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South Australia
Carrieton SA.jpg
Carrieton Memorial hall and council office.
Carrieton is located in South Australia
Coordinates 32°26′0″S 138°32′0″E / 32.43333°S 138.53333°E / -32.43333; 138.53333Coordinates: 32°26′0″S 138°32′0″E / 32.43333°S 138.53333°E / -32.43333; 138.53333
Population 129 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 5432[2]
Elevation 440 m (1,444 ft)
Location 327.8 km (204 mi) North of Adelaide
State electorate(s) Stuart
Federal Division(s) Grey

Carrieton is a small town situated in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia. It is located between the towns of Orroroo to the south and Cradock to the north.

Originally opened in 1877 as "Yanyarrie Whim", (Yanyarrie is in the local indigenous dialect "eagle feathers") with the construction of a post office, the settlement was renamed in 1888 as Carrieton, after the daughter of Governor Jervois, Lucy Caroline.[3]


The town was on the Peterborough–Quorn railway line which opened in December 1881, served by a Class 1 station. A large goods shed and fettler's cottage were also constructed.

Passenger services were discontinued during 1969, when the South Australian Railways withdrew the railcar service.[citation needed]

Declining rail traffic saw the gradual withdrawal of services on the railway, with the last station master being withdrawn on 1 July 1971. The railway was closed in 1981, and removed during 1986.[4]

Recent history[edit]

The road was renamed the RM Williams Way in recognition of the area where R. M. Williams had many associations. Carrieton is often referred to as 'Gum Greek' country. The town is serviced through a community general store, hotel, post office, and accommodation, and it is a part of the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton. Recently, after large downpours in January,[when?] many of the creeks surrounding Carrieton were demolished. The bridge over Yanyarrie Creek 10 km north of Carrieton was especially damaged as huge slates of bitumen disappeared down the creek. Yanyarrie creek has since been repaired with a detour, after the first detour was ruined again by another flash flood a few weeks after the first one.[citation needed]

Carrieton Rodeo[edit]

Carrieton is home to the Carrieton Rodeo, an Australian Professional Rodeos Association event, held every year on Proclamation Day. It held its 60th anniversary meet on 28 December 2012.[5]


  1. ^ Population 2006 Census Australian Bureau of Statistics
  2. ^ Carrieton Postcode Australia Post
  3. ^ Manning, G; 1990 Manning's Place Names of South Australia ISBN 05437687505
  4. ^ Evans, J 2009; Proceed to Quorn Railmac Publications ISBN 978-1-86477-066-X
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-08. [not in citation given]