Port Augusta is located 306km northwest of Adelaide on the Spencer Gulf. This city is a popular and convenient stopover point for interstate travellers and the gateway to exploring the Flinders Ranges National Park and South Australia’s outback.
The foreshore is a beautiful spot to relax, picnic, barbeque and swim during the warmer months. The jetty and pontoons at Main Beach make fun for all and a walkway follows the waterway along the foreshore where there are plenty of facilities.
Beautiful views of the Spencer Gulf and Flinders Ranges in the background can be seen from Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout, behind the botanic gardens off Stuart Hwy. Standing atop the red cliffs you can appreciate the rugged beauty of the ranges and the calm gulf waters.
The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden on Stuart Highway north of town features a variety of water-smart arid plants from Australia’s desert regions. The Flinders Ranges as a backdrop makes a pleasant walk through the gardens viewing the different plant species and particularly the magnificent Sturt Desert Peas. The desert is home to some stunning wildflowers. The gardens are open daily from 7.30am to sunset and have a licensed restaurant.
The Water Tower Lookout
on Mitchell Terrace offers fabulous views over town, the Spencer Gulf and Flinders Ranges. Just a short climb to the top and the panorama is unveiled.
This town’s award winning premier entertainment attraction for tourists is the Wadlata Outback Centre
on Flinders Terrace. The interpretive centre provides tourist information, sells aboriginal art and souvenirs, serves food and beverages at the Outback Tuckerbox and best of all is the Tunnel of Time. The series of interactive displays covers fossils, outback wildlife, aboriginal culture, European exploration, outback living and modern mining. The tunnel also features an outback picture show. The centre is open daily.
Port Augusta is where the outback meets the sea. The modern seaside city in a desert-like setting is blessed with its fabulous waterway, mountain views and close vicinity to tourist attractions such as the Flinders Ranges and Eyre Peninsula.
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