Population 2584

In spite of its name, Bordertown is actually 18 kilometres from the South Australia–Victoria border in the fertile country of the Tatiara District. Thought to be the Aboriginal word for 'good country', Tatiara's name is justified by the region's productive wool and grain industries. For a different native-animal experience, look out for Bordertown's famous white kangaroos, Australia's only known colony. Former Australian prime minister Robert (Bob) J. L. Hawke was born here.

Visitor Information

81 North Tce; (08) 8752 0700 or 1800 520 700

Nearby national parks

  • Wyperfeld National Park

    In the state’s arid north-west, Wyperfeld is a vast park of open plains and spreading mallee eucalypts. The usually bone-dry bed of...more

  • Coorong National Park

    Coorong National Park is a long, narrow ribbon of saline wetlands, saltpans, coastal dunes and wild ocean beaches stretching for 150...more

  • Mount Eccles National Park

    Mount Eccles National Park is Victoria’s first co-managed national park, being managed by the traditional owners,...more

Nearby towns

  • Keith

    Keith is a farming town in the area formerly known as the Ninety Mile Desert. Settlers found the original land unpromising, but the area has...more

  • Naracoorte

    Naracoorte dates from the 1840s, but its growth has been slow. In the 1850s it was a stopover for Victorian gold escorts and miners. Since...more

  • Nhill

    The name of this town is derived from the Aboriginal word 'nyell', meaning 'white mist on water'. Nhill is exactly halfway between Melbourne...more

In Town

Robert J. L. Hawke's childhood home: includes memorabilia. Visit by appt only, contact visitor centre for details; Farquhar St.

Bordertown Wildlife Park: native birds and animals, including pure-white kangaroos; Dukes Hwy.

Hawke Gallery: in foyer of council chambers; Woolshed St.

Bordertown Recreation Lake: popular spot for fishing, canoeing and walking, with artwork on display; northern outskirts of town.


Padthaway wine region It is a wonder that this quality region is not more prominent. Read more

Clayton Farm: incorporates the Bordertown and District Agricultural Museum and features vintage farm machinery and a National Trust–classified thatched-roof building and woolshed; 3 km S.

Mundulla: a historic township featuring the heritage-listed Mundulla Hotel; 10 km SW.

Bangham Conservation Park: a significant habitat for the red-tailed black cockatoo; 30 km SE.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Little Desert National Park 76 km

This park contains one-fifth of all flowering plant species in Victoria. The elusive mallee fowl and rare scrub robin live amid the 600 kilometres of tracks that go out to remote sections of the park near the South... Find out more

Campsites around town

Jimmies Waterhole camping area 7 km

There is self-sufficient camping off the beaten track in the small settlement of Mundulla, just minutes from the busy Dukes Hwy. This site is beside Mundulla Swamp with access off Rowney Rd, 10 km west of Bordertown.... Find out more

Poocher Swamp camping area 8 km

On Cannawigara Rd, 9 km west of Bordertown, large river red gums and abundant birdlife feature. There are no facilities, so come prepared to be self-sufficient.... Find out more

Padthaway camping area (bush camping) 38 km

Bush camping with no facilities and limited access is reached from the Padthaway–Bordertown Rd, 4 km north-east of Padthaway. Access is by 4WD or on foot. Drinking water, accommodation and campsites are available... Find out more

Rabbit Island Soak camping area 58 km

Good for smaller groups, and accessible with 4WD only, this site is also popular with birdwatchers. It's on the Mt Rescue Loop, 30 km north of Keith.... Find out more

Bucks Camp Soakage camping area 60 km

This is a good overnight option for those on the Dukes Hwy. Access is signposted off the hwy, 16 km north-west of Keith; drive for a further 9 km to this birdwatchers’ site.... Find out more

Comet Bore camping area 60 km

A birdwatchers’ favourite, this site is also great for large groups. It is 60 km south of Pinnaroo, on the Bordertown–Pinnaroo Rd.... Find out more

Gum Lagoon camping area (bush camping) 61 km

Self-sufficient bush camping is signposted off Keith–Cantara Rd, 44 km south-west of Keith. Access to the camping area requires a 4WD.... Find out more

Fairview camping area (bush camping) 66 km

Remote wilderness camping for self-sufficient bushwalkers is situated 45 km north-west of Naracoorte, signposted from Wolumbool Rd. The Parks SA office at Naracoorte can provide further details and a permit.... Find out more

Lake Charlegrark Holiday Cottages and Caravan Park 67 km

Among the activities hosted at Lake Charlegrark are fishing, swimming and boating. Campsite availability is generally not an issue here, a major exception being in late Feb when a popular, long-running country music... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Bordertown Caravan Park

This is a very tidy park with good facilities, right in the heart of town. It is budget priced and easily accessible from the Western Highway.... Find out more

Kaniva Caravan Park 43 km

This is a budget-priced, council-owned caravan park with no full-time attendee. Take a site and the caretaker will call by. The park, with basic facilities and nice grassy sites, is situated next door to the town pool.... Find out more

Nhill Caravan Park 78 km

This is a convenient park on the Western Highway, on the western outskirts of Nhill. It has good basic amenities and is conveniently located midway between Melbourne and Adelaide.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Dunalan Cottage

Part of a 2000-hectare sheep property hugging the border with Victoria, this rambling home serves equally well as a nifty stopover for highway travellers or fully fledged farmstay retreat. With six bedrooms, two... Find out more

Curlew Park

Welcoming hosted accommodation is provided in this impressive new rural residence 10 kilometres south of Bordertown. Far from being a dowdy old farmhouse, this is a spacious, modern venture into country living with warm... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Little Desert Nature Lodge, Nhill 82 km

Set on 117 hectares of bushland beside Little Desert National Park, the lodge has 24 rooms with ensuite bathrooms, or 16 bunkrooms with shared facilities. By staying here, you are helping support projects such as the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Bordertown park area

At Bordertown

Off the highway on the main road through town at Tolmer Park.

South Australian Border rest area 18 km

18km E of Bordertown (R) or 25km W of Kaniva (L)

Just off the highway among trees at the state border.

Willalooka park area 39 km

At Willalooka

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the roadhouse.

Winavon rest area 40 km

48km S of Keith (R) or 60km N of Naracoorte (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Padthaway park area 41 km

At Padthaway

Located on the south side of town via the service road.

Keith park area 44 km

At Keith

On the north side of town on the service road.

Morambro Creek rest area 51 km

83km S of Keith (L) or 25km N of Naracoorte (R)

Under shady trees at the junction with Bordertown Rd.

Black Cockatoo Bush camping area 62 km

T/O at Naracoorte

Large campground in a natural bush setting 14km (partly unsealed) north-east of Naracoorte via Cadgee and Chapples rds. Some powered sites and other accommodation available.

Camerons Reserve rest area 67 km

26km E of Kaniva (R) or 14km W of Nhill (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Tintinara park area 80 km

At Tintinara

Adjacent to the highway. At the south end of town.

Coorong rest area 87 km

120km S of Meningie (R) or 24km N of Kingston (L)

Just off the highway among shady trees.

Struan rest area 88 km

18km S of Naracoorte (L) or 33km N of Penola (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Bool Lagoon camping area 89 km

T/O 18km S of Naracoorte (R) or 33km N of Penola (L)

At the lagoon 7km west of the highway.

Kiata camping area 93 km

T/O at Kiata

Large open area 12km (partly unsealed) south of the highway in a pleasant bush setting in Little Desert National Park.

Culburra rest area 93 km

13km NW of Tintinara (L)

Secluded among trees well off the highway. For northbound only.

Murrabinna rest area 93 km

11km E of Kingston (L) or 94km N of Millicent (R)

Just off the highway among trees.

Native Waterhole rest area 94 km

16km E of Nhill (R) or 22km W of Dimboola (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Forty-Two-Mile Crossing camping area 95 km

T/O 78km S of Meningie (R) or 66km N of Kingston (L)

At a clearing behind dunes 3km (unsealed) west of the highway in Coorong National Park.

Father Woods rest area 99 km

31km S of Naracoorte (L) or 20km N of Penola (R)

Just off the road near several unique wood carvings.

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