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A small, Western Highway border town, Serviceton gives a convincing impression of a town that has been by-passed by a railway which once breathed life and drama into the village.

The last train pulled out of Serviceton in 1986 and the town has been shrinking ever since. Today"s dog days, however, fail to discount a fascinating past when the town has roots in both Victoria and South Australia.

For starters, the railway station not only straddled a disputed border but marked the spot where trains equipped for Victoria"s wide gauge line had to pass on their passengers and freight to locomotives and rolling stock designed to ride the narrower SA rails.

Among other things, this meant that Serviceton needed two station masters, two sets of staff and two sets of infrastructure. The town"s identity problem was also compounded by the fact that a surveying error sparked endless sovereignty and bureaucratic disputes which were not resolved until Victoria graciously consented to cede a 4.5km strip of the state to South Australia.

Nothing, however, is likely to save Serviceton from the current age of economic rationalisation which has reduced the town to a shell and the population to marginal numbers.

Serviceton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Wiese's Horse Dip - Part of Historic Drive

Wiese's horse dip was built in 1931 by local landholders using timber from nearby buloke trees. Its main function was to control a parasitic itch in working horses (Clydesdales).

Horses were walked into the dip and, due to the horses' size; the operators bucketed and sponged the solution over the horses to complete the task.

Now part of the Bordertown, Cannawigra, Mundulla Historic Drive, five kilometres south of Bordertown.

Refer to the Tatiara Visitor Guide for more details.

Frances Road
Bordertown, SA, 5268

Located 17.2K from Serviceton

Clayton Farm Heritage Museum

Clayton Farm is a Heritage Museum set up on the property of one of the Tatiara District's early settlers, the Wiese family, now listed as a heritage site.

The Clayton Farm Heritage Museum is situated three kilometres south of Bordertown, South Australia, on Clayton Farm Track, via the Naracoorte Road. You will find four thatched roof buildings, along with a cellar, chaff shed, hay shed, stables, a blacksmith shop and the homestead. The Woolshed built in 1901 is our main heritage attraction as it is the largest thatched roof woolshed in the southern hemisphere.

You will see many items of farm machinery and tractors which have been restored and are displayed in the Jubilee 150 shed. Other original Wiese farm implements are also on display in sheds.

The house showcases furniture and memorabilia that was left in the house when the last member of the family left the farm.

Clayton Farm often hold Vintage Field Days when they have machinery and tractors giving demonstrations of how things used to be done.

147 Clayton Farm Track,
via Rowney Road West
Bordertown, SA, 5268

Located 21.2K from Serviceton

Bordertown Golf Club

The Bordertown Golf Club is located six kilometres north of the township and is the last fully watered 18-hole golf course before the Victorian border. The 18-hole course is gently undulating, well manicured has excellent greens and many of the fairways are santa anna couch.

It is on an idyllic setting amongst numerous gum trees, broom bush and has an abundance of bird life and kangaroos. The course is 5162 metres in length with every hole being a challenge. There are five par threes, four par fives and the remainder being demanding par fours.

Golf Course Road
Bordertown, SA, 5268

Located 23.0K from Serviceton

Serviceton: Events

Bordertown Cup

The annual Bordertown Cup is a great excuse to get together with family and friends to toast the festive season.

Bordertown is renowned for its specialty Sunday sessions at the races, with the Pavilion a popular meeting spot.

There will be live music and free kids entertainment.

Event Dates
      10th Dec

Racecourse Road
Bordertown, SA, 5268

Located 19.8K from Serviceton

Serviceton: Travel Tips

Bordertown Visitor Information Outlet

The Bordertown Visitor Information Outlet is located within the Bordertown Bakery in Tolmer Park. The Outlet is open seven days a week and is an addition to the old police station. Outside, the Old Gaol toilet block is worthy of an often necessary stop. Another outlet open six days is at the Tatiara Council office which is a short walk from the bakery.

Tolmer Park is a delightful place to take a break and appreciate the district's spectacular red gums and natural beauty. The park was named after Police Inspector Alexander Tolmer who led gold escorts from the Victorian goldfields to Adelaide during 1852 and 1853; this saved the infant state of South Australia from bankruptcy.

Bordertown is famous for white kangaroos, found in the nearby wildlife park and is the birthplace of Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia. It is just a short walk to view the Bob Hawke Gallery and Bust located at the Tatiara Council Chambers.

Also within walking distance is a delightful recreation lake, ideal for canoeing, fishing and barbecues.

Bordertown is the gateway to South Australia's eastern border.

81 North Terrace
Bordertown, SA, 5268

Located 20.5K from Serviceton

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