Spending a Day in Port Augusta

Known as ‘the crossroads of Australia’ Port Augusta boasts stunning landscapes and unique cultural experiences for a truly memorable day out. With visitors travelling here from near and far for the annual City of Port Augusta Cup and Golf Week, the town offers a blend of community engagement and a laid-back atmosphere. Discover where to journey on your day in South Australia’s hidden gem.

Discovering Port Augusta 

Once you’ve arrived in Port Augusta, ‘the gateway to the outback’, both the stunning backdrops of the Flinders Mountain range and the coastline of the Spencer Gulf will captivate you. Start your day in this serene landscape with a delicious breakfast at Archers’ Table. Take a seat outside and enjoy the morning sunshine or cosy up inside this locally loved cafe serving gourmet food in a rustic ambience. Delight in breakfast classics like corn and halloumi fritters, or if you fancy something sweet, the waffles are a must. Archers’ is licensed, meaning you can raise a glass to celebrate your South Australian adventure with a morning mimosa or glass of wine to go with your meal - just remember to appoint a designated driver for a memorable day out. From here, head out on a leisurely stroll to the Water Tower Lookout, just 10 minutes from the centre of town. Climb up the stairs and relish in the panoramic views of Port Augusta and the Spencer Gulf. Now’s the perfect time to capture scenic photos and set your sights on what’s to come for the rest of the day.  

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Cultural Exploration 

Cross the bridge from Port Augusta West to reach the Wadlata Outback Centre for an afternoon of cultural exploration. Here, you’ll learn about the region's history and culture including the creatures that roamed the land thousands of years ago, Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and tales of the early settlers in the ‘Tunnel of Time’ exhibit. It'sa great place to gain insight into the Aboriginal heritage, early European settlement and immerse yourself in the local culture. Fancy a hit of golf while in the area? Tee off amongst the breathtaking views of the Flinders Ranges in a peaceful atmosphere at the Stirling North Golf Club before driving north in your Hertz rental car to your next destination - the PichiPichi Railway in Quorn. A tour on the Pichi Richi Explorer is the perfect opportunity to hop on board an authentic heritage railway and journey through ancient landscapes and rich countryside. Remember to bring your camera along to capture scenic shots on your voyage through the Pichi Richi Pass on the unique steam train. 

pichi richi train

The Beauty of the Gardens 

As the afternoon winds down and the evening comes around, drive your rental car back to Port Augusta for a peaceful outing at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden. Showcasing a variety of plants native to arid regions, visitors are invited to take a gentle walk through the gardens and enjoy the harmonious surroundings. With over five gardens to wander, each highlighting plants from different regions and climates, natural beauty is in abundance. Roam the greenery on a guided tour, or roam at your own pace with four different trails to choose from. The Highlights Trail showcases the essential AridSmart garden collection, while the Red Cliff walk takes you to the Red Cliff Lookout for impeccable views of the Spencer Gulf and surrounds. Birdwatchers, you’re in luck. With over 140 species of native birds recorded in the gardens, you’ll see common avians like the spiny-cheeked honeyeater and Australasian Pipit - you may even spot rarer species such as the southern boobook owl and white-bellied sea eagle. 

arid gardens

Dine and Unwind 

The Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout is an idyllic place to watch the sunset, relax and admire stunning views of the Spencer Gulf and the mountain range. Pause here to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and reflect on your journey so far before heading back to town for dinner. The Standpipe is Port Augusta’s award-winning restaurant, specialising in Northern Indian and Modern Australian cuisine for an extensive menu to suit every palate. Plus, the drinks menu features premium South Australian wines for a taste of local excellence. After a delicious dinner, end your night with a stroll along Newtons Beach and consider a short walk up to Camp Point Beach for one last panoramic view of the Gulf and the township. 

 spencer gulf

In the heart of South Australia, Port Augusta stands as a crossroads of adventure, offering awe-inspiring landscapes and rich cultural encounters for an unforgettable day out. From delving into cultural heritage to discovering the beauty of arid landscapes, the town offers both serene moments and a vibrant cultural tapestry.