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South Australia
Bordertown street.jpg
Main street in Bordertown
Bordertown is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Population 2,953 (2016 census)
Established 1852 (town)
16 March 2000 (locality)
Postcode(s) 5268
Elevation 82 m (269 ft)
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACST (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s) Tatiara District Council
Region Limestone Coast
County Buckingham
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
22.3 °C
72 °F
9.1 °C
48 °F
460.7 mm
18.1 in
Localities around Bordertown:
Cannawigara Senior Senior
Bordertown Pine Hill
Mundulla Bordertown South
Footnotes Locations
Adjoining localities

Bordertown, formerly Border Town, is a town and locality in the Australian state of South Australia located in the state's east near the state border with Victoria about 250 kilometres (160 mi) east of the state capital of Adelaide. It is where the Dukes Highway and the railway line cross the Tatiara Creek between Adelaide and Melbourne, the capital of Victoria.

Bordertown is the commercial and administrative centre of the Tatiara District Council. Tatiara is the local Aboriginal word for "Good Country".


Bordertown is home to the historic Clayton Farm Heritage Museum. It is also famous for its white Kangaroos which have been bred for zoos and animal shelters around Australia. The lightning clock on the main street marks the site of the first electricity source.

Heritage listings

Bordertown has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Bordertown is on the Dukes Highway and the Melbourne–Adelaide railway, the main routes by road and rail between Adelaide and Melbourne. There are several bus services daily towards each of Adelaide, Melbourne, and Mount Gambier. The Overland train stops twice a week each way. Most rail traffic is freight passing through, although the local grain silos are also served by rail. In 2012, the crossing loop at Bordertown railway station was lengthened to 1,500 metres (4,900 ft).


The district's economy is based primarily on agriculture, with cereal crops and livestock farming. The largest single employer is the JBS meatworks abattoir which processes up to 8000 animals per day and employs around 470 people. Almost two-thirds of the employees are migrants to Australia, including refugees and skilled migrants on 457 visas, from a total of at least 23 different home culture groups.

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