Yacka is a small town in the shallow valley of the Broughton River in the Mid North of South Australia. It lies where the Horrocks Highway (Main North Road) crosses the Broughton River midway between Clare and Gladstone. It was also a station on the Gladstone-Balaklava railway, built as narrow gauge in 1894, converted to broad gauge in 1927 and closed by 1993.

At the 2006 census, Yacka had a population of 208.[1]

The town name is a shortened form of 'Yackamoorundie' an indigenous place name for the area which was used to name . The creek, which rises north of Caltowie, makes a significant bend from flowing southwards to flowing westwards near Gulnare about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi), as the crow flies, north-west of Yacka.[2]

There is a war memorial beside the old State Bank of South Australia building.[citation needed]

Yacka has a nine-hole 5,537-metre (18,166 ft) golf course.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Yacka (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Placename Details: Yacka". Property Location Browser. Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Government of South Australia. 31 March 2010. SA0058752. Retrieved 3 September 2015. Derivation of Name: Abbreviation of Yackamoorundie; Other Details: Town surveyed in 1870, no proclamation. Native name Yaka. Derivation probably from Yackamoorundie Creek. Boundaries created in April 2001 for long established name. Incorporates the Government Town of Yacka.