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Byethorne Park Nairne

    One of South Australia’s earliest settlements, founded by Matthew Smillie, who named the town after the maiden name of his wife Elizabeth Corse Nairne. Established in 1839, only three years younger than the state of South Australia, Nairne still retains its colonial village feel. It's the second largest township in the Mount Barker Council area and boasts a range of hotels, cafes and soon to be completed supermarket. The town also features important civic spaces such as Byethorne Park, Nairne Village Green and the Recreation Ground. Significant public and private investment in the town is seeing it become a more attractive place to live and work.

    places of interest

    Albert Mill Formerly flour mill, now housing antiques and restaurant.

    District Hotel Historic building offering country hospitality, open fires and great pub meals.

    Millers Arms Hotel Historic building currently undergoing restoration.

    A range of cafes, vintage clothing and homewares stores also exist in the town.

    recreation areas

    Byethorne Park
    This park includes playground, shelters, BBQs and paths.
    Woodside Road, Nairne

    • Lake
    • Open lawn / grassed area
    • New playground
    • Shelter, seating and BBQs
    • Public toilets
    • Walking trails

    Nairne Village Green incorporates Matthew Smillie Reserve and Mick Murphy Park
    There are plans for the upgrade of this space. To view the future plans for this land, click here.  
    86 Old Princes Highway, Nairne

    • Open lawn / grassed area
    • RSL Memorial
    • Historic information and murals
    • Tennis courts
    • Public toilets

    Proposed additions include:

    • New playground
    • Skate environment
    • Multi-use play courts
    • Shelter, seating and BBQs
    • New public toilets
    • Onsite parking

    Nairne Recreation Grounds
    Sydney Road, Nairne

    • Oval
    • Tennis courts
    • Netball courts

    more information

    For more information about Nairne, visit

    To find out how to connect with and get involved in this community, including sporting and community groups, visit SAcommunity, South Australia's community information directory.

    Council has endorsed a Township Plan for Nairne on 11 February 2013 (minutesagenda). The plan was developed in association with the community to provide a long term vision for the town, identifying key objectives and priorities across a number of themes to ensure that the town continues to develop as a highly liveable place. This project is part of a Council initiative which will see Townships Plans developed for all major settlements throughout the District by 2020.

    Nairne Township Plan

    Nairne Main Street Master Plan

    An action born out of the Nairne Township Plan, the ReNew Nairne Main Street Master Plan was endorsed by Council on 19 October 2015 (agenda / minutes). The Plan sets a vision for the future design and upgrade of the Nairne Main Street and has been developed following significant community feedback resulting in priority actions and design principles being established for the street.

    Nairne Main Street Master Plan

    In 2018 Council completed stage 1 of this upgrade on the northern side of the street with future stages proposed in the coming years.

    For further information, please contact Kristian Wohlstadt, Senior Strategic Planner via email on or phone on (08) 8391 7219.

    Nairne Village Green

    In 2019 Council worked with the Nairne Community to produce a concept plan for the upgrade of Mick Murphy Park and Market Square (Nairne Village Green) at the intersection of Jeffery Street and Princes Highway in the town centre.

    The concept plan aims to improve the use and function of the space for all user groups, providing a range of versatile spaces which include a quieter open grassed civic spaces, an activity zone featuring a play space with a range of interesting and accessible play equipment and play courts which cater for a range of ball sports and related activities. The plan also aims to improve pedestrian movement through the spaces and seeks to resolve existing localised parking issues.

    The concept plan was endorsed by Council in October 2019 (agenda / minutes) and a detailed engineering design is due for completion in late 2020. Council has allocated funding to complete Stage 1 of 3 proposed stages during the 2020/21 financial year. It is anticipated that this first stage of works will see the completion of a ‘Village Green’ space which features an opened grassed area, relocated RSL Memorial, off street parking and landscaping.

    To view the endorsed concept design plan, please click on the document below:

    Nairne Village Green Concept Plan

    For more information on this project, please contact Kristian Wohlstadt, Senior Strategic Planner via phone 8391 7219 or