Australian Towns & Cities
South Australia: Cockburn
Incorporating photos and Information from Michael Greenslade's former Australian Towns, Cities and Highways site

The small town of Cockburn, is located on the Barrier Highway between Burra and Broken Hill. Cockburn is essentially a highway service town offering the bare essentials for motorists and a break in the extremely sparse scenery encountered in this region of South Australia. Of interest in Cockburn is the old hotel which still proudly displays the town's original name of "Coburn" and the peculiar fact that the town straddles the NSW/SA border.

The town of Cockburn came into existence in 1886 on the South Australia side of the border as a place for trains to exchange locomotives and crews. On the New South Wales side of the border, the Silverton Tramway Company built a station and a siding, called Burns.


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NEW State Border:
State border marker between NSW and SA at Cockburn, December 2003.

Image © Michael Greenslade

NEW State Border:
State border at Cockburn looking into New South Wales, December 2003.

Image © Michael Greenslade

NEW State Border:
State border at Cockburn looking into South Australia, December 2003.

Image © Michael Greenslade

NEW Cockburn Town Centre:
Main Street, looking west with the old hotel on the right, Cockburn, December 2003.

Image © Michael Greenslade

NEW Coburn Hotel:
Coburn Hotel on Main St, December 2003.

Image © Michael Greenslade

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