Heading north up the gulf and into warmer weather the traveler will reach Port Augusta. A nice place this is. Plenty of character, heritage management plus a clear evidence of community pride will ensure an extended stop over.

Port Augusta is a natural harbour which was settled on 24 May 1852 by Alexander Elder and John Grainger. The port was named after Augusta Sophia, Lady Young, the wife of the Governor of South Australia, Sir Henry Edward Fox Young.

Port Augusta’s growth in the early days was tied to the growth of rail. The standard gauge Adelaide-Darwin railway was finally completed in 2003. Port Augusta is also a stop on the Indian Pacific trans-continental train service on the Sydney–Perth railway and on the Ghan service between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin.

The hotels in Port Augusta are old and heritage candidates.

The Churches likewise are old and have character.

The War Memorial Gardens are a fitting tribute. Take the time to absorb.

The Museums give a good insight into the history of the town.

Port Augusta is a really nice spot and earns a stopover at a minimum.

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