Pooraka (postcode 5095) is a suburb in Adelaide, South Australia. It is 12 kilometres north of the central business district.
Pooraka was originally a subdivision of section 97 of the Hundred of Yatala, the latter spanning from Grand Junction Road, at Gepps Cross, to a point north of Montague Road. It was originally known as Dry Creek after the local watercourse (Dry Creek), which is now the name of a modern industrial locality west of Pooraka, at the creek’s mouth (Dry Creek, South Australia). In 1916, the District Council of Yatala renamed the suburb Pooraka,
which was believed to be an indigenous Kaurna word meaning ‘dry’, however, according to modern expert Robert Amery, the name bears no resemblance to the Kaurna words for ‘dry’ or ‘creek’. The term has been identified as a New South Welsh indigenous name for the turpentine tree, which is not found in South Australia.