Bute, South Australia

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South Australia
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Bute Hotel
Bute is located in South Australia
Coordinates 33°51′0″S 138°00′0″E / 33.85000°S 138.00000°E / -33.85000; 138.00000Coordinates: 33°51′0″S 138°00′0″E / 33.85000°S 138.00000°E / -33.85000; 138.00000
Population 268 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1884[2]
Postcode(s) 5560[3]
  • 40 km (25 mi) east of Wallaroo
  • 24 km (15 mi) west of Snowtown
  • 142 km (88 mi) from Adelaide[4]
LGA(s) Barunga West
State electorate(s) Frome
Federal Division(s) Grey
Localities around Bute:
Alford Port Broughton Mundoora
Kadina Bute Snowtown
Paskeville Ninnes Lochiel

Bute is a town in the Mid North of South Australia, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) east of Wallaroo and 24 kilometres west of Snowtown. It was proclaimed as a town in 1884[2] and named after the Isle of Bute, in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland.[4] Attractions to the town include the nearby Bute tannery,[2] Bute Hobbies Bromeliad Display Gardens and the Bute Hotel[5] The town is surrounded by agricultural and pastoral land.[citation needed]

Bute was the original site of the Yorke Peninsula Field Days in 1895; they are now held outside Paskeville.[2]


Bute is situated on the disused Brinkworth–Kadina railway line. This line was originally narrow gauge (1067mm) but was converted to broad gauge (1600mm) in 1927.[6] From the late 1990s until 2009 a tourist train traversed the line from Wallaroo to Bute.[7] The next siding towards Kadina on the railway was originally called "16-mile Siding" and later Mona, but is now included in the bounded Locality of Bute.[8]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bute (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bute, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, Australia". Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  3. ^ "Bute". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  4. ^ a b "Bute, South Australia". Travelmate. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Attractions for Bute - South Australia, Australia". Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  6. ^ Callaghan, W. H. (2002), "Horse and Steam, Wheat and Copper", Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin (January/February): 9–27, 46–63 
  7. ^ "Yorke Peninsula Rail". Lions Club of Yorke Peninsula Rail Inc. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  8. ^ "Placename Details: Mona Railway Station". Land Services, Government of South Australia. 8 September 2008. SA0045570. Retrieved 26 February 2016. Gazetted as 'Allotments at 16 mile siding'-vide Government Gazette 17/12/1885. Government Town declared ceased to exist on 25/1/1979. Now incorporated into the bounded locality of Bute. 

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