Bordertown (aptly named)
is the main border town on the Adelaide to Melbourne route. Bordertown
is now a by-pass town/petrol stop location. In a by-gone era was
‘let’s stopover’ location.
is the local Aboriginal word for "Good Country" and is the name given
to the district. Bordertown was established in 1852 when a direct
route across the 90-mile desert was being planned for gold escorts
from the Victorian goldfields to Adelaide. Police Inspector Alexander
Tolmer was instructed to create a town as close as practical to the
Bordertown is the birthplace of former Prime Minister,
Bob Hawke, but there is no mention of this in the town.
Bordertown is home to the historic Clayton Farm
Heritage Museum (not visited. It is also famous for its white
kangaroos (not sighted) which have been bred for zoos and animal
shelters around Australia.
Bordertown itself is a bit of a mishmash of a town.
I.e. most items and places of interest are sparsely located.
The War Memorial for example is located at the side of
the RS, some streets awayL. A worthy acknowledgement though it is.The
is also the Soldiers Park opposite the pub.
All denominations are represented and most are located
one street removed from the main street.
The Catholic Church is on the western fringe of the town.
The Clayton Farm Museum is not signed, that could be
There are two hotels in Bordertown. One being the
classic century old pub, that in a bygone era served the travelling
Although there is not a lot to see, if the timing is
right a coffee or refreshment would be in order.