Yongala, South Australia

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South Australia
Scene from the hill overlooking Yongala
Yongala is located in South Australia
Coordinates33°02′0″S 138°45′0″E / 33.03333°S 138.75000°E / -33.03333; 138.75000Coordinates: 33°02′0″S 138°45′0″E / 33.03333°S 138.75000°E / -33.03333; 138.75000
Population243 (2011 census)[1]
Elevation512 m (1,680 ft)
LGA(s)District Council of Peterborough
State electorate(s)Stuart
Federal Division(s)Grey
Mean max temp[2] Mean min temp[2] Annual rainfall[2]
21.9 °C
71 °F
7.3 °C
45 °F
365.7 mm
14.4 in
Localities around Yongala:
Mannanarie Sunnybrae Sunnybrae
Mannanarie Yongala Sunnybrae
Sunnybrae Sunnybrae Sunnybrae

Yongala is a small town located in the state of South Australia, Australia. It has a population of approximately 240 people and is situated on the Clare-Peterborough Road (B79), 238 km (148 mi) from Adelaide, the state capital.


The Hundred of Yongala was proclaimed in the County of Dalhousie in 1871, one of the first of the twelve hundreds to be declared in that county, opening up the area for closer settlement and small-scale cultivation.[3] The town was proclaimed on 23 May 1876. Within five years there was a population of 353 as developers anticipated the connection of a railway. Instead, the railway was built through the nearby town of Peterborough.[4]

The SS Yongala launched in 1903 and owned by the Adelaide Steamship Company was named after the town. It sank in a storm in 1911 off the coast of Townsville, Queensland and its wreck site is protected by the Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976.

Geography and climate[edit]

Yongala has a mild semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with some continental influences. It is situated on a high plateau and winter snowfalls are common. The town holds several records for the lowest minimum temperature in South Australia,[4][5] including its all-time record low of −8.2 °C (17.2 °F) on 20 July 1976,[6] in addition to the record low temperatures in South Australia for the months of May, June, August and September.[7]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Yongala". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 April 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics YONGALA (nearest weather station)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Counties and Hundreds - South Australia". Adelaide Co-operative History. 2006. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Yongala". Peterborough Tourist Promotion Association. 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007.
  5. ^ "Rainfall and Temperature Records: National" (PDF). Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Yongala". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Official records for Australia in January". Daily Extremes. Bureau of Meteorology. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.