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Port Augusta

Country
Australia
State
Northern Territory
City
Port Augusta
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Port Augusta is not only the perfect place to stay it is also the perfect crossroads to wherever you want to go. Whether heading west across the Nullarbor to Western Australia, north to Alice Springs in Northern Territory, east to Broken Hill in New South Wales, or south to Adelaide you can get there from Port Augusta.

The busy city was established in 1854 and has a very interesting Outback Centre featuring displays on Aboriginal and Outback history and other interesting things to do. You can also join tours around the Northern Power Station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, both of which are very interesting and informative.

Heading north out of town you will come across the beautiful Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, with some marvellous walks around the 250 hectares of land. You also shouldn’t miss the Apex Camel Cup held in August/September.

There is a selection of accomodation in Port Augusta many serving meals as well. You can get to Port Augusta by train or bus. Both the Ghan (heading to Northern Territory) and the Indian Pacific (heading to Western Australia) pass through Port Augusta. All of the buses leave from the bus station on McKay Street, with Premier Stateliner offering local services and Greyhound Pioneer offering long distance services.



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How to Reach

 By Bus

Premier Stateliner (tel (08) 8415 5555) and Greyhound (tel 1300 473 946) buses go to Adelaide. Premier Stateliner also go to Ceduna, Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Woomera and Roxby Downs and Greyhound heads north to Alice Springs. Buses stop at the coach terminal on McKay Street.

Train

Port Augusta lies at the crossroads of two long-distance rail lines: the Ghan (Adelaide to Darwin) and the Indian Pacific (Sydney to Perth). The Pitchi Ritchi Railway has trains to Quorn in the foothills of the Flinders Ranges. The train station is on Stirling Road.

Key places to visit
Arid Lands Botanic Garden, Great Western Bridge, Gladstone Square, Alan Mclellan Lookout


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Places to Visit

Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden is 500 acre garden with spectacular views to the ancient Flinders Ranges. It showcases the amazing, diverse collections of flora that can be found throughout the arid zones of Australia.

Don't miss the nationally-significant collection of rare and threatened, bush tucker and medicinal arid-zone plants, as well as themed plant displays along the 12 kilometres of walking tracks.

The Red Cliff Loop will take you past the plants collected by botanist Robert Brown in 1802, together with the Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout providing stunning views.

Discover the beautiful Eremophila Garden, the desert-loving plant, with its intriguing art sculptures. You can also spy on the 150 species of birds from the bird hides or watering points along the way, but you must inspect the AridSmart Display to design your own arid garden at home.

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.

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, a barbecue area that provides a shady landscaped patch suitable for picnic lunches and a playground. All have been donated by the Lions Service Club.

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

Alan Mclellan Lookout

A stone cairn marks the spot where Captain Matthew Flinders stepped ashore on 10 March 1802. The cairn was built in 1967 and named after Alan McLellan, an early historian of Port Augusta. The lookout is situated in Whiting Parade at the end of Edinburgh Terrace, and provides a good view of the Spencer Gulf, the Northern and Thomas Playford Power Stations and the picturesque Flinders and Bluff Ranges.

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