Paracombe, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Paracombe is located in South Australia
Coordinates34°51′01″S 138°46′43″E / 34.850238°S 138.778668°E / -34.850238; 138.778668Coordinates: 34°51′01″S 138°46′43″E / 34.850238°S 138.778668°E / -34.850238; 138.778668[1]
Population343 (2011 census)[2]
Location24 km (15 mi) from Adelaide
State electorate(s)Newland
Federal Division(s)Mayo
Localities around Paracombe:
Houghton Inglewood Chain of Ponds
Highbury Paracombe Cudlee Creek

Paracombe is a small town near Adelaide, South Australia. At the 2011 census, Paracombe had a population of 343.[2]


Paracombe is located south of Inglewood on the road out of Adelaide via Athelstone (Gorge Road).


The name probably originates from the Little Para River whose headwaters are in the area. It was settled in 1840–41 by John Barton Hack and John Richardson, and was a sheep station until the beginning of the 20th century. It was subdivided and, with an influx of smaller landholders, a school, post office, church and recreation hall were built, but the town did not grow much beyond this.[3]

In 1966, work started on the Kangaroo Creek Reservoir, a dam of the River Torrens, and in 1969 it was completed at a cost of $5.3 million. Apart from supplying water to eastern Adelaide, it also serves a flood protection role and holds 19,160 megalitres.[4]


Paracombe has a primary school, a recreation centre and a Country Fire Station.


The area is not serviced by Adelaide Metro public transport. A coach is operated from Tea Tree Plaza Interchange to Gumeracha and Mount Pleasant by LinkSA.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Search results for 'Paracombe, LOCB' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and localities', 'Counties', 'Local Government Areas', 'SA Government Regions' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian Government. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Paracombe (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 October 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Adelaide Hills Council – Historical Town Information Archived 25 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 15 June 2006
  4. ^ SA Water – Kangaroo Creek Reservoir Archived 24 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ [1] Accessed 24 March 2016