Uraidla is a small town in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, Australia.
Once the home of the Peramangk Aboriginal
people, European settlement commenced in the mid nineteenth century, a primary school opened in 1871 and the town formally established in the 1880s.
The name Uraidla is derived from local Aboriginal origins. The neighbouring Kaurna
people (from the Adelaide
plains) had a tale about an ancestral giant who fell in battle and whose body formed part of the Mount Lofty Ranges
, with his ears forming Mount Lofty
and Mount Bonython
. The name Yurrēidla
may derive from the Kaurna
(ear) and the suffix
denotaing location, -illa
(Teichelmann & Schurmann 1840 ). This was later corrupted to Uraidla and adopted as the name of the town.
Uraidla and the surrounding area is a well-known agricultural district with apple
and cherry orchards
, along with vineyards
producing many local wine