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Port Augusta

What is your idea of the real South Australia? Explorers, dreamers and legends? You’ll find what you’re looking for in the Flinders Ranges and South Australian outback.

The land is a country of thick, gnarled gum trees, growing alongside stony creeks. There are ruins of farms left by pioneers, beaten back by the harsh landscape. The Flinders Ranges is an ancient and unique part of the world.

It is where you’ll find Australians who live hundreds of kilometres from their nearest neighbour. They wait for the twice-weekly delivery of mail and goods from the outside world, brought by a postman and the few lucky tourists accompanying them.

There are magnificent mountains, glowing red in the sunset, with caps of lichen covered rocks and razored edges. Feel part of nature with emus and kangaroos passing by your campsite. Experience the peace and darkness at night in the bush.

Wedge-tailed eagles soar above the horizon as you tackle the deep, red sand and spinifex of the Simpson Desert or Strzelecki Track. The eyes of the desert lizards will watch, as you stop to see the beauty of Lake Eyre in flood. Feel the burr of the cattle grids under the wheels of your car and mark your journey across this wilderness.

Waterholes and narrow gorges of red rock hide yellow-footed rock wallabies and tiny Lake Eyre dragons. Walk, explore and watch. Listen to Dreamtime stories under the shade of gumtrees.

It’s vast, ancient and seemingly empty. It is full of adventures and a world far removed from any modern city. There’s the strange beauty of the giant, natural amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound and the siren call of the opal fields.

It’s like stepping into a different world.

Port Augusta: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Port Augusta Aquatic and Outdoor Adventure Centre

Situated in the old Port Augusta Yacht Club building right on the water front, the Port Augusta Aquatic and Outdoor Centre has many activities for young and old alike.

Water based activities you can try include kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, and snorkelling - are all taught by qualified instructors or just hire a kayak for a day.

Land based activities such as rock-climbing and abseiling, bushwalking, cycling, team games and orienteering are all available. Bikes are also available for hire. Charges vary depending on activity.

We cater for school groups, youth groups or just a bunch of friends who want to have some fun. Accommodation is also available with a fully equipped kitchen, bunks, and being located right next door to a supermarket makes things so much easier.

The centre is open by arrangement weekends and throughout winter. Please phone and enquire about special summer school holiday activity sessions.

Corner Gibson Street and El Alamein Road
Port Augusta West, SA, 5700

Located 0.2K from Port Augusta

Gladstone Square

Gladstone Square is located in the Port Augusta city centre, on the corner of Jervois Street and Marryatt Street.

This picturesque square complete with rotunda, two gazebos and a barbecue area that provides a shady landscaped grassed patch is suitable for picnic lunches.

Gladstone Square also has a newly upgraded playground with a disable swing and drinking fountain. A key for access to the disabled swing is obtained from the Civic Centre and Library during their opening hours (Library is open seven days a week).

Points of historical interest surround the square, including the old Court House, Water Works Barracks, Presbyterian Church, the Gateway Inn, now a supermarket and several memorials.

The Port Augusta Cultural Centre-Yarta Purtli, the Town Bowling Club and the Port Augusta Public Library and Civic Centre all border Gladstone Square with the Wadlata Outback Centre just a few metres from the southern end of the square.

Corner of Jervois Street and Marryatt Street
Port Augusta, SA, 5700

Located 0.2K from Port Augusta

Wadlata Outback Centre

At the Wadlata Outback Centre you can creep through the jaws of Max, a giant Ripper lizard to begin an unforgettable adventure. Journey back to when the dinosaurs first roamed this land in the Flinders Ranges and Outback's multi-award winning Tunnel of Time.

You can meet the people who first owned, explored and settled in the region. In the G'Day Mate Theatre you'll meet the people who live here today. Learn about fossils, the Mound Springs along the Oodnadatta Track and the Outback's precious Opals and minerals. Go underground at Olympic Dam for a real blast. Listen to the kids on the School of the Air and learn how the Royal Flying Doctor Service meets the medical needs of people in remote areas. Try your hand at Morse code or just relax and watch Tom Cruise's Mail Run.

The Outback Tuckerbox makes great coffee but the Outback Burger with native bush chutney or the Quandong cheesecake is irresistible. The accredited Tourist Information Centre will book your tours and accommodation and is able to provide all your holiday information. The gift shop has an extensive range of books, maps and gifts. Authentic local and regional Aboriginal paintings are also for sale.

41 Flinders Terrace
Port Augusta, SA, 5700

Located 0.3K from Port Augusta

Heritage Walk

A two hour Heritage Walk of Port Augusta will allow you to understand how Port Augusta contributed to the development of the Outback of South Australia. It was once a major shipping port which allowed access to our remote areas.

The walk commences from the Wadlata Outback Centre, 41 Flinders Terrace. If entering the city from the south, turn left at the second set of traffic lights on Victoria Parade. If entering the city from the north, turn right at the second set of traffic lights and look for the windmill.

Details of the recently updated Heritage Walk and a map are included in the local Port Augusta Visitor Guide. The electronic version can be downloaded from the website or is available at information outlets.

Pause a while in Port Augusta and stretch your legs on the Heritage Walk.

41 Flinders Terrace
Port Augusta, SA, 5700

Located 0.3K from Port Augusta

Urramunja Art Centre

Urramunja Art Centre is a professional art gallery exhibiting authentic Aboriginal art from over 28 Aboriginal clan groups from outback South Australia and northern Flinders Ranges. The diversity of the artists produces a rich mix of traditional Aboriginal art and modern images. The coastal proximity, close to the Flinders Ranges, is reflected in the art through a range of diverse subject material and vibrant colours. The gallery contains a unique collection of traditional Aboriginal crafts from wood and egg carving to colourful jewellery and traditional medicine.

Let the Aboriginal artists of the gallery take you on a cultural artistic tour and discover the fascinating world of the Dreamtime. Let them welcome you to their land as they have done to others for over 40,000 years. When you leave you will take with you an understanding of art and culture that has survived for millenniums.

43 Flinders Terrace
Port Augusta, SA, 5700

Located 0.4K from Port Augusta

Great Western Bridge

Before the Great Western Bridge was built, ferry boats and barges were used to cross the Spencer Gulf. The only other way to get to the other side was by land, around the head of the Gulf, a distance of about 12 kilometres.

The Old Great Western Bridge opened in 1927 and was replaced by the existing bridge in 1972.

Today it is used only for recreational purposes. The stone used at each end of the old bridge was obtained from the ruins of the historical hotel in the township of Saltia, Pichi Richi Pass. It was widened and strengthened in 1944 to carry the Morgan to Whyalla pipeline, which supplied Port Augusta with its only assured water supply. The old relic seen on the bank is a barge used by workmen while working on the Morgan to Whyalla pipeline.

Port Augusta, SA, 5700

Located 0.7K from Port Augusta

Old Number Four Barge

On the eastern side of the old bridge are the remains of the Number Four Barge. It was brought from Port Pirie in 1944 to support workmen who were strengthening the bridge for the erection of the Morgan to Whyalla pipeline.

The barge was said to be built in Morgan in the 1880's for carting goods along the Murray.

In approximately 1910 Barges Number One and Number Four were purchased by the Adelaide Steam Tug Company to carry ore from Whyalla to the Port Pirie Smelters.

Foreshore, Old Great Western Bridge
Port Augusta, SA, 5700

Located 0.7K from Port Augusta

Water Tower Lookout

The Water Tower Lookout is surrounded by lovely gardens. This tower was built in 1882 to provide a pressure water supply for the residents of Port Augusta West. From the balcony at the top of this tower you can enjoy excellent views of the town, the Spencer Gulf, the Flinders Ranges and the outback.

Mitchell Terrace
Port Augusta, SA, 5700

Located 1.1K from Port Augusta

Port Augusta: Events

The Illusions of Magic - Port Augusta

South Australia Largest Magic Show is coming to Port Augusta.
Experience the Impossible!
An opportunity to witness an amazing show on the Big Stage featuring a mix of Magic and Grand Illusion with lots of audience participation. An Amazing Event for the Entire Family.
*Grand Illusions
*Magic 7 Comedy
*Quick Change Artistry
*Dove Magic
*Audience Participation

Event Dates
      13th Jan

Hannagan Street
Port Augusta, SA, 5700

Located 2.9K from Port Augusta

Port Augusta: Travel Tips

Port Augusta Visitor Information Centre

The happy, friendly local Tourism Information Officers at Wadlata's accredited Port Augusta, Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Information Centre are able provide comprehensive, up to date, unbiased information and will also book local and regional tours, attractions and accommodation.

As a regional, gateway information centre, Wadlata provides information on Eyre Peninsula, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and other South Australia regions. Wadlata has internet facilities, sells maps, Desert Parks and Mount Remarkable National Park Passes a large range of books, gifts and souvenirs. You are also able to book and shop on line at our website.

Take a break and relax in the Outback Tuckerbox with a great coffee while enjoying some of the excellent food, most of which is made on site. The Outback and the Malu (Kangaroo) Burgers with the Bush Chutney are really popular. The Quandong Cheese Cake and Quandong smoothie are really yummy. Gluten Free and other dietary options are always available. Just ask.

The Flinders Ranges and Outback's "Tunnel of Time" (Interpretive Centre) will take you on a journey that will make you want to get out there and experience the entire region yourself. Don't forget your free Pass Out to return again.

41 Flinders Terrace
Port Augusta, SA, 5700

Located 0.3K from Port Augusta

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