Naracoorte has the unique distinction of being home to a World Heritage-listed site, the Australian Fossil Mammal Site in Naracoorte Caves National Park, and surrounded by three premium wine regions – Wrattonbully, Padthaway and Coonawarra.
You’ll appreciate a landscape of fertile soils, green pastures, magnificent old gum trees and unspoilt native bushland. The district is famous for producing cattle and sheep, especially quality wool and prime lambs, wheat and other cereal crops and fruit and vegetables. Lucerne and other pasture seeds are sold around the world.
Once known as the Mosquito Plains, Naracoorte got its name from an indigenous word for “large waterhole”. The vigorous Meintangk indigenous tribe lived in the area for thousands of years before European settlement.
Naracoorte resulted from the merger in 1869 of two towns: Kincraig, founded in 1845 by Scottish explorer William Macintosh, and the settlement of Narracoorte (with two Rs), established by the South Australian Colonial Government in 1847.
Today you’ll see a prosperous and thriving retail and commercial centre for the Naracoorte Lucindale local government district and Victorian border districts. Local people value their industries including Teys Bros meatworks, a major cattle processor for export and domestic markets; MiniJumbuk woollen bedding manufacturer; Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange, the biggest sheep and cattle market outside Adelaide; and Naracoorte Health Service, with a large hospital and nursing home.
Enjoy the benefits of a city in a village setting, with “easy to get to” banks/credit unions and ATMs (ANZ, BankSA, Bendigo, Commonwealth, National and People’s Choice), pharmacies, seven-day supermarkets (Woolworths and Carter’s Foodland), fast food restaurants (McDonald’s, Hungry Jack’s and Subway), coffee shops, family bakery, pubs and Indian and Chinese restaurants and a great variety of shops.
And if you’re into sports and fitness, we’ve got the lot: excellent venues and facilities for golf (18-hole courses at Naracoorte and Lucindale), football, netball, soccer, hockey, tennis, cricket, lawn bowls, croquet, basketball, squash, table tennis, swimming, gymnasiums, and do-it-yourself exercising in our parks.