Cockatoo Valley

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Cockatoo Valley
South Australia
ADB Cockatoo Valley general store.jpg
Cockatoo Valley General Store
Cockatoo Valley is located in South Australia
Cockatoo Valley
Cockatoo Valley
Coordinates 34°37′56″S 138°50′09″E / 34.6321°S 138.8357°E / -34.6321; 138.8357Coordinates: 34°37′56″S 138°50′09″E / 34.6321°S 138.8357°E / -34.6321; 138.8357
Postcode(s) 5351
Location 10 km (6 mi) east of Gawler
LGA(s) Barossa Council
State electorate(s) Electoral district of Schubert
Federal Division(s) Division of Wakefield
Localities around Cockatoo Valley:
Sandy Creek
Kalbeeba Cockatoo Valley Lyndoch
Barossa Goldfields Williamstown

Cockatoo Valley is a settlement in South Australia.[1] At the 2006 census, Cockatoo Valley had a population of 479.[2]

It was first discovered and named by Europeans on 3 March 1838 when an exploration party of four young horsemen comprising John Hill, William Wood, Charles Willis, and John Oakden camped there on the first overland expedition from Adelaide to reach the River Murray at present Morgan. Oakden reported that the valley was 'swarming with cockatoos, seven of which were shot' to roast for supper.[3] They encamped there at 'a rivulet' they had discovered, later named Yettie Creek.


  1. ^ "2905.0 - Statistical Geography: Volume 2 -- Census Geographic Areas, Australia, 2006". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Cockatoo Valley (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Register newspaper, 17 March 1838, page 3