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RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

About the area

Location and boundaries

The RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Region is located to the east, south and south-west of Adelaide, between 10 and 110 kilometres from the Adelaide CBD. The RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Region is bounded by the City of Tea Tree Gully, the City of Playford and the Barossa Council area in the north, the Mid Murray Council area and the Rural City of Murray Bridge in the east, Lake Alexandrina, The Coorong District Council area and the Southern Ocean in the south, and the Southern Ocean, the City of Onkaparinga, the City of Mitcham, the City of Burnside and the City of Campbelltown in the west.

Included areas

The RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Region includes six municipalities: the Adelaide Hills Council area, the Alexandrina Council area, the Kangaroo Island Council area, the District Council of Mount Barker area, the City of Victor Harbor and the District Council of Yankalilla area.

Economic region
RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

Land use

p>The RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Region is predominantly rural, with substantial rural-residential areas and growing township and holiday areas. The Region includes the major centres of Mount Barker and Victor Harbor, the townships of Goolwa, Kingscote, Normanville, Port Elliot, Stirling, Strathalbyn and Yankalilla, and numerous smaller townships, villages and settlements. The Region encompasses a total land area of 8,752 square kilometres, including significant areas of coastline, water catchments and conservation areas. Rural land is used mainly for agriculture, particularly sheep and cattle grazing, crop and fruit growing, viticulture, fishing and forestry. Tourism is an important industry, with considerable holiday accommodation in the coastal settlements.

Transport

The RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Region is served by the Playford Highway, the South Eastern Freeway (Princes Highway), Inman Valley Road, Port Elliot Road, Victor Harbor Road, Waitpinga Road, the Adelaide-Melbourne railway line and the SeaLink Ferry between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island).

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1830s. Gradual growth took place during the mid 1800s as small townships were established. Land was used mainly for sheep and cattle grazing, with some grain growing. Expansion occurred during the late 1800s, continuing into the early 1900s, aided by improved access. The most significant development occurred from the post-war years, aided by tourism, with growth particularly from the 1980s.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Region were the Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri, Peramangk and Ramindjeri Aboriginal people.

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