Nairne, South Australia

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South Australia
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Main Street, Nairne
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Coordinates 35°02′0″S138°55′0″E / 35.03333°S 138.91667°E / -35.03333; 138.91667 Coordinates: 35°02′0″S138°55′0″E / 35.03333°S 138.91667°E / -35.03333; 138.91667
Population4,842 (2016 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 5252
LGA(s) District Council of Mount Barker
State electorate(s) Kavel
Federal Division(s) Mayo
Localities around Nairne:
Hay Valley Brukunga
Littlehampton Nairne Dawesley
Mount Barker Mount Barker Mount Barker

Nairne is a small township in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. Nairne is about 7 kilometres (4 mi) from Mount Barker, South Australia, in the federal Division of Mayo and in the state electoral district of Kavel. At the 2016 census, Nairne had a population of 4,842. [1]



Nairne was founded by Matthew Smillie in 1839 and named for his wife's family. [2]

In 1854 the District Council of Nairne was established to govern local affairs of the town and its surrounds extending past Callington to the east. [3]

Chapman's Bacon Factory was founded in Nairne in 1899 by the Chapman family and was closed in 2002 and has since been developed into a successful and thriving complex including a supermarket, post office and several variety shops.

In the late 1920s, the route of the Princes Highway, part of the main road route between Adelaide and Melbourne was changed to pass through Nairne, with road improvements from Mount Barker through Nairne to Kanmantoo. [4] In turn, the route through Nairne became the Old Prince's Highway in the 1970s with the construction of the South Eastern Freeway.

In 2003, the main street was transformed for a section of the movie The Honourable Wally Norman , which was filmed using various areas of the Adelaide Hills, including Mount Barker, Nairne and Lobethal.


Nairne has several shops on the main street, a school, and a church. It is about 7 kilometres (4 mi) from the town of Mount Barker and about 5 kilometres (3 mi) from Littlehampton. Nairne also has two hotels The Miller's Arms and The District Hotel as well as being home to Howard's Vineyard and Lot 100 which houses a gin distillery, brewery, winery and fruit juice manufacturing. Green Valley Strawberries is a popular local farm with a cafe and farm gate sales of seasonal fruit during summer.

Notes and references

  1. 1 2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Nairne (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 January 2020. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  2. "Manning's Placenames of South Australia". State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  3. "Proclamations - District of Nairne" (PDF). South Australian Government Gazette (35 ed.). Government of South Australia. 1853: 572. 1 September 1853. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  4. "DUKE'S HIGHWAY". The Mount Barker Courier And Onkaparinga And Gumeracha Advertiser . 46 (2435). South Australia. 29 July 1927. p. 6. Retrieved 17 November 2019 via National Library of Australia.

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