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Welcome to Old Tailem Town!

First established in 1982, Old Tailem Town is now Australia's largest pioneer village, visited by tourists all over the world!

Come for an hour or a day, have a cup of tea or coffee with the friendly staff and see what life was like for the settlers of South Australia from 1860 - 1960. There are over a hundred and ten buildings for you to visit, all furnished within their periods in their most natural locations.

Many of the buildings were transported in one piece from their original locations, while others were taken apart plank by plank and rebuilt in Old Tailem Town. Most of the buildings are over one hundred years old and are the same in appearance as they were when they were first built. They are all furnished with original artifacts as if they were being lived in a century ago. Shops are stocked with original items, packets and hardware. The emporium is over one hundred and twenty feet long and has four different departments with flying fox, money exchanges and the picture theatre is one hundred years old and houses sixty-five year old working projectors and is fully functional as a theatre with seventy seats. We have a collection of antique speed-boats, dating from 1905, including the worlds first hydroplane, made by Thorney Croft and his first four cylinder engine, known as 'experimental one'.

There is a huge stationary engine display, which is one of the biggest you'll ever see. We have a collection of antique fire engines with one of the biggest mobile ladders in the sourthern hemisphere. There are stables which house clydesdale horses. The railway has nineteen carriages and is over a kilometer long.

The town has thiry shops, catering for everything imaginable. The village is now at the stage where it's hard to think of what else to create in a town of its era.

Our oldest building is a ticket office from the first exhibition grounds in Adelaide and it dates from 1870, along with the school that dates from 1881. Most buildings were built before the turn of the twentieth century. Overseas visitors to the village are amazed that such a place exists! If you really want to see how the past was, this is the place to come and experience it!