Port Pirie is located 249km northwest of Adelaide on the Spencer Gulf, with the Southern Flinders Ranges as a backdrop. The seaside township is home to the largest integrated lead and zinc smelter in the world as well as the largest White Pointer Shark ever caught in Australia.
The world’s largest lead and zinc smelter offers tours at the plant on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays which last for about 2 hours. You can see and learn of the town’s industrial success and largest local employer by booking a guided tour of the plant through the local tourism centre. Operating here since 1889, Nyrstar is a large scale global supplier of several metals and alloys worldwide.
The town’s former railway station has been converted into the Regional Tourism and Arts Centre. This is where you’ll find a replica of Australia’s longest White Pointer caught in South Australian waters. Learn about the enormous fish and how it was caught and view the fibreglass replica for a small fee. “Shakka”, the 23 year old female shark was caught in Germein Bay after becoming entangled in the anchor rope of a fishing vessel. Her original jaws and teeth are also available for viewing here. The centre is open daily and features two art galleries with many local and Australian pieces of artwork on display.
Fishing is a popular pastime here and the Fishermen’s Jetty is usually bustling with activity. Anglers can wet a line from the jetty, wharfs, bridge, sand flats or launch a boat and cruise the local waterways. Common species caught here include Bream, Salmon Trout, Tommy Ruffs, Garfish and Mullet. Crabbing is also common here and the season runs from September to April.
Port Pirie has several caravan parks, some close to the beach and with views of the Flinders Ranges. It is a convenient stopover when exploring the coastal peninsulas in South Australia.
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