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Padthaway
South Australia
Padthaway SA.jpg
Main street of Padthaway.
Population 336 (2006 census)
Established 1952
Postcode(s) 5271
Elevation 40 m (131 ft)
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACDT (UTC+10:30)
Location
LGA(s) Tatiara District Council
Region Limestone Coast
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21.4 °C
71 °F
8.5 °C
47 °F
474.2 mm
18.7 in
Localities around Padthaway:
Marcollat Swede Flat
Mundulla West
Western Flat
Marcollat Padthaway Western Flat
The Gap
Woolumbool Keppoch The Gap
Footnotes Adjoining localities

Padthaway is a small town on the Riddoch Highway in the Limestone Coast region of south-eastern South Australia, halfway from Keith to Naracoorte. The name is derived from the Potawurutj, the Aboriginal name for Good Water. Padthaway is in the Tatiara District Council, the state electorate of MacKillop and the federal [[Division of Barker].

Padthaway heart of straya mate

History

Padthaway was the name of the original pastoral station which was established near here in 1847 by a successful Scottish businessman, Robert Lawson. In 1882 the Padthaway Estate Homestead was built by Eliza and Robert Lawson. The historic Padthaway Estate complex is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.

In 1952 Padthaway became the centre of a soldier settlement scheme. The first vineyards were planted here in 1964 and quickly transformed marginal grazing land into a top wine-producing region. White wines, especially, from the region are regular winners of major awards. These wines may be purchased at the local cellar door sales and at wine retailers around Australia. Agriculture is also strong in Padthaway with onion, olives and seeds being grown along with sheep and cattle which are reared for sale.

Padthaway has a cluster of businesses located in the heart of town including a deli, general store, two rural service centres, an auto and engineering centre, a caravan park, and a park with a playground in the main street, Memorial Drive.

Other public amenities include netball and tennis courts, football oval, town hall, sports complex, medical clinic, playground, skate park and rotunda. The toilets are right near the playground. In 2010 was a new medical clinic was built.

The 984 hectares Padthaway Conservation Park that is situated on a former coastal dune is close to Padthaway. The park has stands of yellow gum, ribbon gum, brown stringybark, manna gums, many acacias and banksias. It is also home to a variety of animals including koalas, birds, rabbits, kangaroos and lots of small insects and bugs. Sometimes a rare orchid called the fire orchid may be viewed in flower.

Climate

Climate data for Padthaway
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 45.1
(113.2)
44.4
(111.9)
40.1
(104.2)
35.1
(95.2)
29.0
(84.2)
23.9
(75)
20.3
(68.5)
27.4
(81.3)
29.0
(84.2)
37.1
(98.8)
38.7
(101.7)
43.2
(109.8)
45.1
(113.2)
Average high °C (°F) 29.0
(84.2)
28.5
(83.3)
25.9
(78.6)
22.1
(71.8)
17.6
(63.7)
15.0
(59)
14.3
(57.7)
15.4
(59.7)
17.7
(63.9)
20.4
(68.7)
24.8
(76.6)
26.5
(79.7)
21.4
(70.5)
Average low °C (°F) 12.4
(54.3)
12.3
(54.1)
10.4
(50.7)
8.1
(46.6)
6.8
(44.2)
5.6
(42.1)
5.4
(41.7)
5.9
(42.6)
7.2
(45)
7.6
(45.7)
9.9
(49.8)
10.6
(51.1)
8.5
(47.3)
Record low °C (°F) 4.0
(39.2)
2.5
(36.5)
1.0
(33.8)
-1.6
(29.1)
-1.8
(28.8)
-3.2
(26.2)
-2.1
(28.2)
-2.0
(28.4)
-0.6
(30.9)
-0.5
(31.1)
0.6
(33.1)
2.9
(37.2)
-3.2
(26.2)
Rainfall mm (inches) 24.3
(0.957)
17.4
(0.685)
25.4
(1)
25.3
(0.996)
40.8
(1.606)
59.4
(2.339)
61.3
(2.413)
73.4
(2.89)
45.7
(1.799)
37.3
(1.469)
29.7
(1.169)
34.2
(1.346)
474.2
(18.669)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2mm) 4.5 4.4 7.1 8.2 14.5 17.2 19.0 19.6 16.6 12.2 7.7 8.2 139.2
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

The community

Apex is a community group which operates in Padthaway composed of men between the ages of 18 and 45 who work together to promote social justice and raise awareness of charity causes by fundraising in interesting and creative ways.

Padthaway has an active Women in Agricultural Business group. WAB is a statewide network with branches throughout SA. WAB is an organisation for women interested in rural, agricultural and business issues. WAB provides the opportunity for self-development and friendship.

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