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Old Tailem Town Pioneer Village

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by Sara K (subscribe)
Adelaide local who loves her city
Published July 5th 2011
Established in 1982, this authentic Pioneer Village is a fascinating reproduction of life as a pioneer in Australia. It's a great place to visit and provides an insight into what life would have been like in the early days of settlement.

The village is located at just out of Tailem Bend, approximately 90 kilometres drive from the city on the South Eastern freeway. There are over 110 reproduction buildings depicting the daily lives of pioneer settlers in Australia.

Imagine what life was like without electricity, mobile telephones,
refrigeration or playstations? Most of us couldn't imagine it, and that is even more reason to visit the village as it gives you a whole new appreciation for progress and technology.

Old Tailem Town Pioneer Village also makes a great school excursion destination and there are special packages for school groups. There's even an old schoolhouse that will certainly make the children of today's modern world appreciate how lucky they really are.

The village is open daily from 10am until 5pm, except Christmas day. For entry fees and group booking enquiries call 08 85723838.
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Why? Experience pioneer life
When: Daily
Where: Old Tailem Town Pioneer Village
Cost: Enquire within
What are the buildings like? Are they just buildings, or do they have scenes set up inside? I always like those pioneer towns that you are able to explore, and see all of the goings on in all the buildings. Although the fake people that they have inside them always give me the creeps.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Thursday, 7th of July @ 02:51 pm
Most of the buildings are over 100 yrs old and have been transported from many other locations around the state. All of the buildings are filled with period furniture and they have real people dressed in period clothing going about their business. There are little shops, a bank complete with original flying fox (used to send money to the other end of the counter), and there is even an old theatre with original film projector. It's like stepping back in time and well worth the visit.
By Sara K - senior reviewer
Sunday, 10th of July @ 02:32 am
That sounds great! It is always a plus when there are real people in costume. It really adds to the atmosphere. I'll definitely have to check it out sometime. I go past Tailem Bend quite regularly, but I never knew there was such a gem there!
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Sunday, 10th of July @ 01:17 pm
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