Meningie, South Australia

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South Australia
Meningie Hotel
Meningie is located in South Australia
Coordinates 35°41′18″S 139°20′16″E / 35.68833°S 139.33778°E / -35.68833; 139.33778Coordinates: 35°41′18″S 139°20′16″E / 35.68833°S 139.33778°E / -35.68833; 139.33778[1]
Established 1866 (town)
2000 (locality)[4][5]
Postcode(s) 5264[6]
Elevation 34 m (112 ft)[citation needed]
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACST (UTC+10:30)
Location 108 km (67 mi) SE of Adelaide
LGA(s) The Coorong District Council[1]
Region Murray and Mallee[1]
County Russell[1]
State electorate(s) Hammond[7]
Federal Division(s) Barker[9]
Mean max temp[10] Mean min temp[10] Annual rainfall[10]
20.8 °C
69 °F
10.3 °C
51 °F
469.2 mm
18.5 in
Localities around Meningie:
Meningie West
Meningie West
Lake Albert
Meningie East
Coorong Meningie Meningie East
Coorong Coorong Field
Footnotes Location[6]
Adjoining localities[1]

Meningie is a town on the south-east side of Lake Albert in South Australia. It is on the Princes Highway near The Coorong and was surveyed in 1866.[11] At the 2006 census, Meningie had a population of 940.[12]


The word 'Meningie' is derived from “the Aboriginal word ‘meningeng’ meaning ‘place of mud’.”[4]

The town was surveyed between March and June 1866 by W. Farquhar between March and June 1866 without any proclamation. Land was offered for sale on 23 August 1866.[4] The name also was used for an “adjoining private subdivision of sections 104, 106/9 and 111” in the cadastral unit of the Hundred of Bonney.[1]

A school was opened in 1869. A jetty was erected in 1867 and operated until 1927/1928 and the town ceased to operate as a port in December 1936.[4]

Boundaries for the locality were created for the “long established name” on 24 August 2000 and which include the Government Town of Meningie.[5]

Meningie was the first place in Australia to have ADSL broadband installed without using a Telstra DSLAM. Agile Communications installed their own DSLAM in Meningie in October 2003, following on from having established a microwave network connecting to Adelaide in May 2001. Agile's associated internet service provider, Internode Systems offered services through this DSLAM.[13]


Meningie Cheese Factory Museum Inc

Meningie has attractions and amenities for travellers. The Lake provides visitors with many scenic locations place to fish, swim, kayak, jet ski and water ski / wake-board, and is the closest township to the Coorong National Park. Bird watchers also enjoy coming to see the range of rare and vulnerable wildlife that the Lake and wetlands support. There are local 4WD tracks, bush walking trails, and indigenous cultural journeys at Camp Coorong. The Meningie Cheese Factory Museum Inc. is wholly owned and operated by volunteers, and is both educational and a tourist attraction for the town. It is alongside the Cheese Factory Restaurant and the Lake Albert Caravan Park which is directly opposite.


Meningie is home to The Lakelander, a regional community newspaper[14] whose geographical coverage includes Tailem Bend, Salt Creek, Narrung, Coonalpyn and Tintinara.[15] The newspaper, first issued on 25 June 1976, is published in a magazine format.[16]


Meningie Post Office

Meningie has a strong sporting culture, and has a well maintained oval, a fully watered PAR 72, 18-hole golf course, bike tracks/ motocross jumps, sailing club, and also an airstrip for gliders, light aircraft and balloons.

Meningie has a local Australian rules football club, founded around 1890,[17] known as the Meningie Bears. On 12 December 2007, Meningie player Brodie Martin was rookie listed to Australian Football League (AFL) club Adelaide, becoming the first player from Meningie to be play for an AFL club.

Other sporting clubs in Meningie include the Meningie Motorcycle Club, Lake Albert Golf Club, Meningie Sailing Club, Meningie Bowling Club, Meningie Pony Club, Meningie Netball Club, Meningie Aero Club and Lake Albert Gun Club. There is also a Meningie Garden Club, Meningie & Districts Lions Club, and several church groups that meet regularly.


Meningie is located within the federal division of Barker, the state electoral districts of Hammond and MacKillop, and the local government area of the Coorong District Council.[9][1][7][8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Search result for 'Meningie, Locb' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and Localities', 'Government Towns', 'Counties', 'Hundreds', 'Local Government Areas', 'SA Government Regions', 'Land Development Plan Zone Categories' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Meningie (UCL)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Meningie (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ a b c d Manning, Geoffrey. "South Australian Names - M" (PDF). Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1991, Notice to Assign Boundaries and Names to Places" (PDF), The South Australian Government Gazette: 596, 24 August 2000, retrieved 5 January 2018
  6. ^ a b "Postcode for Meningie, South Australia". Postcodes Australia. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b "District of Hammond Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  8. ^ a b "District of MacKillop Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Federal electoral division of Barker" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  10. ^ a b c "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics Summary statistics MENINGIE (nearest weather station)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Meningie, South Australia". Placenames Online. Government of South Australia. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2006-06-19.
  12. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Meningie (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  13. ^ Simon Wright (2003-10-03). "Internode launches own ADSL network". Whirlpool. Retrieved 2006-06-19.
  14. ^ "Meningie Community Website - The Lakelander". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  15. ^ Laube, Anthony. "LibGuides: SA Newspapers: F-L". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  16. ^ "Lakelander". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  17. ^ "Meningie". South Australian Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1895). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 14 June 1890. p. 12. Retrieved 10 September 2013.

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