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RDA Limestone Coast Region

About the area

Name origin

Naracoorte is named from an Aboriginal word for a waterhole in the area, while Lucindale is named after Lady Lucinda, wife of Anthony Musgrave, former Governor of South Australia.

Location and boundaries

The Naracoorte Lucindale Council area is located in South Australia, about 330 kilometres south-east of the Adelaide GPO. The Naracoorte Lucindale Council area is bounded by the Kingston District Council area and the Tatiara District Council area in the north, the Victorian border and the West Wimmera Shire in the east, the Wattle Range Council area in the south, and the District Council of Robe in the west.

Included areas

The Naracoorte Lucindale Council area includes the townships and localities of Avenue Range (part), Binnum, Bool Lagoon (part), Cadgee, Coles, Conmurra, Fox, Frances, Hynam, Joanna, Keppoch, Koppamurra, Kybybolite, Laurie Park, Lochaber, Lucindale, Mount Light, Moyhall, Naracoorte, Spence, Stewart Range, Struan, The Gap, Wild Dog Valley, Woolumbool and Wrattonbully.

Economic region
Naracoorte-Lucindale Council area

Land use

The Naracoorte Lucindale Council area is a predominantly rural area, with urban areas in the main township of Naracoorte, the smaller township of Lucindale, and several villages. The Council area encompasses a total land area of about 4,500 square kilometres. Rural land is used mainly for cereal cropping, sheep and cattle grazing, and dairy farming and viticulture, with some forestry and tourism.


The Naracoorte Lucindale Council area is served by the Princes Highway and the Riddoch Highway.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for grazing, farming and timber milling. Gradual growth occurred during the late 1800s, aided by the opening of the railway line from Kingston in 1877. More rapid growth took place during the early 1900s, spurred by land subdivision. Significant development occurred during the post-war years. The population of the Council area was relatively stable between 1991 and 2011 at about 8,000 people.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Naracoorte Lucindale area were the Meintangk Aboriginal people.