Pooraka, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Street in Pooraka
Postcode(s) 5095
Location 12 km (7 mi) N of Adelaide city centre
LGA(s) City of Salisbury
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Makin
Suburbs around Pooraka:
Mawson Lakes Parafield Para Hills West, Para Hills
Cavan Pooraka Ingle Farm
Gepps Cross Northfield Walkley Heights

Pooraka (postcode: 5095) is a suburb in Adelaide, South Australia. It is around 11-12 km north of the central business district.

Pooraka East Post Office opened on 1 December 1965 and closed in 1986.[1]


The origin of the name Pooraka is obscure. Originally known as "Dry Creek" after the name of the local post office, in 1916, the District Council of Yatala renamed the suburb Pooraka, which they believed to be an Indigenous Kaurna word meaning "dry creek," however, the name bears no resemblance to the Kaurna words for 'dry' or 'creek'. Pooraka, with the same spelling, has been identified as an Indigenous New South Wales name for the 'turpentine tree' which is not found in South Australia.[2]


  1. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Amery, Rob. "Reclaiming through renaming: The reinstatement of Kaurna toponyms in Adelaide and the Adelaide plains" (PDF). Australian National University. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 

Coordinates: 34°49′28″S 138°37′37″E / 34.82444°S 138.62694°E / -34.82444; 138.62694