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Padthaway
South Australia
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Main street of Padthaway
Padthaway is located in South Australia
Padthaway
Padthaway
Location in South Australia
Population 418 (2016 census)
Established 10 April 1952 (town)
16 March 2000 (locality)
Postcode(s) 5271
Elevation 37 m (121 ft)
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACDT (UTC+10:30)
Location
  • 253 km (157 mi) SE of Adelaide
  • 41 km (25 mi) SW of Bordertown
LGA(s) Tatiara District Council
Region Limestone Coast
County MacDonnell
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 Locations
Adjoining localities

Padthaway is a small town in the Australian state of South Australia located in the state's south-east within the Limestone Coast region about 253 kilometres (157 miles) south east of the state capital of Adelaide and about 41 kilometres (25 miles) south-east of the municipal seat of Bordertown. 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.

The 2016 Australian census which was conducted in August 2016 reports that Padthaway had a population of 418 people.

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.

Sports

Records for lawn bowls being played in Padthaway go back to 1963. Lawn bowls is played in Padthaway on Saturday during the summer time. Padthaway bowling club plays in the Upper South East association.

The last A grade cricket premiership Padthaway won was in 1993. Padthaway has had a B grade side most years since. Padthaway came fifth in the competition in 2010–2011. In 2011 there was only one competition, an A grade side.

Netball has been played in Padthaway since the mid-late 1960s. In 2011 the Padthaway Netball Club, also called the Lions, has more than seven different teams for netball.

The Padthaway Football Club which commenced in 1967 is known as the Lions and is the main club of the town, competing in the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League. The football club won an A grade premiership grand final in 1993 against Bordertown.

The Padthaway Tennis Club dates back to 1962 and 1972 when the club laid new concrete courts. The Padthaway Tennis club won many premierships between the mid-1970s and into the late 1980s. Tennis is currently played as a social competition on Wednesday nights for a six-eight-week season in the summer before Christmas.

The Padthaway golf course is carved out of scrubland. This tight course is a challenge even for the most professional of golfers. The Padthaway golf club was opened in 1988 and has 9 holes with scrapes.

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