South Australia
Old goods shed, Hoyleton.JPG
Original goods shed, built in the 1870s
Hoyleton is located in South Australia
Coordinates34°01′25″S 138°33′43″E / 34.02361°S 138.56194°E / -34.02361; 138.56194Coordinates: 34°01′25″S 138°33′43″E / 34.02361°S 138.56194°E / -34.02361; 138.56194
Population283 (2006 census Census)[1]
LGA(s)Wakefield Regional Council
RegionMid North
State electorate(s)Goyder
Federal division(s)Grey
Localities around Hoyleton:
Bowillia Kybunga
Spring Gully
Stow Hoyleton Leasingham
Watchman Halbury Auburn

Hoyleton (formerly Hoyle's Plains) is a former railway town in South Australia, west of the Clare Valley, halfway between Leasingham and Halbury. At the 2006 census, Hoyleton had a population of 283.[1]

Hoyle's Plains was the original terminus of the Port Wakefield railway line. This was constructed in 1869 as a horse-drawn tramway to assist farmers on the newly settled Hoyles Plains to get their grain to the port.[2]

The Gladstone railway line ran from Balaklava to Blyth and further on into the Mid North of the state.[3] Due to various reasons, this particular line had become obsolete and the tracks were dismantled in the late 1980s. The original historic stone railway shed remains standing alongside the grain silos which are still in use, but now serviced by road.

Sir Walter Watson Hughes, one of the founders of the University of Adelaide, originally owned a pastoral lease at Hoyleton in the 1850s. He later went on to own vast copper mining interests at Wallaroo, on the Yorke Peninsula.[4]

The Hoyleton Airbase to the west of the township is a base for firefighting aircraft to quickly respond to reports of fires in the Mid North region.


Hoyleton is in the Wakefield Regional Council local government area, the State Electoral District of Goyder and the Federal Electorate of Grey.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Hoyleton (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  2. ^ "THE PORT WAKEFIELD AND HOYLE'S PLAINS TRAMWAY, AND THE DISTRICT THROUGH WHICH IT PASSES". The Express and Telegraph. Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 27 November 1869. p. 2 Edition: SECOND EDITION. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  3. ^ The Centenary of the Port Wakefield and Hoyleton Railway Wilson, John Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, January, 1970 pp. 17–23
  4. ^ Cockburn, Rodney (1999). South Australia – What's in a Name?. Axiom Publishing. ISBN 0-9592519-1-X.


  • Grain storage silo still in use
    Grain storage silo still in use
  • Disused church
    Disused church
  • Looking west towards Hoyleton from Mt. George Road
    Looking west towards Hoyleton from Mt. George Road
  • Former Hoyleton Hotel
    Former Hoyleton Hotel
  • Railway monument
    Railway monument