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Port Augusta - Cities, Towns and Localities
In 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 (Adelaide to Alice Springs) and Indian Pacific (Perth to Sydney) Railways.

Australian Arid Lands Botanic GardenWith 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 Centre.

Source: Port Augusta City Council

Check out our listing of Port 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.

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Port Augusta Visitor Information Centre — Wadlata
41 Flinders Tce,
Ph: 08 8641 9193
Freecall: 1800 633 060 (Regional Information)
Open - Wadlata Outback Centre
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Christmas Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Port Augusta Attractions

Wadlata Outback Centre
• 41 Flinders Tce, PORT AUGUSTA SA 5700 • Ph: 08 8642 4511 • Fax: 08 8642 4288 • Email
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 Australian desert.
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.
McLennan Lookout
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 RailwayPichi Richi Railway • Ph: 08 8395 2566 • Email
Pichi 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
Located 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.

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Port Augusta Events

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World Solar Challenge Panasonic World Solar Challenge
• Ph: +61 8 8463 4690 • Email
• 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.
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Port Augusta Distance

Distance to Port Augusta
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Port Augusta:
Adelaide 306
Ceduna 468
Hawker 107
Port Lincoln 342
Port Pirie 92
Whyalla 77
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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