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City of Mount Gambier

About the area

Name origin

The City of Mount Gambier is named after Lord James Gambier, Admiral of the Fleet.

Location and boundaries

The City of Mount Gambier is located in the Limestone Coast Region of South Australia, about 440 kilometres south of the Adelaide CBD and 440 kilometres west of the Melbourne CBD. The City of Mount Gambier is surrounded entirely by the District Council of Grant. The City of Mount Gambier is bounded by Pinehall Avenue and Bishop Road in the north, Attamurra Road, Sycamore Road, Dohle Road and Lake Terrace East in the east, Nelson Road, McCormick Street, P J Browne Reserve, John Watson Drive, Northumberland Avenue and Grant Avenue in the south, and White Avenue, Tollner Road, Milton Road, Wandilo Road, Wireless Road West and O'Leary Road in the west.

Included areas

The City of Mount Gambier includes the localities of Glenburnie (part), Mount Gambier, O B Flat (part), Suttontown (part) and Worrolong (part).

Economic region
City of Mount Gambier

Land use

The City of Mount Gambier is South Australia's largest regional city, including residential, commercial, industrial, rural-residential and undeveloped areas. The City encompasses a total land area of over 30 square kilometres. Mount Gambier functions as a regional centre to the wider agricultural, horticultural and forestry area.


The City of Mount Gambier is served by the Jubilee Highway.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the early 1840s, with land used mainly for sheep and cattle grazing. The township was established in the 1850s, with gradual growth through to the late 1800s, reaching a population of about 2,500 in 1886. Rapid development took place during the post-war years, particularly from the late 1940s into the 1950s, with a population of about 14,000 in 1961. Expansion continued during the 1960s and 1970s, with a population of about 20,000 in 1981. Growth began to slow during the 1980s. The population gradually increased from the early 1990s, rising from about 21,000 in 1991 to nearly 25,000 in 2011.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Mount Gambier area were the Booandik Aboriginal people.