Place names search

Place Names Online was a simple search tool for obtaining information from the State Gazetteer. This has now been replaced by a function within the Property Location Browser.

Place names information from the State Gazetteer and boundaries of suburbs and rural localities can be located via maps and reports in the Property Location Browser.

To access State Gazetteer information from the Property Location Browser follow the steps below: 

  1. open Property Location Browser
  2. select the orange 'Place Name' button located near the top right corner of your screen
  3. from the 'Find' menu open the orange 'Place Name' menu and enter the required place name and select 'Zoom to results'
  4. from the 'Report' menu select 'Table & Map Reports'
  5. from the  'Place Names Results' pop-up select the printer icon for the required place name
  6. from the 'Placename Report' pop-up select HTML and to preview the information select 'Print'.

Note that if you select PDF at step 6 you will get another pop-up asking you to open or save the PDF file.

For more information contact the Geographical Names Unit (GNU)

The State Gazetteer

The State Gazetteer is a database of place names in South Australia. It records any place name that is, or has been, used in South Australia. The gazetteer provides an accurate and definitive list of place names for:

  • mapping purposes
  • emergency services
  • general enquiries.

Road names are not recorded in the State Gazetteer.

Each place name is associated with up to 38 fields of information relating to:

  • feature type
  • classification
  • location
  • derivation
  • cross-reference to current, previous and alternative names.

Download the State Gazetteer

The State Gazetteer is free to download from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure data download portal. The data is licensed under Creative Commons 3.0 licence in accordance with the AusGOAL Framework. You should familiarise yourself with the license conditions before downloading.

Suburbs and rural localities list

The suburbs list 655.7 KB is an updated list of South Australia's official suburbs and rural localities. If the name is not on this list then it's not official and shouldn't be used - eg Blackwood Park is officially Craigburn Farm so Blackwood Park should not be used. Blackwood Park is an estate name only and not an official address.

Contact the Geographical Names Unit (GNU) if you:

  • need more information about Place Names
  • have information to add to the State Gazetteer
  • have suggestions for improvements

Related information


Feature classification codes 71.5 KB
Feature codes 89.3 KB 
Gazetteer database fields 227.9 KB  
Origin codes 226.2 KB

For an alternative version of a document on this page contact the Geographical Names Unit (GNU).

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Page last updated: 16 March 2016