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
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maps and other information.
• 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
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.
• 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.
• Ph/Fax: 08 8752 2548 •
• 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.
• There are a number of historic
churches including Pioneer Chapel (1879), Catholic (1884),
Methodist (1886), and Anglican (1883).
• 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.
• Named after Inspector Tolmer’s Gold Escort, you
can learn the history of the area at Tolmer Park’s