Mount Compass, South Australia

Mount Compass, South Australia

Coordinates: 35°20′S 138°37′E / 35.333°S 138.617°E / -35.333; 138.617

Mount Compass
South Australia
Population: 695 (2006 Census)[1]
Postcode: 5210[2]
Location: 50 km (31 mi) South of Adelaide
LGA: Alexandrina Council
State District: Electoral district of Finniss
Federal Division: Division of Mayo
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
19.6 °C
67 °F
8.0 °C
46 °F
830 mm
32.7 in

Mount Compass is a town in the Fleurieu Peninsula, on the A13 south of Adelaide, and North of Victor Harbor. It is a small community, traditionally supported by farming. Both market gardens and dairy have proved lucrative in the area.[3] At the 2006 census, Mount Compass had a population of 695.[1]

The name is said to have come from the 1840s, when Governor Gawler supposedly lost his compass near the site.[4]

There is also a local area school that covers from years R-12 with the focus farm project that is run on the adjacent farm to the school.


Compass Cup

Since 1973, Mount Compass has hosted the country's only Cow Race, the Compass Cup[5]. Originally conceived as a way to bring together the surrounding communities by the late Marcy Stewart, it has become a regional institution that attracts thousands of visits to the town over the weekend.

Born in and Notable Residents of Mount Compass

Ronald Ekers, Radio Astronomer

See also

Sports Facilities

Mount Compass Golf Club

Panoramic view of Mount Compass GC from the 18th green, 7th March 2007


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