Mount Bryan, South Australia

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Mount Bryan is a town in north-east South Australia. The town is situated on the Barrier Highway, 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Burra, in the Regional Council of Goyder. At the 2006 census, Mount Bryan had a population of 137.[1]

The town was named after a nearby peak, Mount Bryan, which was discovered in December 1839 by Governor George Gawler and who named it in honour of Henry Bryan, a young man who became lost and perished of thirst during Gawler's expedition. Among those accompanying Gawler were Charles Sturt and Henry Inman.

Once the heart of a thriving farming community, including some of Australia's best known Merino sheep studs, the town today is largely represented by the Mount Bryan Hotel—an old pub.

At the northern end of the Mount Lofty Ranges, the views of and from the surrounding hills are scenic. A popular route is north east to Sir Hubert Wilkins cottage, birthplace of perhaps the last modern explorer.[clarification needed]

Modern technology has found Mount Bryan, with windfarms generating clean energy from some of the ridge-tops.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Mount Bryan (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 

Coordinates: 33°33′02″S 138°53′36″E / 33.5506°S 138.8934°E / -33.5506; 138.8934