Poochera, South Australia
|Population||185 (2006 census)|
|Elevation||426 m (1,398 ft)|
|Location||60 km (37 mi) NE of Streaky Bay|
|LGA(s)||District Council of Streaky Bay|
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, 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.
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