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Ceduna SA


Postcode: 5690

Ceduna is a small town in the West Coast region of South Australia. It is situated in the northwest corner of Eyre Peninsula, west of the junction of the Flinders and Eyre Highways around 786 km northwest of the capital Adelaide. With a population of 2,300, the town is last the major settlement before crossing the Nullarbor Plain from east to west.

Ceduna is in the District Council of Ceduna, the federal Division of Grey, and the state electoral district of Flinders. It is set on Murat Bay and the sandy coves, sheltered bays and offshore islands of the bay make it a popular base for a beach holiday. The name is a corruption of the local Aboriginal word Chedoona and is said to mean a place to sit down and rest.

There was a whaling station on St. Peter’s Island during the 1850s. On 4 December 2002, Ceduna received international attention when the path of totality of a solar eclipse passed directly over the town. Though the day had at times been partly cloudy, the sky where the Sun and Moon were located was clear at the time of the total solar eclipse (in the southwest), late in the afternoon. Temperatures were cool that day.

The two schools in Ceduna are Crossways Lutheran School and Ceduna Area School (CAS). Crossways has around 200 students from Reception to Year 10, of which approximately 70% are Indigenous. CAS has approximately 600 students, from Reception to Year 12, with approximately 25% of Indigenous students.

Ceduna has a number of Indigenous homelands situated within 20-30 minutes of the town. These are groupings of Indigenous families who have chosen to live together.