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Where is SA's Top Town Entry Sign?

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Published August 31st 2015
Competition for the tourist dollars amongst regional towns has seen the emergence of entry signs (or entry statements), which are typically large displays or structures that names the area or is associated with the area. A great example of such an entry sign is the structure on the outskirts of Kapunda which clearly announces the mining heritage of the town to potential visitors and tourists, or perhaps the sign on the outskirts of Peterborough which reflects on its railway past.

Greatest entry statement, Kapunda, Port Wakefield, Orroroo, Eudunda, Colin Thiele, Peterborough, Mawson Lakes, Prospect
Kapunda - Steve Hudson

Greatest entry statement, Kapunda, Port Wakefield, Orroroo, Eudunda, Colin Thiele, Peterborough, Mawson Lakes, Prospect
Peterborough - Steve Hudson


Since the transition of tourists towards overseas travels, regional towns have started to become innovative with their structures in order to create talking points with a number of entry signs appearing over the last decade. One of the leaders in this area is Orroroo, whose entry sign features steel kangaroos, and is part of a series of steel sculptures within the main street. Port Wakefield is yet another with a fine structure of some sailing ketches.

Greatest entry statement, Kapunda, Port Wakefield, Orroroo, Eudunda, Colin Thiele, Peterborough, Mawson Lakes, Prospect
Orroroo - Steve Hudson

Greatest entry statement, Kapunda, Port Wakefield, Orroroo, Eudunda, Colin Thiele, Peterborough, Mawson Lakes, Prospect
Port Wakefield - Steve Hudson


Meanwhile some entry signs provide recognition to some of the great people who are associated with the area such as at Eudunda where the giant structure of Colin Thiele stands tall.

Greatest entry statement, Kapunda, Port Wakefield, Orroroo, Eudunda, Colin Thiele, Peterborough, Mawson Lakes, Prospect
Eudunda - Steve Hudson


However entry signs are not just limited to regional towns as they are often included at the entrances to major subdivisions with the suburbs of Adelaide, with Mawson Lakes being a prominent example of this.

Greatest entry statement, Kapunda, Port Wakefield, Orroroo, Eudunda, Colin Thiele, Peterborough, Mawson Lakes, Prospect
Mawson Lakes - Steve Hudson


And in a break from tradition, the City of Prospect have recently completed their entry sign, which encompasses eight huge letters, all partially buried at the start of Prospect Road.

Greatest entry statement, Kapunda, Port Wakefield, Orroroo, Eudunda, Colin Thiele, Peterborough, Mawson Lakes, Prospect
Prospect - Steve Hudson


But which entry sign is SA's greatest ? Personally, I like the one at Orroroo, but what do you think ? Have you seen any better ones in SA ?
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Very creative Steve!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11258) 1511 days ago
The kangaroo structures are excellent.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 1511 days ago
It is good to see the communities of the local towns encouraging these signs. It would be good if the State Government could do something similar on the major roads from interstate in to SA.
by Stefano (score: 2|215) 1510 days ago
You have captured some great town signs. Interesting article, thanks Steve.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4069) 1510 days ago
I like the idea.Of those shown I slightly prefer the Pt.Wakefiled one over the one at Orroroo.Those shown are tastefully done...unlike some I have seen around Aust. over the years.They certainly add a bit of character to the towns!I believe Wudinna has a very good "sculpture" now,made of local stone.This far away town is a nice base for tourists;particularly with a 4wd.
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 1507 days ago
I like the entry sign at Bordertown. The word is split into two over 2 stone wall parts sitting close together showing the division between SA and VIC. I think it is clever. Perhaps the designer follows the footy? lol
by Kat May (score: 3|1386) 1270 days ago
I like the one LEAVING Tarlee; 'That was Tarlee'
by lloyd (score: 0|7) 1337 days ago

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