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Bordertown - Cities, Towns and Localities
Bordertown is part of the Tatiara region that includes Keith, Mundulla, Padthaway and Wolseley, as well as a number of smaller communities such as Willalooka and Western Flat. Steeped in history, Bordertown is an ideal place to commence your holiday through the Limestone Coast region.

Located on the Dukes Highway between Adelaide (280 km) and Melbourne (450 km), the township is surrounded by fertile farmland of cereal crops, pasture seeds, vegetables and vineyards. With a unique attraction of a colony of white kangaroos, Bordertown is also the southern gateway to the desert parks of Ngarkat and Big Desert, a must see during the spring wildflower season, and a perfect stop-off point for travelling between the Riverland the Limestone Coast.

Source: Limestone Coast Tourism

Check out our listed range of Bordertown accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Tatiara Good CountryBordertown Visitor Information Centre
81 North Terrace
Tolmer Park
BORDERTOWN SA 5268
Ph: 08 8752 0700
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Bordertown Attractions

Bordertown Wildlife Park
The first white Western Grey Kangaroo, a buck, was introduced to the Wildlife Park in 1980 from ‘Warrokoo’, a property on the New South Wales border, adjoining Chowilla. The first white joey was born in 1984, followed by a second two years later.

In 1968 this land was selected by the Bordertown Chamber of Commerce to be developed as a Wildlife Park and stop-over point. The 4.5 hectares is now administered by a small band of volunteers and is being preserved as near as possible to its natural vegetation and habitat.

The kangaroos tend to live on the higher, drier ground at the eastern end of the park in winter and the cool shady areas in summer. The dominance of the white gene has been clearly evident and by August 2000, 43 white kangaroos had been bred in the park. These ‘white roos’ are a dominant genetic strain of the Western Grey and ‘are not albino’, as thought by many first time visitors. With the success of the ongoing breeding program, a number have been sent to other parks and reserves around Australia.

The park is also home to some red kangaroo, red necked wallabies, dama wallabies, emus, stone curlews, black swans, teal, chestnut teal, wood ducks, black ducks and mountain ducks.

Visitors are able to drive or walk around the outside of the 4.5 hectare park, as all the inhabitants can be viewed through the fence, however there is currently no access into the park itself.

Did you known the Western Grey Kangaroo is also known as Macropus Fuliginosus. Check out our images of the ‘white kangaroos’ at Bordertown.


Bob Hawke
The birthplace of Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia. A bronze bust of Bob Hawke stands in front of the Tatiara District Office in Woolshed Street. There is a Bob Hawke Gallery in the Council lobby, and arrangements can be made to visit his childhood home during normal office hours.
Clayton Farm Heritage Museum
• Ph/Fax: 08 8752 2548 • Email
This historic property, just 3 km from the town centre, is the home of the Bordertown and District Agricultural Museum. The property is restored and refurbished with buildings classified by the National Trust. There are vintage farm machinery and the original old Woolshed with thatched straw roof.
Historic Churches
There are a number of historic churches including Pioneer Chapel (1879), Catholic (1884), Methodist (1886), and Anglican (1883).
Poocher Swamp
A wetlands reserve set amongst magnificent centuries old red gums. Great for picnicking and yabbying. During the winter months, when the swamp is flooded, you may see water swirling down a large runaway hole into vast underground tunnels.
Tolmer Park
Named after Inspector Tolmer’s Gold Escort, you can learn the history of the area at Tolmer Park’s Interpretive Boardwalk.

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