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Poochera, South Australia

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Population  185 (2006 census)
Postcode(s)  5655
Poochera  Minnipa
Elevation  426 m
Postal code  5655
Federal division  Division of Grey
Established  1920
State electorate(s)  Flinders
Footnotes  Adjoining localities
Founded  1920
Local time  Friday 9:59 AM
Poochera, South Australia
Weather  24°C, Wind NE at 11 km/h, 53% Humidity
Lga  District Council of Streaky Bay

Poochera is a small grain belt town 60 km north-west of Streaky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. At the 2006 census, Poochera had a population of 185.

Map of Poochera SA 5655, Australia

The township of Poochera was not surveyed until 1920, and its name is thought to be taken from the name of King Poojeri, a local aboriginal who died in 1917. A nearby hill is also named Poochera, possibly stemming from the same origin.

The town had a school which opened in 1920, but closed its doors in 1976.

Poochera is the centrepoint of a large agricultural area, the town itself being a strategic grain exchange point for the region's farmers, who specialise in cereal crops and sheep.

The town is 53 km away from the Gawler Ranges, and is commonly used as a stop off by tourists, who have access to a hotel and caravan park.

Poochera, however, is probably best noted for its nearby colonies of Dinosaur Ant (Nothomyrmecia macrops), a rare, primitive species of ant that has attracted entomologists and evolutionary biologists from around the world.

Apart from the Poochera Hotel and Caravan Park, the town is served by a roadhouse where most general supplies can be purchased.

References

Poochera, South Australia Wikipedia


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