Naracoorte, South Australia
A South Australian Railways V class locomotive in a park in Naracoorte
|Population||5,960 (2016 census)|
|Time zone||ACST (UTC+9:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||ACST (UTC+10:30)|
|LGA(s)||Naracoorte Lucindale Council|
Naracoorte was formed from the merger of two towns, Kincraig, founded in 1845 by Scottish explorer William Macintosh, and Narracoorte, established as a government settlement in 1847. The name has gone through a number of spellings, and is believed to be derived from the Aboriginal words for place of running water or large waterhole. It grew during the 1850s as a service town for people going to and from the Victorian gold rush. The Post Office opened on 22 March 1853 and was known as Mosquito Plains until 1861.
The District Council of Naracoorte was proclaimed in August 1870 to locally govern the lands of the Hundred of Naracoorte. In 1888 the size of the district was dramatically expanded to include surrounding areas not yet locally governed. As a consequence, in February 1924 the Corporate Town of Naracoorte was established to provide dedicated local governance to the township.
The Kingston-Naracoorte railway line was closed on 28 November 1987 and dismantled on 15 September 1991 following the Mount Gambier to Wolseley line closed on 12 April 1995 still pending for gauge standardization.
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The town has historically relied largely on sheep, cattle and wheat farming.
In recent decades, tourism has become a major industry due to the town's proximity to several wine regions and internationally-recognised natural features. Both the World-Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves National Park, the Ramsar-listed Bool and Hacks Lagoons are south of the township. The wine regions of Coonawarra and Wrattonbully lie further south, while the Padthaway lies to the north, placing Naracoorte at the centre of the three.
In addition to the Naracoorte Caves, the township has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 6 Church Street: St Andrew's Presbyterian Church 
- DeGaris Place: Commercial Bank of South Australia Building (current council office) 
- 2 Laurie Crescent: St Paul's Anglican Church 
- MacDonnell Street: Simpson's Flour Mill (current Sheep's Back Museum) 
- 23-25 McDonnell Street: Limbert's Store and Residence 
- 30 McLeay Street: Dartmoor Homestead 
- 13 Ormerod Street: Old Naracoorte District Council Chambers 
- 81 Smith Street: National Bank Building 
Other places of interest to tourists include:
- The Visitor Information Centre & Sheep's Back Museum - MacDonnell Street
- Lions Pioneer Park - MacDonnell Street
- Tiny Train Park & Mini Golf - Park Terrace
- Naracoorte Art Gallery - Ormerod Street
- Mini Jumbuk Centre - 61 Smith Street
- Swimming Lake - Moore Street
- Jubilee Nature Park - Moore Street
- Russet Ridge Winery - Cnr Caves Road and Riddoch Highway
- Struan House - Riddoch Highway
|Climate data for Naracoorte Aerodrome, Naracoorte|
|Record high °C (°F)||45.7
|Average high °C (°F)||29.6
|Average low °C (°F)||11.5
|Record low °C (°F)||1.0
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||22.4
|Source: Bureau of Meteorology|
There are three schools: Naracoorte High on Stewart Terrace, Naracoorte Primary on Park Terrace and Naracoorte South Primary. Independent schools include Naracoorte Christian School (also called Sunrise Christian School) on Caves Road (formerly on Rolland Street).
- Naracoorte Hospital (Jenkins Terrace; emergency department on Cedar Avenue)
- Police (66 Smith Street)
- Banks - ANZ Bank, Bank SA, Commonwealth Bank, National Bank, People's Choice Credit Union
- RAA - Kincraig Motors (164 Smith Street) or Vans Automotive Service (88 Stewart Terrace)
- Service stations - MoGas (117 Gordon Street), Mobil (46 Gordon Street & 9 Stewart Terrace), Caltex (12 McRae Street) Shell (62 Stewart Terrace) and On The Run (1 Deviation Road)
- Supermarkets - Woolworths/Kincraig Plaza (Robertson Street) & Foodland (63 Ormerod Street)
- Transport - Bus station (170 Smith Street)
The town is home to The Naracoorte Herald, a newspaper published in the town (under that name) since 1948. Prior to that, the newspaper had used the older spelling of the town, and was known as The Narracoorte Herald, which had begun publication on 14 December 1875. It is now part of Fairfax Media, with the Fairfax regional office located in the town on Smith Street.
In 1912, a nearby publication, the Tatiara and Lawloit News (13 June 1908 – 15 June 1912), which also printed in Naracoorte, was absorbed into the Herald.
The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League. and also supplies players for a number of surrounding teams such as Kybybolite, Padthaway and Border Districts.
Naracoorte also has a soccer club competing in the Limestone Coast Football Association.
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- "Naracoorte Council Office (former Commercial Bank of SA Naracoorte Branch) and front fence". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "St Paul's Anglican Church". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "The Sheep's Back Museum (former Simpson's Flour Mill)". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "Former Limbert's Store and Residence". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "Naracoorte (previously Dartmoor) Homestead Complex, including the homestead, two-storey building, cottage and old cottage". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "Shop (former Naracoorte District Council Chambers)". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "National Bank Naracoorte Branch". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- Naracoorte High
- Naracoorte Primary
- Naracoorte South Primary
- Sunrise Christian School, Naracoorte
- Full Points Footy, Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara, retrieved 25 July 2008