RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

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RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island


The RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Region is located to the east, south and south-west of Adelaide. The Region encompasses a total land area of 8,752 square kilometres, including significant areas of coastline, water catchments and conservation areas. 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. 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.

Key employment sectors in the RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Region include health care, retail trade, accommodation and food services, education and agriculture, forestry and fishing. The main health care facility in the Region is South Coast District Hospital at Victor Harbor, with smaller health care facilities at Gumeracha District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Stirling Hospital, Kangaroo Island Health Service and Strathalbyn and District Health Service. Retail areas are located mainly in the townships of Goolwa, Gumeracha, Hahndorf, Kingscote, Lobethal, Mount Barker, Mount Torrens, Normanville, Port Elliot, Stirling, Strathalbyn, Victor Harbor, Woodside and Yankalilla. Bulky goods shopping is provided at Mt Barker Homemaker Centre. Tourism is an important industry, with numerous natural attractions (coastline, conservation parks, national parks, wilderness protection areas and beaches), numerous built attractions, and accommodation places mainly along the coast and on Kangaroo Island. Educational facilities are provided at TAFE SA (Mount Barker and Victor Harbor Campuses), Flinders University Rural Clinical School (Victor Harbor) and numerous schools.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Playford Highway
  • Princes Highway
  • South Eastern Freeway
  • Inman Valley Road
  • Port Elliot Road
  • Victor Harbor Road
  • Waitpinga Road
  • Adelaide-Melbourne railway line
  • SeaLink Ferry between Cape Jervis and Kangaroo Island


  • Adelaide CBD 10-110km
  • Adelaide Airport 30-100km
  • Port Adelaide 20-120km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Encounter Bay (around Maude Street)
  • Goolwa (around Gardiner Street)
  • Hindmarsh Valley (around Lincoln Park Drive)
  • Mount Barker (around Oborn Road)
  • Mount Barker (around Secker Road)
  • Port Elliot (around Hill Street)
  • Totness (around Follett Close)
  • Victor Harbor (around Maude Street)

RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

economic profile