Things to See and Do
Near Port Augusta, South Australia, Australia
Port Augusta is known as the crossroads of Australia - where roads from Adelaide, the Flinders Ranges, Alice Springs, Perth and Whyalla all intersect. This friendly city sits at the head of Spencer Gulf and is an excellent holiday destination with a number of world class attractions, a wide range of water activities, a relaxing foreshore including playground and barbecue areas, and extensive shopping facilities.
Featured Things to See and Do
Distance is calculated point-to-point. If landmarks, waterways or rivers are nearby, the distance may be further by road.
Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens
Pull out your green thumb and enjoy the Australian Arid Lands Botanical Garden, a must-see on your trip to Port Augusta. It is the only botanic garden in the world that showcases the flora from the southern arid zone of Australia. Enjoy the picturesque walking trails or learn how to create a water-wise garden when you get home. Entry is free and guided walks are available. In the Visitor Centre you can also find a licensed café and gift shop.
Royal Flying Doctor Service Base
Looking for a cheap, guided tour that allows you to experience the wonder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS)? The RFDS offers 30-minute tours, with entry by gold coin donation. See aircraft and crews at work inside the Port Augusta Base, which provides a ‘mantle of safety’ to 840,000 square kilometres of outback South Australia. (Tours Mon-Fri, 10:00am & 2:00pm)
Matthew Flinders/Redcliff Lookout
Excellent views of the Flinders Ranges and the top of the Gulf.
The Great Western Bridge
The old Great Western Bridge was built in 1927 and was replaced by the current bridge in 1972.
Collect a guide map from the Wadlata Visitor centre and take a walking tour around historic buildings and sites in Port Augusta. Tour takes 2 hours to complete.
Flinders Range Water Cruises
Take an amazing eco-cruise through Spencer's Gulf at the junction of the Flinders Ranges. Experience the playfulness of the resident bottlenose dolphins. During late August, sightings of humpback whales are not uncommon.
Port Augusta Golf Course
Home of the Port Augusta Classic - held in the first week of August each year. Situated on Hamilton Road Port Augusta West and accessible from the Stuart & Eyre Highways.
Pichi Richi Railway
As far as museums go, there are few more fascinating than Pichi Pichi Railways, a moving museum, which operates on restored steam and heritage diesel engines on the oldest remaining section of the old Ghan railway between Quorn and Port Augusta and is operated, maintained and managed by volunteer members. Take a full day return adventure from Port Augusta Big4 Holiday Park, which takes you through the beautiful Flinders Ranges.
Port Augusta Outdoor Adventure Centre
The Aquatic Centre welcomes you to learn the following - $20 per session - Monday - Windsurfing / Tuesday - Sailing / Wednesday - Kayaking / Thursday - Canoeing.
RSL Military Memorabilia Museum
This museum boasts the largest display of war memorabilia of its type in regional SA. From the Boer War through both World Wars and to Australia's most recent conflicts. the museum showcases photos, memorabilia and aretecfacts donated or on permanent loan from Port Augusta families. Expierence the Leopard Tank and M2A2 105mm Howitzer up close which was built in 1978 and was used by the Australian Army but never fired a shot.
Wadlata Outback Centre
Wadlata’s “Tunnel of Time” is located at the Information Centre. Walk a while with the Aboriginal people who have lived here for 40,000 years and still live in the land created by their spirit ancestors. Listen to their stories and be moved by their deep relationship to the land that sustains them as part of this State Award Winning attraction. The Tunnel is expansive, interactive and impressive transporting you back to the creation of the Flinders Ranges, learning about fossils, Aboriginal dreaming stories, the Oodnatta track, early explorers, School of the Air, Royal Flying Doctors Service and experience opal fever.