Pinnaroo, South Australia

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South Australia
Pinnaroo main street, looking east
Pinnaroo is located in South Australia
Coordinates 35°15′0″S 140°54′0″E / 35.25000°S 140.90000°E / -35.25000; 140.90000Coordinates: 35°15′0″S 140°54′0″E / 35.25000°S 140.90000°E / -35.25000; 140.90000
Population 558 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1904[2]
Postcode(s) 5304
Location 243 km (151 mi) east of Adelaide
LGA(s) Southern Mallee District Council
State electorate(s) Electoral district of Chaffey
Federal Division(s) Division of Barker
Localities around Pinnaroo:
Karte Peebinga
Parilla Pinnaroo Panitya, Victoria
Ngarkat Ngarkat Big Desert

Pinnaroo is a town in the Murray Mallee region of South Australia, near the border with Victoria, 243 km east of Adelaide. Pinnaroo is on the Mallee Highway, and on the railway line between Tailem Bend and Ouyen. The roadhouses on the highway at Pinnaroo are the first food and leg-stretch stop on the bus route from Adelaide to Sydney. At the 2006 census, Pinnaroo had a population of 558.[1]

The town's name is derived from a word for "big man" in a local Aboriginal language.[3]

The railway arrived in the area in 1906.[4] There had not been any significant development in the area before that, as the remoteness and difficulty of getting supplies in and produce out had made it uneconomic to farm before that.

The railway is not currently available for transport between the states, as the line from Tailem Bend was converted to standard gauge soon after the main Adelaide–Melbourne line was converted, but the line to Ouyen remains as broad gauge. Both sides are used to transport grain from silos along the railway line towards the ports in each state.

The town has a large variety of sports, such as Australian rules football, netball, cricket, tennis, basketball, volleyball, lawn bowls, badminton, golf and darts. The local football team, the Pinnaroo Supa Roos play in the Mallee Football League.

The town has become a major centre for growing potatoes since around 1990.[5] Pinnaroo hosts the 'Pinnaroo SpudFest' each year. The SpudFest features a black tie dinner, stalls and games, entertainment, and 'spud wrestling'.[6]

Pinnaroo also has a show and field days every year at the start of October. The Pinnaroo Show features dog trials, agricultural tents, competitions, horse events, keg tosses, animal judging and fireworks. The show attracts over 10,000 people each year.

The Peebinga Conservation Park is 42 km north of Pinnaroo, Karte Conservation Park 30 km north-west, and the much larger Ngarkat Conservation Park is 28 km south of the town.[4]

The Border Times is a weekly newspaper published in the town.

The postcode for Pinnaroo is 5304. Pinnaroo is the seat of the Southern Mallee District Council, and is in the South Australian House of Assembly Electoral district of Chaffey and the Australian House of Representatives Division of Barker.

Pinnaroo Primary School[edit]

Pinnaroo Primary School is a public primary school for students in Reception to Year 7, and has approximately 80 students. The school has four composite classes - Reception, Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, and Years 5,6 and 7. It is the only school within 30 km of the town. The school's slogan is Aim High. The school regularly takes part in interschool sports with neighbouring schools, Lameroo and Geranium, in swimming and athletics. The school also takes part in SAPSASA with the Murray Mallee team in sports such as Australian rules football, cricket, athletics, swimming, golf, softball, tennis, netball and basketball. The school has four classrooms, a GP room, an art and technical centre, a home economics centre, an FM radio station, a swimming pool, two ovals, outdoor tennis, netball and basketball courts, and a full-size gymnasium.

The school is home to South Australia's first community library, which opened in 1977.[7]



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Pinnaroo (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pinnaroo". PlaceNames Online. Land Services SA. 2003-06-16. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  3. ^ "Hundred of Pinnaroo". PlaceNames Online. Land Services SA. 2003-06-16. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Pinnaroo". Walkabout. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  5. ^ Graham Badger; Ian Henschke (2004-04-02). "The Humble Potato is Saving One of South Australia's Country Towns". Stateline (South Australian edition). Australian Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Pinnaroo Spudfest 2008". South Australia Central. South Australian Tourism Commission, Government of South Australia. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  7. ^ "Pinnaroo Community Library". Southern Mallee District Council. Retrieved 2008-01-20.