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.

 Tatiara 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 border

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 noted.

There are two hotels in Bordertown. One being the classic century old pub, that in a bygone era served the travelling public.

Although there is not a lot to see, if the timing is right a coffee or refreshment would be in order.

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course