Places to visit while you’re here!
Choosing to stay with us is the easy bit…..
Its ‘Where to next?‘ you might find difficult!
Port Augusta is known as ‘The Crossroads of Australia’, it is here the major highways entering South Australia from Western Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales meet. It is perfectly situated between the foot hills of The Flinders Ranges and the tip of The Spencer Gulf. Port Augusta is a gateway to endless adventures!
Basing yourself here provides easy access to the surrounding areas and beyond, with the Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula and The Iron Triangle not too far.
Maybe you’re planning to visit our beautiful National Parks – The Flinders Ranges, Mount Remarkable or The Gawler Ranges all have walking trails, 4WD Tracks and endless gorges to explore!
Or if the mystery and lure of the Outback is calling you, then Port Augusta is the perfect place to re-stock before you head out and explore the Strzelecki, Birdsville or Oodnadatta Tracks.
Port Augusta is bursting with History, Culture and Adventure!
From the early 1900’s Port Augusta’s prime waterfront land was occupied by the Commonwealth Railways. Although the railways is no longer a prominent industry in Port Augusta the redevelopment of this land over the past 10 years in to Commercial, Residential and Community areas has still allowed our Heritage to survive.
Port Augusta Heritage Walk & Tourist Drive
Enjoy the 2 hour Heritage Walk through the CBD and surrounding areas to view 38 of Port Augusta’s historical buildings and sites, including The Great Western Bridge and The Old Barge. There is a Tourist Drive mapped out around the City. Details of the walk and a map are included in the local Port Augusta Visitor Guide available at Reception and at Wadlata Outback Information Centre. The Tourist Drive is also available as a separate publication from the Information Centre.
The Water Tower Lookout
The Water Tower Lookout was originally built in 1882 to provide a pressure water supply for the residence of Port Augusta West. Now you can climb the steps to the top and enjoy 360° breath taking views of the City, Spencer Gulf, Flinders & Baxter Ranges, along with the never ending view north into the Outback!
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The Royal Flying Doctors Service
The Port Augusta Royal Flying Doctor Base serves an area of 840,000 square Kilometres. They co-ordinate and supply medical and health services to people in the far west and northern regions of South Australia.
School of the Air
With the RFDS introducing a large radio network across the Outback in 1928, communication lines opened up across Australia giving children in remote areas the opportunity to receive an education. With today’s modern communications technology children continue to be educated.
Port Augusta RSL Military Memorabilia Museum
The award winning Military Museum at the local RSL is a great tribute to ‘Remembering all our Diggers Service and the Heritage they left us.’ Port Augusta RSL is home to the Leopard Tank, proudly on display with many other items from the New Zealand (Maouri War) in 1860 to the Iraqi and Afghanistan conflict at present.
The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens
Enjoy the wonderful views of the Flinders Ranges while exploring the amazing array of arid zoned habitats on your visit to The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens. Spreading over 500 acres, you could spend forever exploring the flora, woodlands, fragile red sand dunes and clay pan country. Dont forget to stop in at the Bluebush Cafe to enjoy a hot coffee, light meal or one of the delicious cheese boards with a glass of wine before you leave the gardens.
Pichi Richi Historic Railway
For the rail enthusiast you can still enjoy a picturesque journey on the historic Pichi Richi Railway. Departing Port Augusta and arriving in Quorn you will experience some of the prettiest scenery of the Central Flinders Ranges.
Since its formation in 1973 The Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society have been dedicated to the preservation, restoration and operation of the Pichi Richi Railway. Click link for seasonal timetable.
Wadlata Outback Centre
Whilst in Port Augusta you can not leave without visiting ‘The Outback’s – Tunnel of Time’, found within The Wadlata Outback and Information Centre. Here you can discover and experience stories of the Aboriginals, take a journey with our Pioneer Explorers and Settlers, then tour through the Leigh Creek Coal Fields along with so many more adventures.
You can spend 15 minutes or 4 hours indulging in the interactive, visual and audio displays. Grab a light meal or snack from the Outback Tuckerbox before you browse through the souvenir shop.
The Information Desk in Wadlata should be your point of contact while in Port Augusta. They can book Accommodation, Tours and provide information on all of the above attractions and lots more.