Strathalbyn, South Australia

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South Australia
Strathalbyn around 1969.jpg
Strathalbyn around 1869
Strathalbyn is located in South Australia
Coordinates 35°16′0″S 138°54′0″E / 35.26667°S 138.90000°E / -35.26667; 138.90000Coordinates: 35°16′0″S 138°54′0″E / 35.26667°S 138.90000°E / -35.26667; 138.90000
Population 5,654 (2011)[1]
Established 1839
Postcode(s) 5255
Location 60 km (37 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) Alexandrina Council
Federal Division(s) Mayo
Localities around Strathalbyn:
Blackfellows Creek Macclesfield Highland Valley
Ashbourne Strathalbyn Langhorne Creek
Goolwa North Clayton Willyaroo

Strathalbyn is a town in South Australia, in the Alexandrina Council. As of 2011, the town had a population of 5654 people.[1]

History and Culture[edit]

The town was founded in 1839. Strathalbyn was once connected by broad gauge horse tram to Goolwa and Victor Harbor from 1869, and the line was extended to Mount Barker and Adelaide and upgraded for steam engines from 1884. It was cut off again in 1995 when the main line was converted to standard gauge. SteamRanger still run historic tourist trains on the isolated broad gauge line, including stops at Strathalbyn.

Strathalbyn has 4 pubs on the centre of town, The Victoria, The Robin Hood, The Terminus, and the Commercial. It is also host to an annual collectors, hobbies and antique fair, held the third weekend of August every year. Other popular events are the Strathalbyn Rotary Club's renowned Duck Race,[2] the Strathalbyn Show, and the collaborative Street Parade and Carols by Candlelight. There is also a Sunday market, once per month, at the railway station.

In 1975, street scenes from the film Picnic at Hanging Rock were filmed in the town.


Strathalbyn is 60 km southeast of Adelaide on the banks of the River Angas. The Children's Bridge is a pedestrian bridge over the river in the park.

Mining Industry[edit]

Small lead, zinc, gold and copper mines operated in the area in the later part of the 19th century, but these have all been long closed, and did not have a significant effect on the development of the town.[3] In 2008, mining company Terramin Australia Ltd established an underground zinc mine with the decline portal and much of the above-ground operation situated in a quarry east of the town, injecting an estimated $29 million into the local economy and creating around 100 jobs.[4] The mine will yield zinc and lead, with small quantities of silver, gold and copper and is expected to operate for seven years.[5] This proposal is opposed by "The Residents For A Future Strathalbyn Inc." who are concerned about ecologically unsustainable development within their district.[6]

Aerial photograph of Strathalbyn, looking south.


  1. ^ a b 2006 Australian Census : Strathalbyn (Urban Centre/Locality)
  2. ^ Strathalbyn Rotary Club
  3. ^ Mike Syddell (2005-06-16). "SA’s Angas zinc project takes shape". Retrieved 2006-09-30. 
  4. ^ "Strathalbyn mine 'good for economy'". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2006-08-18. Retrieved 2006-09-30. 
  5. ^ "Angas Zinc Project" (top frame has links to four pages of content in main frame). Terramin Australia. Archived from the original on 2006-08-20. Retrieved 2006-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Residents hold fears over proposed lead, zinc mine". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2005-12-14. Retrieved 2006-09-01.