Temora Visitor Guide

Welcome to Temora, The Friendly Town

We weren’t sure what to expect from Temora. While we’d heard about the town’s famous community spirit and hospitality, we were keen to discover it through our own experience.

During our nine-hour road trip from the coast to the country, we wondered, ‘could an entire town really be that friendly?’

The answer is, yes.

While the landscape holds its own expansive beauty – fields of golden canola joining a huge sky – it’s the kindness and ingenuity of Temora’s people that made the biggest impression on us.

In Temora, community is everything. Have you ever been to a cinema run entirely by volunteers ranging from teenagers to retirees? At Temora’s Town Hall Theatre we were not only treated to the latest flicks, but warmly greeted by a group of volunteers intent on discussing the latest movie with us as they whipped up fresh popcorn.

We spoke to two couples who left the coast in search of a community and found themselves warmly welcomed by their new hometown of Temora. In turn, they opened their hearts and doors to us. Temora seems to have that effect.

The importance of Temora’s history is instilled in each generation. While young craftsmen like Ariah Park’s Craig Leiper breathe life into salvaged farm scraps, the Heritage Committee’s Max Oliver lovingly preserves valuable remnants of a forgotton era.

We were impressed by the healthy relationship between the town and the council. Temora’s myriad meticulously preserved historical buildings are testament to the joint efforts of council and community working for the common good.

These days, visitors expect more than a list of sights to see when holidaying in a region. We want a direct route to the soul of each town; to see it through the lens of the locals who love it. We want to know about treasure troves like McShane’s Collectables, and that the local tennis club does a mean coffee and a cracking lamb burger. It’s these details that matter.

That’s why we’re telling the stories of some of the characters that represent the down to earth community of Temora. In a world where fast is often prioritised over friendly, you’ll soon discover that this is a town that truly deserves its tagline.

Thank you Temora for welcoming us into your town and sharing your stories. We’ll be back!

Geordie Bull – Interviews and copywriting

Aaron Cuneo – Photograpy, design and layout


Paleface Adios | The Temora Tornado

Shirley and Colin Pike’s Temora home is adorned with faded photographs of Paleface Adios in his heyday, with driver and trainer Colin beaming proudly by his side.

Known as the ‘Temora Tornado’, Paleface was the Pharlap of Australian harness-racing, winning 104 races and placing a further 68 times in extraordinary career.

Owner Shirley Pike fondly recalls the friendship between Paleface and Colin.

“Col had a wonderful bond with the horse,” she says. “It was like he was another son – Col would walk out and the horse would just come to him.”

Colin and Shirley lived at Paleface Lodge horse stud for 47 years, raising five children and travelling continuously with Paleface as he won hearts – and races – across the country.

“We took him everywhere from Western Australia to New Zealand,” Shirley says. “Some of our best memories are of taking him to Albion Park in Queensland. He was idolised there.”

Paleface Adios raced from 1972 right through until 1981, a lengthy career for a harness racehorse.

“It’s long time,” Shirley says. “Even when he stopped racing he didn’t want to just stand and do nothing, so he used to tear around his field. Col had to bring him back into racing because he was so keen!”

When Paleface passed away on 11 December 1989 he was buried at Paleface Lodge, where his grave can still be found. The legendary horse is commemorated by a life-sized monument in the main street of Temora.

Colin and Shirley are constantly amazed by the love people continue to display for their beloved Paleface.

“We can’t believe the way it is, at our age and the years that have gone by,” Shirley says. “Our grandchildren often tell us there’s something been on television or Facebook about him. He was just a star.”




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