Paracombe, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Paracombe is located in South Australia
Coordinates 34°50′53″S 138°46′48″E / 34.848°S 138.780°E / -34.848; 138.780Coordinates: 34°50′53″S 138°46′48″E / 34.848°S 138.780°E / -34.848; 138.780
Population 343 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1841
Postcode(s) 5132
Location 24 km (15 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) Adelaide Hills Council
State electorate(s) Kavel
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.[1]


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.[2]

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.[3]


Paracombe is located south of Inglewood on the road out of Adelaide via Athelstone (Gorge Road). The ABS 2001 census records 379 people living in 130 dwellings.[4]


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


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


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Paracombe (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Adelaide Hills Council - Historical Town Information Accessed 15 June 2006
  3. ^ SA Water - Kangaroo Creek Reservoir
  4. ^ [1] ABS Census 2001 - Postal Area (5132)
  5. ^ [2] Accessed 24 March 2016