Hatherleigh's local industries are beef, wool and cropping and it is located approximately 15kms north of Millicent on the Princes Highway. Closest to Millicent, Hatherleigh is 30kms south east of Beachport and 64kms west of Penola via Millicent. Dog boarding is available for short term stays, including a few hours. This is often useful for the passer by wanting to explore the Canunda National Park.
Hatherleigh, was named by Governor Jervois, whose family seat was in Devonshire, proclaimed on 20 November 1879. It has a namesake in Devonshire. Hatherleigh means Hawthorn wood.