A small town of about 50 people servicing a mixed farming district, Frances sits east of the Naracoorte Range on the South Australia side of the Victorian border.
It is a one-hotel town with a sporting complex which is home to the local Aussie Rules side, tennis and netball teams and lawn bowlers. The bowling club becomes the focus of the district’s social and sporting attention over January and February when the playing ranks almost treble for the Frances Super Fours League in which most of the local community takes part.
Frances is about 60 km from the closest large town, Naracoorte, whose Sheep’s Back Museum, absorbing caves system, Museum and Snake Pit, Tiny Train Park and a host of other attractions make it the tourist capital of the state’s south-east.
Fifty kilometres to the north of Frances, Bordertown's greatest claim to fame is the birth in a sandstone cottage on Farquahar Street on December 9, 1929 of Australia's twenty-third Prime Minister Robert James Lee Hawke.