Pimba, South Australia

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South Australia
Pimba is located in South Australia
Coordinates31°15′S 136°47′E / 31.250°S 136.783°E / -31.250; 136.783Coordinates: 31°15′S 136°47′E / 31.250°S 136.783°E / -31.250; 136.783
Population36 (2016 census)[1]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST)ACST (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s)Outback Communities Authority
State electorate(s)Electoral district of Giles
Federal Division(s)Division of Grey
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.8 °C
78 °F
12.7 °C
55 °F
182.2 mm
7.2 in
Localities around Pimba:
Arcoona Arcoona Arcoona
Arcoona Pimba Arcoona
Arcoona Arcoona Arcoona
Adjoining localities[4]

Pimba is a small settlement lying on the transcontinental railway line in the Australian state of South Australia. It lies at the junction of the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs and the road to Woomera, Roxby Downs and Andamooka . It is 480 km from Adelaide. There is an iconic roadhouse, named "Spud's Roadhouse", which sells fuel and general shop items and meals and has accommodation.[5] At the 2016 census, Pimba had a population of 36.[1]


Pimba was originally established as a construction camp for the transcontinental railway in the early 20th century and was retained as a railway siding. It is reported as being surveyed as a township during the 1960s and was gazetted as a locality in August 2004 under the Geographical Names Act 1991 with creation of boundaries along with the retention of the “long established name.”[6][4][7]

Great Southern Rail's Indian Pacific (running between Sydney and Perth) and The Ghan (running between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin, trains still pass Pimba Siding but do not stop; both trains pass the town twice a week in each direction.

Pimba is located within the federal division of Grey, the state electoral district of Giles and the unincorporated area of South Australia.[8][9][4] As of 2016, the community within Pimba received municipal services from a South Australian agency, the Outback Communities Authority.[6]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Pimba (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 September 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Postcode for Pimba, South Australia". postcodes-australia.com. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics WOOMERA AERODROME(nearest station)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Search result for "Pimba (Locality Bounded)" (Record no SA0055107) with the following layers selected - "Suburbs and Localities"". Property Location Browser. Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  5. ^ Fairfax Media, "Walkabout: Woomera". Accessed 9 April 2007.
  6. ^ a b "Pimba". Outback Communities Authority. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  7. ^ Kentish, P.M. (29 July 2004). "Geographical Names Act 1991, Notice to Assign Names and Boundaries to Places" (PDF). South Australian Government Gazette. The Government of South Australia: 2671. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Federal electoral division of Grey" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  9. ^ "District of Giles Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 14 May 2016.