Pipalyatjara, South Australia

Aboriginal community in South Australia

Pipalyatjara is an Aboriginal community on the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in South Australia. It is about 550 kilometres (340 mi) south-west of Alice Springs and about 30 km (19 mi) from the place where the borders of South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory meet (known as the Surveyor-General's Corner). The settlement is surrounded by the Tomkinson Ranges. It was previously known as Mount Davies by most Australians, after the highest local peak. The settlement of Kalka is about 15 km (9.3 mi) away by road.

South Australia
Pipalyatjara is located in South Australia
Coordinates26°9′46″S 129°10′12″E / 26.16278°S 129.17000°E / -26.16278; 129.17000Coordinates: 26°9′46″S 129°10′12″E / 26.16278°S 129.17000°E / -26.16278; 129.17000
Population123 (2006 census)[1]
Elevation652 m (2,139 ft)
Location550 km (342 mi) southwest of Alice Springs
LGA(s)Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
State electorate(s)Giles
Federal Division(s)Grey
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
37.1 °C
99 °F
5.0 °C
41 °F
222.6 mm
8.8 in

There were 123 people living at Pipalyatjara in the 2006 census.[1] The residents are mainly indigenous people who speak Pitjantjatjara as their first language.

There is a small airstrip at Pipalyatjara. Mail is delivered once per week by air. There is also a small health facility staffed by nurses; a doctor visits from Kaltjiti. Electricity comes from a diesel generator. Water comes from two bores and placed in storage tanks for pumping to the community. There is a school in Pipalyatjara, which also serves nearby Kalka.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Pipalyatjara (Indigenous Location)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 October 2011.

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