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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?


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nanzan 12:11 am 26 Oct 10

Given that the only way to access the ACT by road is, of course, through NSW, it is kind of nice to know that there is a part of NSW that can only be accessed by road through the ACT.

p1 8:33 am 25 Oct 10

nanzan said :

I drove past the intersection of Wallaroo Road and Barton Highway today and noticed that there is now a sign there saying that Wallaroo Road is a “NO THROUGH ROAD”.

Wallaroo Road is actually a dead end…

Makes me wonder if there has been some change of status I am unaware of. I shall ask around and get back to ya’ll.

nanzan 11:16 pm 24 Oct 10

p1 said :

nanzan said :

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.

I drove past the intersection of Wallaroo Road and Barton Highway today and noticed that there is now a sign there saying that Wallaroo Road is a “NO THROUGH ROAD”.

Bananabanana 10:03 pm 18 Oct 10

I cross the border at the level crossing on Old Cooma Rd (near Royalla) twice each day.
In recent months the signs have been removed from the ACT side. I can come barrelling along at 100kms and cross the track without looking for trains.
However, on the NSW side the signs remain, warning me to look for trains and that a level crossing is ahead.
I always imagine a “Malcolm” style bisected train that runs only on the NSW side of the track.

p1 3:00 pm 18 Oct 10

Holden Caulfield said :

p1 said :

We tried that approach from the Canberra/Hall side just a couple of weeks ago. The approach to the river crossing is fairly clearly marked with “NO ENTRY” signs and the like.

Ahh, don’t let that stop you. 😉

krasny 2:17 pm 18 Oct 10

nanzan said :

krasny said :

Thank you for that krasny – I had never hear of Mungindi until now.

I’ve driven through it before on my way between the ‘Berra and my folks’ place in rural Queensland. Must be a laugh during daylight savings – start on the side of town where the pubs open earlier and cross the Barwon once it shuts to get in another hour of drinking?

Holden Caulfield 1:43 pm 18 Oct 10

p1 said :

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.

We tried that approach from the Canberra/Hall side just a couple of weeks ago. The approach to the river crossing is fairly clearly marked with “NO ENTRY” signs and the like.

We chickened out.

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