Port Augusta - Cities, Towns and Localities
1802, Matthew Flinders was the first recorded European to explore
the area surrounding present day Port Augusta. By 1852-53 at the
urging of Thomas Elder, wool merchant and parliamentarian the
government of the day surveyed the harbour
and laid out the township.
Today, Port Augusta is known for being the ‘cross roads
of Australia’ and the Gateway to the
Flinders Ranges and the Spencer
Gulf. Situated on the quiet waterways at the head of the Spencer
Gulf, Port Augusta is also a thriving industrial port. Travellers
passing through can continue on west to the Nullarbor and Western
Australia, south to Adelaide, or south-west towards the many
coastal towns of the Eyre Peninsula. It is also the stopover for the Ghan
Alice Springs) and Indian Pacific (Perth to
With prominent landforms surrounding the
city on both sides of the Gulf, the area holds importance to both the Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal.
The Flinders Ranges to the east and the series of hills to the southeast have
traditionally signified the area of the Nukuna people. The name
given to his locality by the Aboriginal people is ‘Curdnatta’.
There are a number of attractions from the historic buildings,
lookouts, galleries, railway heritage trail, the Royal Flying Doctor
Service, School of the Air, botanic garden and parks. There are
recreational activities from beaches, fishing and bird watching. For
those looking for sporting facilities, there is Port Augusta Racing
Club, squash, lawn bowls, golf, tennis and the Port August Aquatic
Port Augusta City Council
Check out our listing of
Augusta accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information,
contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more
attractions, tours, local maps and other information.
Wadlata Outback Centre
• 41 Flinders Tce, PORT AUGUSTA SA 5700 •
Ph: 08 8642 4511 •
Fax: 08 8642 4288 •
• The nationally accredited Wadlata
Outback Centre, winner of 6 South Australian Tourism Awards is a multi
functional major visitor information centre, a must for all visitors travelling
to or through the Region. You can spend up to 5 hours exploring everything on
offer at the centre.
The Centre houses:
- The “Outback’s Tunnel of Time” (Interpretive Centre)
- Visitor Information Centre- Nationally Accredited
- A large gift shop with real Aussie products
- Original local and Regional Aboriginal Art
- The Outback Tuckerbox
- Restroom facilities
- Vehicle parking – car, coach & caravan
- Disabled facilities
- After hours visitor information – an interactive kiosk, Port Augusta
Visitor Guides and maps are left outside the main door.
- Internet facilities
The name “Wadlata” is an Aboriginal “Parnkhalla” word, which means to “teach,
say or communicate”.
Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
Stuart Highway (PO Box 202),
PORT AUGUSTA SA 5700
• Located just 2 km north of Port Augusta is this
200 hectare gardens offering views across the Flinders Ranges
and provides an insight into the rich diversity of flora on the
Homestead Park Pioneer Museum
• Elsie St, PORT AUGUSTA SA
5700 • Ph: 08 8642 2035
• Take Howard Street north
off Victoria Parade to reach the Homestead Park Pioneer Museum,
an railway and farming museum set in an attractive park. The
centre piece, and a symbol of the hardships of the early
settlers, is the 135-year-old Yudnapinna Homestead, the only
genuine log cabin in South Australia, which was moved to the
site from over 100 km away.
• Located on Whiting Parade, which is at
the far south-eastern extremity of the city. This was the site
where in 1802, Matthew Flinders landed. The Lookout is named
after Alan McLennan, a local historian, and offers views across
Gulf St Vincent towards the Power Stations.
Pichi Richi Railway • Ph: 08 8395 2566 •
Richi Railway is an operating museum, operating regular heritage
train journeys on the oldest remaining section of the famous old
narrow-gauge Ghan railway. Pichi Richi Railway is located at
Quorn, in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges. Trains operate from
Quorn and Port Augusta. The railway is operated, maintained and
managed by its dedicated volunteer members. See website for
train services, fares, timetables and bookings.
Royal Flying Doctor Service
• Ph: 08 8642 2044
on Vincent Street this is one of the many bases that are open
for inspection to the public. It is one of 14 bases currently
offering medical services to people in remote parts of
Australia. It is open to the public on weekdays between 10 am -
3 pm. Ring to confirm.
School of the Air
• Power Crescent • Ph: 08 8642 2077
• One of the fascinating aspects of the Outback is the way we
provide health and education to those in isolated communities.
Port Augusta, being located on the edge of the Outback, is one
of the many bases for both the Royal Flying Doctor Service and
the School of the Air. There are opportunities to visit the School
of the Air to see how teachers interacting with their outback
students. Ring first.
Water Tower Lookout
• Located just across the bridge to
the west of the town (turn south west into Bond Street) is an
old iron water tower, offering great views across Spencer Gulf
to the city centre.
Port Augusta Events
• South Australia Events
Panasonic World Solar Challenge
• Ph: +61 8 8463 4690 •
• Biennial event - held in October 2007. Next event 2009
• A biennial event based on a
competitive field of solar cars crossing the Australian continent powered by
nothing but the sun. Teams are required to research, build and design vehicles
capable of completing the 3,000 km journey from tropical Darwin in the Northern
Territory, to cosmopolitan Adelaide in South Australia.
Port Augusta City Council
• 4 Mackay St (PO Box 1704),
PORT AUGUSTA SA 5700 • Ph: 08 8641 9100 •
• Includes information on attractions.