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Port Augusta to the Flinders Ranges & Outback is
what Broome is to the Kimberly &
Outback!Port Augusta & the region has for years been
overlooked generally due to outdated stigmas from persons
who have never been to the region or never taken the time
to explore.Just remember when
travelling 'Nothing is not worth
Come & see why more people are staying longer for a better
look in the region. Follow the links to find some world class
experiences. Port Augusta is shedding its industrial image with
its Seaside, Flinders Ranges & Outback overtones now being
˜There is no piece of country in
South Australia more steeped in
colourful history than this stretch
of rugged range & sandy plain
touched with the tip of Spencers
Gulf which made Port Augusta the
Gateway, not only to the Flinders
but to the vast interior of the
Renowned Flinders Ranges
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Video from Baxter Ranges towards Flinders
Click to view Aerial tour of Port Augusta
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The Wadlata Outback Centre is the winner of six
South Australian Tourism Awards is proudly owned and operated
by the Port Augusta City Council.
Wadlata is a multi functional tourist attraction that
* a nationally accredited Visitor Information Centre
* a Gift Shop
* the Outback Tuckerbox
* world class outback interpretive centre called the "Outback's
Tunnel of Time".
Wadlata is recognised as a must see and do for all visitors
travelling to the Flinders Ranges and the Outback Region or
those en-route to the Northern Territory, Eyre Peninsula,
Western Australia or to the southern areas of South
The Outbacks "Tunnel of Time" has a huge number of
interpretive, interactive, three dimentional displays that
provide a fun learning experience for the whole family.
The award winning exhibition will give you a taste and a better
understanding of the Flinders Ranges and Outback Region, while
providing you with samples of places to visit and things you
could see and do on your visit to our Region.
For more information go to the Wadlata Website.
Arid Lands Botanic Park
Commanding superb views of
the spectacular Flinders Ranges, the Australian Arid Lands
Botanic Garden showcases a range of arid zone environments
within an area of 20 hectares.
Also featured are special
conservation areas where the natural flora can be enjoyed, an
extensive network of meandering tracks and an Eremophila garden
which may well be the world's largest!
For more information visit the Arid Lands
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Renowned local Artist Georgie Sharp has an
amazing on line photo book of the Australian Arid Lands Botanic
Park click here to view...
Port Augusta is fast becoming the
holiday play ground of Northern South Australia. With the calm
scenic waters of the upper Spencer gulf & at the foot of
the magnificent Flinders Ranges it is an ideal base for further
exploration of the surrounding area.Click to visit Port Augusta Council
You can now take
the Pichi Richi Steam Railway between Port
Augusta and Quorn through the Flinders Ranges and the trip
is a delight. One of the best ways to see Port Augusta or
the Flinders Ranges is taking a tour with Wallaby Tracks Adventure Tours
Visit the Wadlata Outback Centre and learn all about the
area, its origins, the local aboriginal culture, and the
geographical formation of the Flinders Ranges.
Just north of the city the Arid Lands Botanic Park offering
fascinating insights into how flora and fauna survive in the
Take a short walk from the motel to the water-tower lookout to
get exceptional views over the city and the ranges.
As Port Augusta is a major service centre for Nothern South
Australia we have a vast array of shopping options from major chain
retailers to smaller independant retailers.
You should begin your explorations with a trip to the Wadlata
Outback Centre which has all the information you need to make
your stop-over informative and enjoyable. For more information
on the Flinders Ranges & Outback go to www.flindersoutback.com/ or www.flindersrangescouncil.sa.gov.au
Port Augusta is a major service centre for
Northern South Australia complete with a full spectrum of
service & shopping facilities from national chains to
local retailers. Whether its groceries, clothing, camping,
banking, repairs or fuel Port Augusta can fill your
Port Augusta is positioned at the foot of the magnificent
Flinders Ranges, making it an excellent staging point for
exploring this world renowned icon. With the top of Spencers
Gulf at the base of the Flinders Ranges this region offers some
extrordinary contrasts to the traditional Flinders Ranges
experience. One way to get a very unique Flinders Ranges
experience is to take a cruise along this scenic ranges lined
For more information visit www.flindersoutback.com/ or go to
the Quorn Adventure Group Website
Watch Flinders Ranges Short Video....
With Port Augusta's location at the junction of the Flinders
Ranges, Outback, Yorke & Eyre Peninsulas it makes it ideal
as a base to do short self drive tours. Follow the links to
Please note these above suggestions for self drive tours
should not be done without seeking further directions &
information. All times are approximations & you should
always drive to the prevailing conditions.
Kangaroos as well as other wildlife are common
occourances in the area especially around dawn & dusk
always drive with caution.
Tour around the top of the gulf, this very scenic drive only
takes around 40 minutes & takes in a diverse range of
scenery including Flinders Ranges, Outback & a very unique
coastal aspect. Technically if you start on the Western side
you travel along the last of the Eyre Peninsula around the top
of Spencer's Gulf then down the Yorke Peninsula.
The Western or Eyre Peninsula side has an outback setting
with long relatively flats & views to the Baxter Ranges to
the west as shown below.
Then you get to the top of the gulf & Yorkeys Crossing
as it is known. You can see from the below photos the very tip
of Spencers Gulf & the salt plains that it turns into.
As you head down the Eastern side or Yorke Penninsula the
outback rises into Flinders Ranges & sandy wooded
This road is unsealed but usually fairly good
being the Port Augusta heavey vehicle bypass, please seek
further information especially after rain. As it has low
traffic numbers its also a good idea to let someone you are
doing the drive.
Whyalla & Point Lowly
Whyalla & Point Lowly are only 50 minutes drive South of
Port Augusta along the Eyre Peninsula. A great idea is to
travel to Whyalla check out the visitor information centre,
then visit the adjoining maritime musuem & take a walk
around the HMAS Whyalla(pictured below). After that travel to
Point Lowly to travel along the scenic coastal Freycinet Trail
to Fitzgerald Bay. This is one of the most scenic drives around
giving views of Spencer Gulf & Flinders Ranges.
Whyalla like Port Augusta is quiet often not regarded for
its tourism aspect yet boasts some great attractions. Including
beaches, monster Snapper, giant Cuttlefish, steelworks, views
of the Flinders Range & Outback. I highly recomend taking a
time to explore this area for more information visit
Tourism Eyre Penninsula's website or
The Blanche Harbour shacks is Port Augusta's Playground.
First settled as fishermans shacks, then transformed into
holiday homes. Now with the sealing of the road many Port
Augusta residents have made a sea change to make this there
This drive has goes down the Eyre peninsula along the
Baxter Ranges with views across Spencer Gulf to the majestic
The road is currently sealed down to around the 15km mark.
Whilst there is no beach access you can stop along the side of
the road to take in the views of the Flinders Ranges &
Baxter Ranges. Sunset is the best time to watch the Flinders
Ranges go through a spectacular colour spectrum also watching
the sun come up over the Flinders Ranges is another marvel of
the area for those who get up early.
Quorn is only 30min drive into the Flinders Ranges through
the winding Quorn Pass, making it an ideal drive for lunch,
morning or afternoon tea. Whilst Quorn is a small country town
it has a range of Hotels & cafes you can choose from.
For more information on things to do in Quorn visit the
Quorn Adventure Group Website.
Pichi Richi Railway
Quorn is also the home of the Pichi Richi
Railway please contact Pichi Richi to see if the train is
Port Augusta is Australia's Big Kingfish
MASSIVE Kingfish are caught in Port Augusta waters. To
see one of the biggest Kingfish caught & released
Click on the following link to Adventure Bound it can
also be bought on DVD via the website. Click here...
Robin Sharp from 'Top O
Gulf Marine' has all the inside gossip plus all your
needs to catch the big one Click
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