Worth more than just a quick refreshment stop, Bordertown could be the place to park yourself for a couple days to immerse yourself in some of Australia’s most interesting political and agricultural history.
Bordertown is the first taste of the Limestone Coast region for those travelling along the Western Highway from Victoria.
Just a couple of kilometres in from the Border, this town epitomises South Australian country towns, with its undulating fields of broadacre crops in the foreground and wild mallee mixed in with large redgums in the distance.
Walkway Gallery & Bob Hawke Museum.
Love art? A visit to Bordertown’s Walkway Gallery is an absolute must.
Co- located in the Tatiara Civic Centre, the Gallery is one of the few regional galleries to attract both national and state touring exhibitions, artists come from near and far to exhibit here, with household names taking centre stage amongst local legends.
If you time your visit right, you’ll see local artists turning their hand in live creative workshops and classes.
Head upstairs to raise a glass to one of Australia’s most illustrious, lovable, larrikin leaders, Bob Hawke, who was born and raised in Bordertown. The ‘Bob Hawke Gallery’ unveils a treasure trove of memorabilia, from historic photographs and paintings to the legendary 1939 British Panther model 100 motorbike he famously crashed as a teenager.
Clayton Farm Heritage Museum.
History buffs will also love the faithfully restored Clayton Farm Heritage Museum. Just three kilometres from the town centre, the Museum has a recently restored and refurbished homestead and a comprehensive range of vintage farm machinery where you can experience farm life as it was more than a century ago.
Jumping on a guided tour is the best way to experience this place. Listen to an old Edison, sit in a lovingly restored period buggy and marvel at the thatched roof wool shed, among other interesting parts of family life from a bygone era – a great experience for young and old!
Bordertown Recreation Lake.
Bordertown's man made recreation lake is a winner with locals and visitors, with a stunning walking track dotted with public artwork.
Shady 100 year old redgums provide shelter for the perfect picnic spot, or as you bait up your line to catch yourself a redfin or perch, or if you’re quick enough, snavel a yabbie!
Another fun fact about Bordertown, is that it is home to Australia's only colony of white kangaroos, calling the Bordertown Wildlife Park home. Contrary to popular belief, these kangaroos are not actually albino, but are in fact a white strain of the Western Grey Kangaroo.
Cute as they are kooky, you can stroll the perimeter of the park to watch these gorgeous marsupials hanging out with their Western Grey counterparts in a natural environment at the Bordertown Wildlife Park.
Nature lovers will absolutely love the spectacular Poocher Swamp wetland, which is full of wildlife, birds and mature river red gums.
Uncover the mystery of the region’s runaway holes where water flows through a hidden, underground network of limestone cavities to provide Bordertown with fresh water.
Town of Mundulla.
Time in Bordertown is never complete without a trip out to the small but thriving farming village of Mundulla. As well as having the best farming land in the State, Mundulla is home to a passionate local community who are very keen to preserve their slice of Limestone Coast heaven.
Kids will love a love a run around the picturesque Mundulla Showground, which is home to a brilliant Adventure Playground.
While you’re there, you might as well pull the footy out the car and have a kick, and if you’re there on a Saturday in Winter you may even catch the local derby at the same venue, hot chips anyone?!
Country hospitality is extended to those who frequent the the Old Mundulla Hotel for a meal, or you can grab a bakery lunch at the Old Mundulla General Store and head back to the Showgrounds to enjoy a picnic.
If you’re swinging by in the summer months, you can get a great feed and share a few yarns with the locals at the Mundulla Bowling Club too.
No trip to Mundulla is complete without a fossick for treasures at Kookaburra Lane, stocking an eclectic mix of antique, vintage, retro and contemporary treasures.
Speak to a Bordertown Local.
We know visitors have the best time when they have all the information. So, if you still have a question left unanswered, then the team at Tatiara Visitor Centre would love to hear from you!
Tatiara Visitor Information Centre
Monday - Friday 8:30am-5pm
Saturday 9:30am - 11:30am
Closed Christmas Day