South Australia
Gulnare is located in South Australia
Coordinates33°28′02″S 138°26′32″E / 33.4673°S 138.4422°E / -33.4673; 138.4422
Population80 (SAL 2021)[1]
Elevation283 m (928 ft)
LGA(s)Northern Areas Council
State electorate(s)Frome
Federal division(s)Grey
Localities around Gulnare:
Georgetown Washpool
Narridy Gulnare Spalding
Koolunga Yacka Broughton River Valley

Gulnare is a settlement in South Australia.[2] At the 2006 census, Gulnare had a population of 95.[3] It is where the east–west Goyder Highway crosses the former Gladstone-Balaklava railway,[4] and about a kilometre east of the south–north Horrocks Highway, 188 kilometres (117 mi) north of Adelaide.[5] The railway was built as a narrow gauge in 1894 and converted to broad gauge in 1927. The railway had been closed by 1993.

The town of Gulnare was named for the Gulnare Plain.[6] The plain was named by either John Horrocks or William Light.[7] The name of Gulnare in Byron's Turkish Tales and the name of Colonel Light's ship Gulnare are both derived from an English spelling of Julnar the Sea-born in older English translations of the Arabian Nights.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Gulnare (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "2905.0 – Statistical Geography: Volume 2 -- Census Geographic Areas, Australia, 2006". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Gulnare (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Placename Details: Gulnare Railway Station". Property Location Browser Report. Government of South Australia. 2 December 2008. SA0028404. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  5. ^ Google (30 August 2015). "Driving directions Adelaide-Gulnare" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Placename Details: Gulnare". Property Location Browser Report. Government of South Australia. 2 December 2008. SA0028397. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Placename Details: Gulnare Plain". Property Location Browser Report. Government of South Australia. 3 June 2010. SA0028401. Retrieved 30 August 2015. There are two alternative derivations recorded as detailed below:- 1. Named by J.A.Horrocks in 1841, meaning flower of the pomegranate as used by the poet Byron in Corsair. Horrocks used this name for his favorite dog-it is of Moorish origin. 2. Colonel William Light sailed in the Mediterranean in a ship called Gulnare.