Port Pirie has a population of over 16,000.
NyrStar operates one of the largest smelters in the world, exporting large quantities of zinc concentrates and lead. Other exports include grain and seeds, with principal imports comprising minerals, coal and ores.
During 2008/2009, 0.712 million tonnes of cargo was moved through Port Pirie. I must confess I was surprised the tonnage was relatively small, particularly since lead is one of the commodities. I say that because I come from a city that ships out more than twice that every week.
This is the spiel put out by the local council. For me it sums up what the place has to offer; i.e. not a lot. Having said that I did enjoy the gallery and the information centre is very well set up and the staff very helpful.
"The redevelopment of the former Port Pirie Railway Station to create a multi award winning Regional Tourism and Arts Centre is the jewel in the City and region's tourism crown. The Centre is a must for any visitor wishing to engage in a unique cultural experience.
This fully accredited Centre provides excellent facilities including :
¡Interpretive Art Works
¡Famous Silver Tree Fern
¡Public internet access
¡"Totally Loco" Crafts & Gifts
¡Women's Keepsake Garden
¡1.6 km landscaped Heritage Walk
¡Stateline Bus Terminal
¡Coach, caravan & car parking
¡Miniature Steam Railway
For other tourism guides including 'Eating Out', 'Attractions', 'Accommodation' and more please see the 'Visiting Port Pirie' section of our new Tourism based website http://www.piriehasitall.com.au/.
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery
Port Pirie Regional Gallery, which has been operating since 1994, is located at the Tourism & Arts Centre in the heart of Port Pirie. This beautifully designed, award winning "A" Class Gallery, showcases art from the community, regional South Australia and contemporary visual arts and craft from across Australia."
You can't take pictures in the gallery.
We dropped into the old church (pic 2) that is now a busy fish shop. There's an upstairs section as well in this converted building that makes a welcome change from the usual mass takeaway establishment. Much more classy.
There's a nice mix of architecture in the CBD, from Georgian to Federation. Me, I've seen most of all the styles during my trips to Europe but the one thing they don't have is lots of wrought iron balconies, as shown here.
Walking is the best way to see Port Pirie's heritage buildings. Most are in the main city centre, so pick up the self-guided heritage walk leaflet from the tourist information centre. The centre is located on main road, near the Silos.
Some buildings that were located close to each other on the same side of the main street were the Court House, built in 1880, then became the Custom's House in 1964.
Next door was the Post Office, built on the site of the former Telegraph station in 1910, another lovely building.
A few steps away is the Public library, built in 1932. The library is good if you want FREE INTERNET and FREE WIRELESS INTERNET access. You will need to join the Library, so have some ID with you.
THE LIBRARY IS OPEN....Monday to Friday: 09:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 5.00pm Closed Public Holidays
Also in the main street, and across the road from the Court house, is a marvellous old Butcher's shop. Built in 1864 as a shipping and butcher's shop, it is now Sampson's cottage and is heritage accommodation.
Further down the road, is the Family Hotel, built in 1904, and is now a heritage listed building.
This Museum is located in a most beautiful Victorian pavilion style architecture, something I didn't expect to see here! It was the Port Pirie railway station up till 1967, and then the central Police station in 1892.
The building is owned by the national trust and is a Museum featuring railway, shipping, smelting history, police memorabilia, even bridal wear.
OPEN....Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm....Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm
ADMISSION.....Adults $3.50....Children $1.50
In the city centre, I found this church and building named "mission to seafarers."
I was interested in finding out more.
It is a Christian agency who care for seafarers in 250 ports worldwide, Port Pirie happens to be one of them.
It was founded in 1856 to give help and support 1.2 million men of all nationalities and beliefs. On their staff are chaplains, staff and volunteers who give emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services. Separation from loved ones is one of the problems tackled.
It's good as it provides a ‘home away from home’ for seafarers who may have been at sea for up to two years. Here they can enjoy time away from their ship and use internet and phone facilities to get in touch with loved ones after months away.
What a wonderful job is done here, one that would be appreciated.
There are lots of Hotels in Port Pirie, but one that really caught my attention was the Federal Hotel that opened for business in 1890. It is a "wharfies" pub, and it's believed the tower was used for spotting the cargo ships arriving in port.
Located at 160 The Terrace, Port Pirie.
The International Hotel was established in January 1875 as Howe's Hotel and was renamed the International Hotel in 1892. It is a completely different style to the Federal Hotel.
Located at 49 Ellen Street, Port Pirie.
As Port Pirie is an industrial city, you would expect and you do find lots of cheaper housing.
What a surprise was this time, was an area of older style upmarket homes that I found.
Here you will find many different styles of Australian homes, lots with a lovely garden to compliment them.
Port Broughton is a small seaside town located about 58kms from Port Pirie. About 1,000 people live here, and in holiday time, the population swells to 4,000.
Nowhere near as big or busy as Port Pirie, it has a nice beach, parks and picnic area beside the beach, plus a Jetty. No wonder it is a favorite for seaside holidays.
The big Port Broughton Hotel is where the tourist info is located. It's quite an impressive Hotel.
The Hotel's do good priced meals, so check out their notice boards.
It's a nice town for a relaxing holiday.