Naracoorte, South Australia

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Naracoorte
South Australia
Naracoorte V class.jpg
A historic locomotive in a park in Naracoorte
Naracoorte is located in South Australia
Naracoorte
Naracoorte
Coordinates 36°57′0″S 140°45′0″E / 36.95000°S 140.75000°E / -36.95000; 140.75000Coordinates: 36°57′0″S 140°45′0″E / 36.95000°S 140.75000°E / -36.95000; 140.75000
Population 4,888 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1845
Postcode(s) 5271
Location
LGA(s) Naracoorte Lucindale Council
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21.6 °C
71 °F
8.0 °C
46 °F
483.8 mm
19 in

Naracoorte (population 4,888) is a town in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, approximately 336 kilometres south-east of Adelaide and 100 kilometres north of Mount Gambier on the Riddoch Highway (A66).

History[edit]

Naracoorte was formed from the merger of two towns, Kincraig, founded in 1845 by Scottish explorer William Macintosh, and Narracoorte, established as a government settlement in 1847. The name has gone through a number of spellings, and is believed to be derived from the Aboriginal words for place of running water or large waterhole. It grew during the 1850s as a service town for people going to and from the Victorian gold rush. The Post Office opened on 22 March 1853 and was known as Mosquito Plains until 1861.[2]

Today[edit]

The town has historically relied largely on sheep, cattle and wheat farming. In recent decades, tourism has become a major industry with the promotion of the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves National Park and the internationally recognised wetland, Bool Lagoon. It also receives a substantial number of visitors due to its proximity to the Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, and Padthaway wine regions, plus many smaller local vineyards. Naracoorte is also the location of the food distributor Deb's Country Kitchen which provides products such as Extreme Chilli Tomato Sauce (commonly known as Deb's Sauce).

Naracoorte is in the Naracoorte Lucindale Council, the state electoral district of MacKillop and the federal Division of Barker. The postcode is 5271. There are four schools: Naracoorte High on Stewart Tce.,[3] Naracoorte Primary on Park Tce[4] and Naracoorte South Primary.[5] Independent schools include Naracoorte Christian School (also called Sunrise Christian School) formally on Rolland St, now located of Caves Rd.[6]

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League.[7] and also supplies players for a number of surrounding teams such as Kybybolite, Padthaway and Border Districts

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Naracoorte
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 45.7
(114.3)
45.3
(113.5)
42.0
(107.6)
36.0
(96.8)
29.0
(84.2)
23.0
(73.4)
19.0
(66.2)
26.5
(79.7)
29.0
(84.2)
37.0
(98.6)
39.1
(102.4)
45.0
(113)
45.7
(114.3)
Average high °C (°F) 29.6
(85.3)
29.3
(84.7)
26.1
(79)
22.1
(71.8)
17.8
(64)
15.0
(59)
14.1
(57.4)
15.4
(59.7)
17.5
(63.5)
20.4
(68.7)
24.8
(76.6)
27.1
(80.8)
21.6
(70.9)
Average low °C (°F) 11.5
(52.7)
11.8
(53.2)
10.0
(50)
8.0
(46.4)
7.0
(44.6)
5.4
(41.7)
5.1
(41.2)
5.4
(41.7)
6.5
(43.7)
6.6
(43.9)
8.6
(47.5)
10.0
(50)
8.0
(46.4)
Record low °C (°F) 1.0
(33.8)
1.9
(35.4)
−0.7
(30.7)
−2.8
(27)
−4.0
(24.8)
−4.1
(24.6)
−3.4
(25.9)
−4.2
(24.4)
−3.0
(26.6)
−2.8
(27)
−1.9
(28.6)
0.7
(33.3)
−4.2
(24.4)
Rainfall mm (inches) 22.4
(0.882)
20.3
(0.799)
25.8
(1.016)
24.7
(0.972)
36.8
(1.449)
57.1
(2.248)
55.6
(2.189)
72.7
(2.862)
55.0
(2.165)
37.7
(1.484)
35.3
(1.39)
40.4
(1.591)
483.8
(19.047)
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[8]

Places of interest[edit]

Struan House was built from 1873-75
Vineyards surrounding Naracoorte
  • The Visitor Information Centre & Sheep's Back Museum - MacDonnell Street.
  • Lions Pioneer Park - MacDonnell Street.
  • Tiny Train Park & Mini Golf - Park Terrace.
  • Naracoorte Art Gallery - Ormerod Street.
  • Mini Jumbuk Centre - 61 Smith Street.
  • Swimming Lake - Moore Street.
  • Jubilee Nature Park - Moore Street.
  • Russet Ridge Winery - Cnr Caves Road & Riddoch Highway.
  • Struan House - Riddoch Highway.
  • Naracoorte Caves National Park - Caves Road[9]

Services[edit]

  • Naracoorte Hospital (Jenkins Terrace; Emergency department on Cedar Avenue)
  • Police (66 Smith Street)
  • Banks - ANZ Bank, Bank SA, Commonwealth Bank, National Bank, People's Choice Credit Union
  • RAA - Kincraig Motors (164 Smith Street) or Vans Automotive Service (88 Stewart Terrace)
  • Service Stations - MoGas (117 Gordon Street), Mobil (46 Gordon Street & 9 Stewart Terrace), Caltex (12 McRae Street) & Shell (62 Stewart Tarrace)
  • Supermarkets - Woolworths/Kincraig Plaza (Robertson Street) & Foodland (63 Ormerod Street)
  • Transport - Bus Station (170 Smith Street)
  • Van Leuven l'Artisan Bakery Patisserie (31 Ormerod St)[10]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Naracoorte (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ Naracoorte High
  4. ^ Naracoorte Primary
  5. ^ Naracoorte South Primary
  6. ^ Sunrise Christian School, Naracoorte
  7. ^ Full Points Footy, Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara, retrieved 2008-07-25 
  8. ^ "NARACOORTE AERODROME". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Naracoorte Caves". ParksWeb: Wonambi Fossil Centre. Government of South Australia. 2006-09-05. Archived from the original on 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  10. ^ Tony Love (11 May 2011). "The rise of Van Leuven". News.com.au. 

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