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    ST. AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jun 8, 2012

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    Another heritage Church on the walk. I really liked this smallish Anglican church, don't know why, the stone work, I think. It isn't the original Church that was built in 1868, but a newer, larger Church built in 1882. The Bell on the side is from 1871, and if you look further, you will see the Church Hall. Would you believe, years ago this was St. Augustine's High School for Boys, it wasn't very big!

    Check out the houses around the corner in Gibson street.....Terrace houses and other old ones.

    This concludes what I saw on the Heritage walk, one I thought was good and interesting!

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    ARID LANDS BOTANIC GARDEN

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    Being somebody who enjoys gardening, I wanted to visit this park located just on the outskirts of Port August.
    Driving through an impressive entrance, we followed the signs to the garden. There were plenty of car parks, so stopping, I went for a short walk and found that there wasn't hardly a shrub in flower, wrong time of year! so back in the car and a drive through the Botanic gardens instead. Thankgoodness we could, as the gardens cover 500 acres!

    The garden has a remarkable collection of plants, and I think you will be surprised to see how much will grow very well in this arid landscape. Lots of Australian native plants attract plenty of Birds, so expect to see them when the flowers are out.
    The gift shop/visitor centre sells gifts, plants for the garden, and books on gardening. The Bluebush Cafe maybe the place to enjoy the much needed drink after walking!

    The Garden is FREE ENTRY
    OPEN...7.30am to sundown
    CENTRE IS OPEN....MON - FRIDAY 9am .....SAT/SUN 10 - 4PM

    More details on the website.

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    RED CLIFFS

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    When at Matthew Flinders look-out, I followed a dirt track further along the cliff top, and it was here that I had views of the beautiful Red Cliffs. They would have been better if the sun had been shining on them, but I was still very happy with what I saw. The track continued further on, so I guess you would probably be able to walk down to the bottom of the cliffs.

    Flinders and Outback Water Cruises can take you past the Redcliffs to the very tip of the Gulf - tide and weather permitting.

    Well worth the walk!

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    MATTHEW FLINDERS LOOKOUT

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    I don't know if they have a lot of car break-ins or not, but the notice said to make sure your car is securely locked and all valuables out of sight before setting off!

    It's only a short walk to the Memorial Cairn, dedicated to Captain Matthew Flinders, where he stood and named Mt Brown, Mt Arden, Point Lowly and Curlew Point in the Flinders Ranges. The views are excellent of the Flinders Ranges and the tail end of Spencer Gulf.

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    THE LOOKOUT TOWER

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    DO NOT MISS! - The Lookout Tower, built in 1882 provide a reserve water supply for the residents of Port Augusta West.
    I had to climb four flights of steps to reach the top, well worth it though. The views were fantastic in every direction! I could see Port Augusta, the Flinders Ranges, the salt pans and the outback in the north, what a view!

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    PORT AUGUSTA FORESHORE

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    What a pleasant surprise this was! Last time here, it wasn't anything much, now it's lovely!
    The area is lawned, there are plenty of walking trails, seating, some undercover, BBQ's, a nice playground and FREE Toilets. You can go fishing or just have a fun time with the family. In July/August, you may even see a Great Souther Right or Humpback Whale pass by! I have seen photos of them by the Port Augusta Bridge!
    AT the bridge end, is the swimmer's memorial, built by members of the swimming club in memory of those who lost their lives in WWII.
    There is a jetty in this area.

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    FLOWERING GUM TREES

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    In these northern towns and cities of Australia, there is a good chance that there will be Flowering Gum Trees planted in the streets. They love the type of climate and soil, and grow very well. They are not a large tree and attract plenty of Honey-eaters.
    In APRIL, they were in full bloom and were stunning!

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    PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

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    Next door to the Funeral Chapel is the lovely Presbyterian Church. This Church and Manse dates back to 1885. The Presbyterians had decided not to join the Uniting Church in 1977, so this remains the only Presbyterian Church outside the metropolitan area in the Northern part of South Australia.

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    FUNERAL CHAPEL!

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    Funeral Chapel

    Yes, a Funeral chapel is on the heritage walk! When you see the building you will see why! Its built in limestone back in 1919, when it was a Salvation Army Citadel. It has been a Funeral Parlour since 2009.

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    GLADSTONE SQUARE

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    Located across the road from the Trooper's Barracks is the lovely green grassed Gladstone Square.
    It was named after the Prime Minister of England in 1883. We enjoyed our lunch in this lovely park.

    There are quite a few points of interest, including the beautifully restored Rotunda, built in 1890, and in 1923 dedicated as a Soldiers Memorial.

    You mustn't miss the ornate Drinking Fountain. It's a tribute to James Beatton, the Postmaster of Port Augusta from 1882 until he died in 1905.

    The Thomas Young Memorial was erected in 1913, in memory of the "Father of Port Augusta." Mr. Young was elected to Council and served for 34 years. He became Port Augusta's 4th Mayor in 1897 and served a 3 year term.

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    WATERWORKS OR TROOPERS BARRACKS

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    Trooper's Barracks

    Another nice heritage building is what was once used as barracks for the Troopers between 1860 & 1882. At sometime during 1882, it was converted into a Waterworks store and the Blacksmith's shop was converted into the Library.

    Now, the buildings are used as Galleries "Yarta Purtli," and administration offices and the courtyard space out the back is popular for live performances, special events and private functions.

    The galleries display all art forms by local and interstate artists with the main focus on showcasing local artist and crafts people from Port Augusta and surrounding communities.

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    OLD COURT HOUSE

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    Our next building of interest, is the old Court House, built out of Saltia Creek stone in 1884. Before this court house was built, proceedings were held in the customs house.
    They no longer use this building as the Court house, the new one is in Flinders Terrace.

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    THE OLD TOWN HALL

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    Looking in a rather sad state, is the Old town hall, built of local stone quarried at Quorn. It dates to 1887, at one stage, was the largest building in town. In 1944, some of the building was destroyed by fire, luckily, the Corinthian frontage and the Dome escaped damage, so the hall was rebuilt and re-opened in 1946. I read it had a beautiful two story theatre and a huge Ballroom, so I do hope the Council will renovate and restore this lovely old building.

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    UNITING CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Jun 8, 2012

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    The Uniting Church, surprisingly, it didn't look like a Church!
    The foundation stone was laid in 1867, and the two storied front in 1885. This Church was the first of any denomination to be built in Port Augusta.
    The small iron structure was "different!" It is known as "The Widow's Walk," and its located at the very top, so is believed to be a viewing platform used by the wives of Sailors who went to look for their husband's Ships returning home.

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    S.A. BREWING CO. BREWERY

    by balhannah Updated Jun 8, 2012

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    Our next heritage building on the walk is located on the other side of the road from the Wadlata Information centre.
    The beautiful building, was built as a small stone Brewery in th 1860's. It was extended in 1879, but then in 1897, they had to stop producing Beer because not enough suitable water was available. It was then a depot for West End Beer. Fire damaged some of the building in 1943, lucky most escaped damage and the production of cool drinks began. Next, it was a Hotel/Motel, that closed in 1989.
    Since then, its part of the Northern Gateway shopping centre, and you drive through the lovely archway into the centre car park.

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