Tarpeena, South Australia

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South Australia
Tarpeena is located in South Australia
Coordinates 37°37′0″S 140°47′0″E / 37.61667°S 140.78333°E / -37.61667; 140.78333Coordinates: 37°37′0″S 140°47′0″E / 37.61667°S 140.78333°E / -37.61667; 140.78333
Population 406 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1860
Postcode(s) 5277
Elevation 112 m (367 ft)
LGA(s) District Council of Grant
Region Limestone Coast
State electorate(s) Electoral district of Mount Gambier
Federal Division(s) Division of Barker
Localities around Tarpeena:
Kalangadoo Nangwarry
Wepar Tarpeena Pleasant Park
Dismal Swamp Mingbool

Tarpeena is a town on the Riddoch Highway between Penola and Mount Gambier in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia. At the 2006 census, Tarpeena had a population of 406.[1]

The town was named by Governor MacDonnell, after the aboriginal words tart pena which means red gum tree. The town was surveyed in October 1860.


Pastoralists entered the area in the 1840s and soon established sheep stations for wool.[2] With the improvement in transport and the road system Tarpeena has become largely a dormitory suburb of the provincial centre of Mount Gambier but the timber mill is still a valuable part of the infrastructure and helps the post office remain viable with the trade generated from over 700 employees.[3]


Tarpeena is in the District Council of Grant local government area, the state electoral district of Mount Gambier and at the federal level, the Division of Barker..


After 106 years, the primary school in Tarpeena closed in 2011 due to diminished enrolment.[4]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Tarpeena (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  2. ^ District Council of Grant - Tarpeena
  3. ^ Auspine Limited - About
  4. ^ Kennett, Heather (11 December 2011). "School's sad farewell to the final 11". Sunday Mail. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 

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