Situated on the Dukes Highway, Bordertown is more than just a convenient rest stop en route to Melbourne. It offers visitors the opportunity to engage themselves in some political history while enjoying typical country town vibes. Here are the top things to see and do next time you're in the vicinity.
Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke was born in Bordertown on 9 December 1929. As a tribute to the illustrious yet boisterous leader, Bob Hawke Gallery features a collection of memorabilia, photographs, paintings and more. One unusual display is Hawke's 1939 British Panther model 100 motorbike, but I'll let you discover the significance of this when you visit. The gallery can be found within Tatiara Civic Centre on Woolshed Street.
Bordertown Recreation Lake
Nature lovers will take great pleasure in exploring the walking trails around Bordertown Recreation Lake. Three public artworks are dotted along the track. You can also spend the day fishing or canoeing. And, when you're feeling peckish, simply choose a shady spot for that picnic you'd packed earlier.
Your visit wouldn't be complete without saying hi to the town's colony of white kangaroos. Yes, that is correct, a white strain of the Western Grey Kangaroo! There are quite a number of them in the Bordertown Wildlife Park located near the eastern entrance to town. The kangaroos can easily be seen through the fence as you walk or drive the perimeter of the park.
South Australia/Victoria border
If you're looking for somewhere to stop over for the night, I'd recommend 105 On The Park which offers clean, comfortable and well-appointed rooms. I have stayed at the motel twice so far and won't hesitate to return for the third time. Bordertown is less than 15 minutes drive from the South Australia/Victoria border and just over 270 kilometres southeast of Adelaide.