -34.91667; 138.90000
Population 909 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 5244
LGA(s) Adelaide Hills Council
State electorate(s) Kavel
Federal Division(s) Mayo

Charleston is a small town in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. It is situated on the Onkaparinga Valley Road between Woodside and Mount Torrens, on the main route from the Adelaide Hills to the Barossa Valley. Most of the local businesses are on the Onkaparinga Valley Road, while the largest number of houses are on Newman Road. Charleston is served by a community postal agency called the Bookpost which is also a bookshop, internet cafe and General Store. Next to The Bookpost is the Charleston Hotel which enjoyed some national attention as one of the main props in a car advertisement, based on Slim Dusty's famous song "Answer to a Pub With No Beer".[citation needed]

Charleston is very close to the source of the River Onkaparinga and was named for its founder, Charles Dunn, a brother of the prominent miller John Dunn.[2]


  1. ^ "2006 Census QuickStats : Charleston (State Suburb)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Death of Mr. John Dunn". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 15 October 1894. p. 7. Retrieved 14 May 2012.