Port Augusta Travel Guide

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Port Augusta Things to Do


    This was our first stop in Port Augusta.Two reasons, one I needed a souvenir with an Aboriginal painting, and two, it is home of the Wadlata centre. Both of these have won many tourism awards.The building is built like a large rainwater tank, with a Windmill sitting on top. Inside was a huge gift shop, one of the best I've seen. I thought prices...


    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 we stopped and I went for a short walk. I found there was hardly a shrub in flower, wrong time of year! The garden has a...


    Located at the Wadlata Centre is the Tunnel of Time, a must see when you visit!First, we bought our admission tickets at the information centre desk, then we went through the gates and into the "tunnel of time."The journey begins 15 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the land and Akurra, the rainbow Serpent lived. Through reading, audio visual...


    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....


    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...


    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...


    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!


    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...


    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!


    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.


    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.


    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...


    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...


    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.


    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...


    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...


    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...


    One of the historic buildings in Port Augusta, is located next to Wadlata Centre. It used to be the St. Joseph's Convent, built in 1915.as a classroom for Primary and Secondary Students. Previous to this, the Sisters would conduct classes at various places around Port Augusta.It is now used as an Art Gallery and has a nice garden and fountain in...


Port Augusta Hotels

Port Augusta Restaurants

  • What a menu

    Friendly host Kim makes all her guests feel welcome and the waiting staff are always helpful. The restaurant is always busy with locals, however the service is quick despite this. It has an extensive menu with both Chinese and Malaysian dishes. Malaysian beef satays (entre) and Spicy Pork (main....sounds hot but it isn't).

  • The best indian food ever

    The Standpipe is well known for its authenitic and extremely tasty Indian food. The punjabi prawns are excellent and if you have a small group the banquet is the way to go, if not just order and share. They also have an al la carte menu, which means there is something for everyone and ensures that desserts are covered as well. Punjabi prawns for...

  • A place for good Indian.

    The menu of the Indian selection is extensive - and apart from being slightly mild - worth the price.Naan bread is a must try.


Port Augusta Shopping

  • Cheap and Cheerful

    Curdnatta Art Group are a group of locals who paint, pot, dye silk and a whole lot more, they are a not for profit organisation and sell their wares at the Curdnatta Art Gallery. They have much to choose from but have a particulary good range of ceramic ware, great for gifts and souvenirs. Not much, they have very reasonable prices

  • Paintings

    If you're after art from local artists in the 'Gateway to the Outback' as Port Augusta is known as, go to any of the local hotels, pub or club and have a meal.Generally speaking, all of the artwork you see adorning the walls will be available for sale. Just ask your waiter/ waitress for details.You'll find paintings of the local landscape,...

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Port Augusta Warnings and Dangers

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    by balhannah Written Jun 8, 2012

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    You would think in an area where the roads are straight for miles on end, there wouldn't be any accidents, but this isn't the case. In fact, in these areas around Port Augusta, there are lots of accidents, lots of them fatal because of a combination of speed on the straight stretches and tiredness. It's a long way between towns, and not a lot to see. Boredom sets in.
    Next thing, a car has headed onto the wrong side of the road and into the path of a passing semi-trailer. The Police say this is a common occurence of driver fatigue, and it happens all too often in these areas where accidents should never happen!

    There are plenty of roadside stops so you can stretch the legs, some even have toilets. Stop at the small towns, you never know what you will find, and country people are very hospitable!

    The roadside signs warn of the danger, take heed, and don't be the next fatality!

    Fatigue kills! Straight road at Port Augusta
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Port Augusta Off The Beaten Path

  • Craddock, more than just a ghost town

    Buy a map, head to Quorn through the scenic Pichi Richi Pass then take the road to Hawker, about 20 kms north is the turn off to Craddock. Make sure you have lunch at the pub, you will be surprised at the quality of the food. If you want to extend your stay the pub has excellent, newly decorated rooms at the rear.

  • The Foreshore

    Very simple, but take a stroll along the newly refurbished foreshore area, sit and watch the kids play in the playground, or shoot a few hoop. or just enjoy the sunrise or sunset.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Port Augusta Sports & Outdoors

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    Aquatic and Outdoor Adventure Centre

    by gravity6 Written May 24, 2008

    The aquatic and outdoor centre has a range of activities for small groups and families. They specialise in water sports but can arrange hiking and other activities as required.

    Equipment: They supply all equipment, including safety equipment. You will need to wear appropriate clothing for your selected activity.

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    Port Augusta is the cheapest place to buy fuel your car. It is cheaper than what you can buy in the Flinders Ranges and cheaper than anywhere further when heading west.If you have a shopping discount fuel voucher from Coles, then head to the Shell garage and receive another 4 cents litre off the price of your fuel.To get one of these vouchers, just...


    We had been on the other side of the Flinders Ranges and seen very rugged Mountains, cliffs, gorges, fantastic scenery.Now, at Port Augusta, the Flinders Ranges are different again. They are big, rolling mountains that Sheep graze on. If you are staying at Port Augusta, I hope you can view them at different times of the day, because as the shadows...

  • Blue skies and green parks

    Port Augusta has long been known as one big petrol stop for travellers, but take a tour off the highway and you will notice the natural beauty of the area, including the green parks and beautiful weather. I miss the views when I am away and the morning walks along the foreshore in the crisp still air with yachts on the gulf and the sunrise over...


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