Saltia, South Australia

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South Australia
Pichi Richi Railway - panoramio (1).jpg
Pichi Richi Railway carriages stopped at Saltia before entering the Pichi Richi Pass
Saltia is located in South Australia
Coordinates32°28′27″S 137°55′57″E / 32.474202°S 137.932426°E / -32.474202; 137.932426Coordinates: 32°28′27″S 137°55′57″E / 32.474202°S 137.932426°E / -32.474202; 137.932426[1]
Population10 (2016 census)[2]
Established1862 (sub-division)
13 December 1984 (place)
17 February 1994 (locality)[1][3][4]
Elevation183 m (600 ft)(railway station)[5]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST)ACST (UTC+10:30)
RegionFar North[1]
Yorke and Mid North[1]
State electorate(s)Giles[6]
Federal Division(s)Grey[8]
Mean max temp[9] Mean min temp[9] Annual rainfall[9]
24.7 °C
76 °F
13.6 °C
56 °F
257.0 mm
10.1 in
Localities around Saltia:
Emeroo Emeroo Quorn
Stirling North
Saltia Wilmington
Stirling North Woolundunga Woolundunga
Adjoining localities[1]

Saltia is a locality in the Australian state of South Australia located on the western side of the Flinders Ranges about 279 kilometres (173 mi) north of the state capital of Adelaide and about 19 kilometres (12 mi) east of the city of Port Augusta.[1]

Saltia began as a private sub-division associated with Sections 901 and 902 of the cadastral unit of the Hundred of Woolundunga in 1862.[1] The developer was Charles Simmons who purchased the land prior to 1859 followed by the erection of a hotel in the same year and the layout of the "town" in 1862. The name is derived from an Aboriginal word thaltja meaning "the gums" and spelt as thaltia in 1855. A post office was opened around 1869.[10][1] It was declared as a place name on 13 December 1984.[3] Boundaries for the part of the locality within the City of Port Augusta in the west were proclaimed on 17 February 1994 while the part within the District Council of Mount Remarkable in the south-east was added on 13 March 1997.[4][11]

The road known as Flinders Ranges Way and the Pichi Richi Railway both pass through the locality in a west–east direction from Port Augusta towards Quorn.[1]

At the 2016 census, Saltia had a population of 10 people.[2]

Saltia is located within the federal division of Grey, the state electoral districts of Giles and Stuart and the local government areas of the City of Port Augusta, the District Council of Mount Remarkable and the Flinders Ranges Council.[8][6][7][1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Search results for 'Saltia, LOCB' with the following datasets being selected - 'Suburbs and Localities', 'Postcodes', 'Counties', 'Hundreds', 'Local Government Areas', 'SA Government Regions', 'Land Development Plan Zone Categories', 'Railway' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "State Suburb of Saltia". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1969-1982, Notice of Declaration of Names of Places" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. South Australian Government. 13 December 1984. p. 1835. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1991, Notice to Assign" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. South Australian Government. 17 February 1994. p. 482. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Search result for 'Saltia Railway Station' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and Localities' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian Government. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b "District of Giles Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b "District of Stuart Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Federal electoral division of Grey" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics Port Augusta Power Station (nearest station)". Commonwealth of Australia, Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  10. ^ Manning, Geoffrey. "South Australian Names - S" (PDF). Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  11. ^ "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1991 Notice to Assign Names and Boundaries to Places" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. South Australian Government. 13 March 1997. p. 1177. Retrieved 1 February 2018.