Poochera, South Australia

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South Australia
Poochera is located in South Australia
Coordinates 32°43′S 134°50′E / 32.717°S 134.833°E / -32.717; 134.833Coordinates: 32°43′S 134°50′E / 32.717°S 134.833°E / -32.717; 134.833
Population 185 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1920
Postcode(s) 5655
Elevation 426 m (1,398 ft)
Location 60 km (37 mi) NE of Streaky Bay
LGA(s) District Council of Streaky Bay
State electorate(s) Flinders
Federal Division(s) Grey

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.[1]

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. Only one other colony near Penong, 180 km away is known to exist.

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

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Poochera (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 

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