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Curramulka, South Australia

South Australia
Institute, built in 1885

34°41′46″S 137°42′39″E / 34.69611°S 137.71083°E / -34.69611; 137.71083Coordinates: 34°41′46″S 137°42′39″E / 34.69611°S 137.71083°E / -34.69611; 137.71083

Population 148 ()[1]
Established 1878[2]
Postcode(s) 5580[3]
LGA(s) District Council of Yorke Peninsula
State electorate(s) Goyder
Federal Division(s) Wakefield
Localities around Curramulka:
Port Victoria Maitland Ardrossan
Port Rickaby Curramulka Port Julia
Minlaton Port Vincent

Curramulka is a town on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia. Curramulka is within easy driving distance of the coastal resort towns of Port Victoria and Port Vincent and is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north-east of the regional ‘capital’ of Minlaton. At the 2006 census, Curramulka had a population of 148.[1]

Nearby is what are acknowledged as the most extensive chain of limestone caves in the southern hemisphere. The sheer size of the system is also the reason why so little is known about it. The only regular visitors are members of the Police Rescue Squad who do part of their training in the caverns.


Curramulka is one of the oldest townships on the Peninsula, the Hundred of Curramulka being proclaimed on 31 December 1874. The name is derived from 'curre' (emu) and 'mulka' (deep water hole). Emus used to drink here, and thus it was named by the indigenous inhabitants.

Farming land was first opened up in the mid-1870s and Curramulka enjoyed its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when most farming produce moved through nearby Port Julia.

The town's commercial importance dwindled when Ardrossan to the north became the main regional port for wheat and wool, but recent signs indicate that Curramulka is back in a strong growth mode.[4]

Local School

The primary school located in Curramulka is in need of a few more students as its numbers are plummeting below the population count of just 50. Though the staff at Curramulka are happy with not having to account for many students, they also like having more company as they attend their current duties.


On 19 November 2009 a large fire started in paddocks near Curramulka.[5] The front was about 700 metres long and burnt about 400 hectares.[6] The fire was soon terminated and had caused minimal damage to loacal areas with the exception of a few paddocks burnt.

External links

  • Yorke Peninsula website
  • Curramulka School website


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