Port Pirie is a destination or stay over city. Time to take breath or time to restock. Although an industrial city, Port Pirie is also a tourism beach resort type place. Port Pirie is clean. Not only is Port Pirie heritage proud, the visitor will find the city very clean. Including the seawater that surrounds the town. Being an industrial steel producing hub the small city has a degree of helter/skelter but that adds to the charm of the place. Visitors more often than not will have a great time at Port Pirie.

The settlement was founded in 1845.  The town was originally called Samuel's Creek after the discovery of Muddy Creek by Samuel Germein. In 1846, Port Pirie Creek was named by Governor Robe after the John Pirie, the first vessel to navigate the creek when transporting sheep from Bowman's Run near Crystal Brook

Port Pirie is the site of the world's largest lead smelter operator. Port Pirie also produces refined silver, zinc, copper and gold. The 202 metre ‘smoke stack’ is one of the tallest in the world.

The three down town hotels in Port Pirie are all well over 100 years old.

The Memorial Gardens and the gates to the sports ground are the acknowledgements to those that served and fell for the country.

The Port Pirie Museum is the old rail way station. Along with the other magnificently preserved buildings. This is the heritage quarter of the port.

The Catholic Church (nearly cathedral) is the most modern of the main denominations. The Anglican is well over 100 years old. The United likewise.

Barnacle Bill being a reminder of faith/ commercial relevance.

The traveler will find there is a lot to delight and enjoy at Port Pirie. For those that stay at the ‘by the shore’ caravan park you will be also entertained by the 8 am swimmer/ opera for about 30 minutes as he swims by each day. Enjoy Port Pirie.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course