Wye, South Australia

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South Australia
Wye is located in South Australia
Coordinates38°01′S 140°55′E / 38.017°S 140.917°E / -38.017; 140.917Coordinates: 38°01′S 140°55′E / 38.017°S 140.917°E / -38.017; 140.917[1]
Population92 (2016 census)[2]
Established1869 (town)
31 October 1996 (locality)[1][3]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST)ACDT (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s)District Council of Grant[1]
RegionLimestone Coast[4]
State electorate(s)Mount Gambier[5]
Federal division(s)Barker[6]
Mean max temp[7] Mean min temp[7] Annual rainfall[7]
19.0 °C
66 °F
8.2 °C
47 °F
708.4 mm
27.9 in
Localities around Wye:
Caveton Caroline Caroline
Eight Mile Creek Wye Donovans
Ocean Ocean Ocean
Adjoining localities[1][8]

Wye is a locality in the Australian state of South Australia located on the state's south-east coast adjoining the border with the state of Victoria and overlooking Discovery Bay in the body of water known in Australia as the Southern Ocean and by international authorities as the Great Australian Bight. It is about 399 kilometres (248 miles) south-east of the state capital of Adelaide and 22 kilometres (14 miles) south-east of the city centre of Mount Gambier.[1][9][10]

Wye is mentioned as early as 1869 when it was reported to be the rumoured name of a township which was derived from the River Wye in England and Wales to be laid out by government surveyors in the cadastral unit of the Hundred of Caroline.[11] A school operated there between the years 1880 and 1882.[1] The name is also reported as being originally used for a private sub-division within the Hundred of Caroline which purchased in 1895 by Charles John Edwards. However the original allotments were too small and the land was subjected to further sub-division by Edwards’ daughter, Elizabeth Hunt and by David Skene in 1927. Boundaries were created on 31 October 1996 for the "long established name" which is reported as being derived from the sub-division rather the above-mentioned river.[3] The locality's boundaries include the former Green Point Shack Area. A request from postal authorities for the name to be altered due to its similarity to Rye in the state of Victoria was not acted on by the relevant government agency.[1]

Wye consists of land located along the continental coastline extending from the Green Point Road in the west and the state border in the east. The Glenelg River Road passes from Mount Gambier to the north through the locality to the town centre of Nelson in Victoria to the east. The coastline overlooks Discovery Bay and the eastern part of a subsidiary bay known as Brown Bay located to the west of the headland of Green Point and on the west side of the locality.[1]

The majority land use within the locality is agriculture with a strip of land along the coastline being zoned for conservation purposes which includes the protected area known as the Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park.[1][12]

The 2016 Australian census which was conducted in August 2016 reports that Wye had a population of 92 people.[2]

Wye is located within the federal Division of Barker, the state electoral district of Mount Gambier and the local government area of the District Council of Grant.[1][5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Search result for "Wye (Locality Bounded)" (Record no SA0002705) with the following layers being selected – "Suburbs and Localities", "Hundreds" and "Road Labels"". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Donovans". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b Kentish, P.M. (31 October 1996), "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1991, Notice to Assign Boundaries and Names to Places" (PDF), The South Australian Government Gazette: 1517, retrieved 19 April 2018
  4. ^ "Limestone Coast SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b "District of Mount Gambier Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Federal electoral division of Barker" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics Mount Gambier Aero (nearest weather station)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Glenelg Shire town and rural districts names and boundaries" (PDF). Locality names and boundary maps. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, State Government of Victoria, Australia. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Limits of Oceans and Seas, 3rd edition" (PDF) (PDF). International Hydrographic Organization. 1953. pp. 35–36. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  10. ^ "AHS – AA609582" (PDF) (PDF). The Australian Hydrographic Service. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  11. ^ "LOCAL INTELLIGENCE". The Border Watch. 9 (629). South Australia. 6 November 1869. p. 2. Retrieved 1 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "Development Plan, Grant Council, Consolidated – 11 February 2016" (PDF). Government of South Australia. pp. 108, 138, 199 and 236–241. Retrieved 29 April 2016.