Padthaway, South Australia

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Padthaway (population 218) is a town on the Riddoch Highway in the south-east of South Australia, halfway from Keith to Naracoorte. The name is derived from the Potawurutj Aboriginal name for Good Water.

Padthaway is in the Tatiara District Council, the state electorate of MacKillop and the federal Division of Barker. The postcode is 5271.


Wine region

Padthaway is also the name of a wine region surrounding the town. It is home to a variety of large commercial vineyards (the oldest established in 1964), but only a few cellar doors. Many of Australia's best known wine labels grow grapes here including Padthaway Estae (Eliza sparkling), Henry's Drive, Morambo Creek, Oparina and Rabbit Trappers.


Padthaway has a few sports clubs including Netball, Football, Cricket and Tennis. The under 13s won the premiership in 2005 and the same girls won it in under 15s in 2007.

The Padthaway Football Club known as the Lions is the main club of the town, competing in the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League. [1] The club participates in the "A", "B", Junior colts and senior colts grades. A netball team also known as the Lions competes in the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Netball Association.

The Community

Padthaway is a very generous welcoming community and has many different social gatherings within the town. Although a small town Padthaway is a very great town!!

The town is a welcomed rest stop for many travellers heading south to Narracoorte or Mt Gambier. Its main street features a fenced play ground, skate park, large under-cover gazebo, and an extensive lawn area. Public amenities are also available, which makes Padthaway an ideal picnic spot or opportunity to just enjoy the local wines.


Younger children aged four to thirteen attend the local primary school. When they finish primary schooling they then take a forty minute bus trip to Naracoorte high school each day. The primary school is great all the students love it there.


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