McLaren Vale, South Australia

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This article is about the township. For the wine region, see McLaren Vale.
McLaren Vale
AdelaideSouth Australia
McLaren Vale.jpg
Population 3,861 (2011 census Census)[1]
 • Density 990/km2 (2,560/sq mi)
Established 1838
Postcode(s) 5171
Area 3.9 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Location 41 km (25 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) City of Onkaparinga
State electorate(s) Mawson
Federal Division(s) Mayo
Localities around McLaren Vale:
Seaford Heights Old Noarlunga Onkaparinga Hills
Seaford Rise McLaren Vale McLaren Flat
Maslin Beach Tatachilla Willunga

McLaren Vale (postcode 5171) is a township in South Australia. At the 2011 census, McLaren Vale had a population of 3,861.[1][2]

The township was formed in 1923 from a merging of the two original villages of Gloucester and Bellevue, which were established in the 1840s by British pioneers.

The McLaren Vale wine region surrounds the town.

Children's author Alexander S. Foxhall was born in McLaren Vale, as was former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler.

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.

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 stated on an overpass, to remove the threat of right hand turns through high speed traffic. The overpass opened in late 2012.

There were once two supermarkets in the town, a Foodland and a BI-LO (where Browse and Save currently operates), until Foodland was sold, and Bilo moved into the vacancy. In 2006, BI-LO converted to Coles along with the national conversion. In 2011, it was announced that the shopping centre would be undergoing an upgrade, with a Target Country.[3] Target Country will occupy the current Coles location, after a new, bigger Coles is built behind its current location. The complete shopping centre is expected to open in early 2013.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "McLaren Vale (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "City of Onkaparinga suburb boundaries map". City of Onkaparinga. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Lucid Consulting, McLaren Vale Redevelopment

External links[edit]

291555293 McLaren Vale, South Australia on OpenStreetMap

Coordinates: 35°14′S 138°32′E / 35.233°S 138.533°E / -35.233; 138.533