The small town of Poochera is situated approximately 60 kilometres northeast of Streaky Bay on the Eyre Highway. It is a strategic grain receival centre for the farmers in the area whose main products are grain and livestock. The name Poochera comes from an Aboriginal derivation of King Poojeeri, a local king who died in 1917.
If visiting Poochera please don't step on the Dinosaurs! The ants are very rare and were discovered at Poochera in 1977 by Dr. Robert Taylor. Listed on the Australian Heritage Commission National Estate Register scientists from all over the world have visited Poochera to study these primitive creatures. They are extremely timid, nocturnal, only 1 cm in length and a golden honey colour. Not only is it the world's most primitive living ant, it is the second most primitive creature, even when fossil records are included.
Poochera is the Western Gateway to the magnificent Gawler Ranges National Park, only 53kms with access from Poochera via the Princes Highway. The scenic Gawler Ranges can be explored in spring and autumn. The Ranges are accessible by 2 wheel drive vehicles and make an exhilarating day drive or an enjoyable camping trip.