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South Australia
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Kybybolite institute building
Kybybolite is located in South Australia
Coordinates 36°52′08″S 140°55′34″E / 36.86889°S 140.92611°E / -36.86889; 140.92611Coordinates: 36°52′08″S 140°55′34″E / 36.86889°S 140.92611°E / -36.86889; 140.92611
Established 1905[1]
Postcode(s) 5262[2]
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACST (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s) Naracoorte Lucindale Council[1]
Region Limestone Coast[3]
County MacDonnell[1]
State electorate(s) MacKillop[4]
Federal Division(s) Barker[5]
Mean max temp[6] Mean min temp[6] Annual rainfall[6]
21.6 °C
71 °F
8.1 °C
47 °F
484 mm
19.1 in
Localities around Kybybolite:
Binnum Benayeo
Wild Dog Valley Kybybolite
Naracoorte Hynam Apsley
Footnotes Location[2][1]
Adjoining localities[1]

Kybybolite is a locality in the Australian state of South Australia located in the state's south-east within the Limestone Coast region on the border with the state of Victoria about 301 kilometres (187 mi) south east of the state capital of Adelaide and about 19 kilometres (12 mi) north-east of the municipal seat of Naracoorte.[1][3][2]

The state government established a research farm at Kybybolite in 1905. This has included orchards, poultry, pigs, dairy and beef cattle, sheep, pasture, hay and silage production.[7] The historic Kybybolite house on the farm is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.[8]

The railway closed on 12 April 1995 with the last train from Mount Gambier to Keswick passing through that Wednesday afternoon.[citation needed] The school operated from 1907 to 1998, teaching a total of 854 students. The school library was dedicated to Jim Paroissien who had been head teacher from 1930 to 1940, but was killed in action in World War 2 over Malta.[9]

The principal land use in the locality outside Kybybolite township itself is primary production. The portion of the Mullinger Swamp located within the locality in South Australia has protected area status as the Mullinger Swamp Conservation Park.[10][1]

On 4 August 2016, a sinkhole approximately 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) in diameter and 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) deep opened unexpectedly on the property of local farmer, Andrew Shepherd.[11]

Kybybolite is located within the federal Division of Barker, the state electoral district of MacKillop, and the local government area of the Naracoorte Lucindale Council.[1][5][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Search result for "Kybybolite (Locality Bounded)" (Record no. SA0038071) with the following layers selected - "Suburbs and Localities", "Government Towns", "Development Plan layers" and " Place names (gazetteer)" and "State Government Region"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Postcode for Kybybolite, South Australia". Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Limestone Coast SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "District of MacKillop Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Federal electoral division of Barker" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics NARACOORTE AERODROME (nearest weather station)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  7. ^ W. G. (Bill) Giles. "History of Agriculture in South Australia - Kybybolite". Primary Industries and Regions SA, Government of South Australia. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dwelling ('Kybybolite' House)". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Memorial stone on the former site of the school. Kybybolite Primary School. 
  10. ^ "Development Plan, Naracoorte Lucindale Council, Consolidated – 29 November 2012" (PDF). Government of South Australia. pp. 130–131, 159, 179 and 179–200. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Hill, Kate (5 August 2016). "Sinkhole opens up under Kybybolite farmer's tractor". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 5 August 2016. the sinkhole measured a couple of metres in length and width, and was about two metres deep.