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Cudlee Creek

Coordinates: 34°50′0″S 138°50′0″E / 34.83333°S 138.83333°E / -34.83333; 138.83333
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Cudlee Creek
South Australia
Fruit Garden in Bloom at Cudlee Creek, 14 October 1929
Cudlee Creek is located in South Australia
Cudlee Creek
Cudlee Creek
Coordinates34°50′0″S 138°50′0″E / 34.83333°S 138.83333°E / -34.83333; 138.83333
Population425 (SAL 2021)[1]
Location30 km (19 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s)Adelaide Hills Council
State electorate(s)Newland (until 2014),
Morialta (from 2014)[2]
Federal division(s)Mayo
Suburbs around Cudlee Creek:
Millbrook Chain of Ponds Gumeracha
Paracombe Cudlee Creek Kenton Valley
Lenswood Lobethal

Cudlee Creek is a small town near Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the Adelaide Hills Council local government area.


The name Cudlee Creek is probably derived from the Kaurna word kadli,[3] meaning the Dingo Creek.[4]

The first European inhabitants of Cudlee Creek settled in 1838, when William Kelly, from the Isle of Man, came to the area and established the Sulby Glen estate. A district history states that Sulby Glen was "...well-known for cheese-making. Quite a lot of wheat was grown; fruit trees were planted and a lot of potatoes marketed". It became a significant exporter of apples and pears, and a cold store, built in 1922 for a fruit-growers' cooperative, is the most prominent building in the town.[5][6]

In 2019, a big bushfire burnt out parts of the town and the areas around it.[7]


Water pipeline in Cudlee Creek.

Cudlee Creek is located south of Chain of Ponds on the road out of Adelaide via Athelstone (Gorge Road). The ABS 2006 census records 764 people living in 304 dwellings.[8]


Cudlee Creek has a Soldiers Memorial Hall, Caravan Park, Pub, Tennis Courts, Golf Course and a Country Fire Station.

Points of interest:

  • Gorge Wildlife Park, one of the largest privately owned animal parks in Australia (opened 1965)
  • An old icecreamery now converted to a restaurant (opened 1890) known as the Cudlee Cafe
  • The popular walking trail, the Heysen Trail passes through the town

The local Primary School, Millbrook Primary School, closed in 2010 after 131 years. The population of the school when it closed was 15 students.

Cudlee Creek Conservation Park on the River Torrens, located near the Gorge Road-Lobethal Road intersection, is home to a variety of birds and marsupials who live in the stringybark, red gum, blue gum and manna gum woodlands on quite steep terrain. It was proclaimed in 1971 and contains no visitor facilities or amenities.[9]

The Fox Creek mountain bike trails in the Mount Crawford forest south of the town. There are 2 km-3 km downhill tracks plus an 8 km cross-country track.[10]


Gorge Road and Cudlee Creek-Lobethal Road run through the suburb.

The area is not serviced by Adelaide public transport. A coach is operated from Tea Tree Plaza Interchange to Mount Torrens and Mount Pleasant by Link SA. The Bus services the Gorge Wildlife Park, the Cudlee Cafe and Langley Road.[11]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Cudlee Creek (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "2014 State election boundaries - ECSA". Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 2014 State election boundaries. Electoral Commission of South Australia. Retrieved 2013-10-15
  3. ^ Amery, Rob (2016). "Chapter 8. Kaurna in Society". Warraparna Kaurna!: Reclaiming an Australian language. University of Adelaide Press. p. 204. JSTOR 10.20851/j.ctt1sq5wgq.18. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  4. ^ Schultz, Chester (9 February 2016). "Kadlitiya and Kadliti'-Pari". Adelaide Research & Scholarship. University of Adelaide. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  5. ^ Adelaide Hills Council – Historical Town Information Archived 25 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 15 June 2006
  6. ^ Gumeracha history centre – Cudlee Creek Archived 25 June 2005 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 15 June 2006
  7. ^ Akerman, Tessa (22 December 2019). "SA Bushfires: Adelaide Hills wine industry left in ruin". The Australian. Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  8. ^ http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/ProductSelect?newproducttype=QuickStats&btnSelectProduct=View+QuickStats+%3E&collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=POA5232&geography=&method=&productlabel=&producttype=&topic=&navmapdisplayed=true&javascript=true&breadcrumb=LP&topholder=0&leftholder=0&currentaction=201&action=401&textversion=false ABS Census 2006 – Postal Area (5232)
  9. ^ Department of Environment and Heritage – Cudlee Creek Archived 1 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ South Australian Trails – Adventure Archived 9 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 15 June 2006
  11. ^ adelaidemetro.com.au https://web.archive.org/web/20100223073322/http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/bussa/timetables/lobethal.html. Archived from the original on 23 February 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)[title missing]

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