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McLaren Vale, South Australia

Coordinates: 35°13′11″S 138°32′28″E / 35.219773°S 138.541119°E / -35.219773; 138.541119
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McLaren Vale
South Australia
McLaren Vale is located in South Australia
McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale
Coordinates35°13′11″S 138°32′28″E / 35.219773°S 138.541119°E / -35.219773; 138.541119[1]
Population3,277 (UCL 2021)[2]
Established1838[citation needed]
13 July 1995 (locality)[3]
Area3.9 km2 (1.5 sq mi)[citation needed]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST)ACST (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s)City of Onkaparinga[1]
RegionSouthern Adelaide[5]
State electorate(s)Mawson[6]
Federal division(s)Mayo[7]
Mean max temp[8] Mean min temp[8] Annual rainfall[8]
21.7 °C
71 °F
12.8 °C
55 °F
448.4 mm
17.7 in
Localities around McLaren Vale:
Old Noarlunga Onkaparinga Hills Onkaparinga Hills
Old Noarlunga
Seaford Heights
Seaford Rise
Maslin Beach
McLaren Vale Blewitt Springs
McLaren Flat
The Range
Whites Valley Willunga Willunga
Adjoining localities[1]

McLaren Vale is a town and locality in the Australian state of South Australia located about 33 kilometres (21 mi) south of the Adelaide city centre and about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) south of the municipal seat at Noarlunga Centre.[4][1]


The township was formed in 1923 from a merging of the two original villages of Gloucester and Bellevue, which were established in the 1840s.[9][10] Boundaries for the locality were defined on 13 July 1995 for the portion within the former City of Noarlunga with the portion in the former District Council of Willunga being added on 28 January 1999. Land within the former locality of Landcross Farm was added on 16 March 2000.[1][3][11][12]

The source of the name has been attributed by several writers to either David McLaren of the South Australian Company or John McLaren of the colonial government's Land Office. Geoff Manning, a South Australian historian, investigated this matter and found that the latter person is the namesake.[9]

South of Noarlunga the country along the coast (Aldinga Plains) is more thinly settled chiefly in consequence of a want of water. At two miles from the township, however, the traveller enters upon the extensive and rich valley of McLaren, named from Mr McLaren, Land Office, who surveyed it and most of the southern districts.

— The Country in South Australia, The South Australian, 7 October 1845[13]

Geography and demographics[edit]

The town and locality is located within the McLaren Vale wine region.[14]

Former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler was born in McLaren Vale.[citation needed]

The Coast to Vines rail trail passes through McLaren Vale. There was a station at McLaren Vale on the former Willunga railway line that it follows.[citation needed]

The main road junction into the town, at Victor Harbor Road and Main Road, has over the years been notorious for fatal crashes. In 2011, construction started on an overpass, to remove the threat of right hand turns through high speed traffic. The overpass opened in late 2012.[citation needed]

At the 2016 census, the locality of McLaren Vale had a population of 3,842 and a median age of 52[15] of which 3,096 lived in its town centre.[16]

McLaren Vale is located within the federal division of Mayo, the state electoral district of Mawson and the local government area of the City of Onkaparinga.[7][6][1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Search results for 'McLaren Vale, LOCB' with the following datasets being selected – 'Suburbs and Localities', 'Counties', 'Government Towns', 'Hundreds', 'Local Government Areas', 'SA Government Regions', 'Gazetteer' and 'Roads'". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "McLaren Vale (urban centre and locality)". Australian Census 2021. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b Wotton, David (13 July 1995). "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT, 1991 Notice to Assign" (PDF). The. Government of South Australia. p. 61. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Postcode for McLaren Vale, South Australia". Postcodes Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Southern Adelaide SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  6. ^ a b Mawson 2018-2022 electoral district map (Map). Electoral District Boundaries Commission. 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Federal electoral division of Mayo". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics NOARLUNGA (nearest weather station)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b Manning, Geoffrey. "South Australian Names – M" (PDF). Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  10. ^ "McLaren Vale History". Kay Brothers. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  11. ^ Kentish, P.M. (28 January 1999). "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1991 Notice to Assign Boundaries and Names to Places" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australla. p. 611. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  12. ^ Lawson, Robert (16 March 2000). "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1991 Notice to Assign a Name to a Place" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. p. 1434. Retrieved 2 February 2019. ...alter the name of the suburb of Landcross Farm, as shown on the plan below, to McLaren Vale.
  13. ^ "The Country in South Australia". The South Australian. Vol. VIII, no. 667. South Australia. 7 October 1845. p. 2. Retrieved 2 February 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  14. ^ "McLaren Vale Geographical Indication". Wine Australia. Retrieved 15 December 2018. entered in the Register of Protected Names on 2 September 1997
  15. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "McLaren Vale (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 February 2019. Edit this at Wikidata
  16. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "McLaren Vale (Urban Centre)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 February 2019. Edit this at Wikidata

External links[edit]

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