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Towns that cross borders!

By nanzan - 16 October 2010 27

It’s such a bitch of a day outside today, I thought I would be brave and attempt to start a very important thread.

I would like to posit that the ACT is very unique in Australia in that it is home to possibly the nation’s only two towns – or localities – that traverse a state border.

That is to say, Williamsdale and Royalla, are to be found in both the ACT and NSW. People (not the same people) can be found happily living on both sides of the state border in these places – and the place name and the postcode is the same on both sounds of the state line. Only the jurisdiction changes.

I know of no other instance of this in Australia. (Before you suggest Hall – only the ACT side is officially known as Hall; cross the border into NSW and, officially, you enter Wallaroo or Spring Range.)

Am I wrong? Do I have too much time on my hands?

What’s Your opinion?


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Towns that cross borders!
p1 9:05 am 18 Oct 10

nanzan said :

Interestingly, Wallaroo, NSW, on the other side of the border from Hall in the ACT, may also be unique in Australia in that although it is in New South Wales (in the Shire of Yass Valley, in fact) it is only accessible via the Australian Capital Territory! The single public road – in and out – traverses the ACT.

(And in case you are wondering, Wallaroo consists of four wineries, two bed and breakfasts, a horse riding centre and cafe, an olive grove, a fire station, a monastery, and lots and lots of farms.)

Well, technically, there is public access at the other end of Wallaroo Rd, accross McCarthy Rd, over the low level crossing and then along Hawthorn and Horseshoe Roads.

Although this crosses peoples properties, it is public access. The crazy guy that lives just over the river has been know to try and block people from accessing the river and driving over his property though.

Pommy bastard 8:02 am 18 Oct 10

I would like to posit that the ACT is very unique in Australia in that it is home to possibly the nation’s only two towns – or localities – that traverse a state border.

Lovely logical fallacy there.

If these towns do cross the border, then the phenomena also occurs in NSW, rendering this unique “graduated uniqueness” null and void.

Ps. ML-585, you wouldn’t be an Alan Partridge fan would you?

buzz819 10:57 pm 17 Oct 10

Hmm not really a town that crosses a border, but an independent country within Australia? It can be found in Western Australia.

http://www.suite101.com/content/the-hutt-river-province-a13833

vg 9:30 pm 17 Oct 10

“The single public road – in and out – traverses the ACT.”

As does the Kings Hwy on the way to the coast. Nothing remarkable there

nanzan 8:34 pm 17 Oct 10

Interestingly, Wallaroo, NSW, on the other side of the border from Hall in the ACT, may also be unique in Australia in that although it is in New South Wales (in the Shire of Yass Valley, in fact) it is only accessible via the Australian Capital Territory! The single public road – in and out – traverses the ACT.

(And in case you are wondering, Wallaroo consists of four wineries, two bed and breakfasts, a horse riding centre and cafe, an olive grove, a fire station, a monastery, and lots and lots of farms.)

nanzan 8:30 pm 17 Oct 10

Skidbladnir said :

Cameron Corner (where QLD, SA, and NSW meet) has a single shop in the settlement there which is a business registered in Queensland, shares a postcode with NSW, but has to go through a South Australian telephone exchange.

Fantastic! And Cameron Corner (or is it Cameron’s Corner?) makes Williamsdale and Royalla look like quite big towns!

creative_canberran 5:27 pm 17 Oct 10

Nanzan is incorrect. Royally is entirely in NSW. The border runs along the railway. The Monaro Hwy is in the ACT but just to the left the railway forms the border.
Australia Post and official maps confirm no part of Royalla is in the ACT.

Williamsdale does straddle the border. 90% of it is in NSW but the service centre and a few homes are in the ACT. They both share the 2620 postcode with Royalla.

Pork Hunt 5:20 pm 17 Oct 10

I am unique, to a degree…

p1 3:24 pm 17 Oct 10

ML-585 said :

Very unique”. Something is either unique or it’s not. There is no degree of unique. End rant.

Sounds like you are literally exploding about that. 🙂

Skidbladnir 3:23 pm 17 Oct 10

Cameron Corner (where QLD, SA, and NSW meet) has a single shop in the settlement there which is a business registered in Queensland, shares a postcode with NSW, but has to go through a South Australian telephone exchange.
You have to turn off the Strzelecki Track to get there, and the only thing to see is the shop, so very many sand dunes, a golf course that has only had a ‘green’ once, the Queendland Border Dingo Fence, and State boundary marker.
Note that half the town is on the QLD side of the border, while the other half is in SA.

(By the way, its your own responsibility to close the NSW\SA border gate once you pass through it)

ML-585 2:55 pm 17 Oct 10

Very unique”. Something is either unique or it’s not. There is no degree of unique. End rant.

p1 2:25 pm 17 Oct 10

Looks like I spoke too soon, Coolangatta NSW is in Nowra. 🙁

p1 2:23 pm 17 Oct 10

GardeningGirl said :

Really? I think I assumed Royalla was ACT and Williamsdale might have been NSW.

Nup, it appears that Nazan is correct. Postcode search for Williamsdale. Tweed Heads on the other hand only shows as being in NSW on the postcode search.

Coolangatta on the other hand shows up as a town in NSW and QLD, although with different postcodes.

GardeningGirl 1:41 pm 17 Oct 10

Really? I think I assumed Royalla was ACT and Williamsdale might have been NSW.

New Yeah 12:41 pm 17 Oct 10

Interesting observation. Does Tweed Heads count?

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