Mount Compass is a town and locality in the Australian state of South Australia located in the Mount Lofty Ranges, on the A13 south of Adelaide, and north of Victor Harbor. It is a small community, traditionally supported by farming. Both market gardens and dairy have proved lucrative in the area.[9] At the 2016 census, Mount Compass shared a population of 1,457 with adjoining localities.

Boundaries were created for the portion within the District Council of Yankalilla during August 1999 and for the portion in the Alexandrina Council on 31 August 2000.[3][10] The name is derived from Mount Compass, a nearby mountain, whose name was given in respect to the loss of compass at that place by George Gawler, the second Governor of South Australia in about 1840.[1][11]

There is also a local area school that covers from years R-12 with the focus farm project that is run on the adjacent farm to the school.[citation needed]

The record holder for most games played for the Flinders Crabs who lived in a town adjacent to Willunga is Bharat Roocke, incidentally, named after a second string Indian wicket keeper.

The following two protected areas are located within the southern part of the locality – the Stipiturus Conservation Park and the Hesperilla Conservation Park.[1]

Mount Compass is located within the federal division of Mayo, the state electoral district of Finniss and the local government areas of the Alexandrina Council and the District Council of Yankalilla.[7][1][6]

Compass Cup

Since 1973, Mount Compass has hosted the country's only Cow Race, the Compass Cup.[12] Originally conceived by the late Marcy Stewart as a way to bring together the surrounding communities, it has become a regional institution that attracts thousands of visits to the town over the weekend.

Mount Compass Golf Course

The Mount Compass Golf Course (formerly known as Fleurieu Golf Course) was constructed in the late 1990s by the late Alan Bennetts. The 18 hole, Par 72 course is approximately 6,100 metres long.

The course was designed by Brian and Neil Crafter (Golf Strategies), and is links style, laid across gently undulating land, with 89 bunkers and some water features including the feature Par 3 12th hole.

The course includes a generous practise driving range, putting green and facilities including a bar and restaurant with panoramic vistas across the course and surrounding foothills.

The course was acquired by Capitoline Property Pty Ltd in 2016 and has since been upgraded, resulting in its inclusion in the Australian Golf Digest top 100 courses in Australia.[13][14]

Panoramic view of Mount Compass GC from the 18th green, 7 March 2007


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  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mount Compass (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 June 2021. Edit this at Wikidata
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  4. ^ a b "Postcode for Mount Compass, South Australia)". Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Fleurieu Kangaroo Island SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  6. ^ a b Mawson (Map). Electoral Commission SA. 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Profile of the electoral division of Mayo (SA)". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics MYPONGA (nearest station)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  9. ^ Visit Alexandrina – Mount Compass – Tourist Information, Alexandrina Council, Accessed 25 September 2007
  10. ^ "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1991, Notice to Assign Boundaries and Names to Places {within the Alexandrina Council)" (PDF), The South Australian Government Gazette: 948, 31 August 2000, retrieved 16 December 2018
  11. ^ "Search result for "Mount Compass (Mountain)" (Record no. SA0008659) with the following layers selected – "Suburbs and Localities"". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  12. ^ Compass Cup
  13. ^ "Course Review: Mount Compass Golf Course, SA". Australian Golf Digest. 1 May 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Ranking: Best South Australian & Northern Territory courses". Golf Australia. Retrieved 20 March 2021.