Port Augusta   
538km south of Coober Pedy, Situated at the northern tip
of Spencer Gulf, port Augusta is the most northerly port in South Australia
and an important link on the east-west Indian Pacific Railway as well as
the famous Ghan train to Alice Springs.

 History of Port Augusta - Early European Exploration
In 1802 Matthew Flinders explored the area surrounding present day Port Augusta. From that time until thee rapid pastoral expansion into the region after 1848, only handful of visits are documented and three of them were by the explorer E.J.Eyre.
Settlement
By 1851, pastoral leases extended into the Flinders Ranges as far north as leigh Creek.
Wool merchant and parliamentarian. Thomas Elder, urged the Government to survey a harbour and layout a township, which was done in 1852-3. Port Augusta township allotments, bounded by present-day Flinders Terrace, Gibson Street, Tassie Street and the National Highway One were sold by auction in Adelaide in Adelaide the following year. Many were speculatively bought by prominent Adelaide businessmen such as Thomas and george Elder, L.R. Hall, John Hallett, e and J. Stirling, h. noltenius, Robert Torrens, Alfred Watts and phillip Levi. That year one of Thomas Elders employees, A.D. tassie, established a wool store near the beach at the end of what is today Port Augusta's main street, Commercial Road.
(The site is now occupied by Woolworths Supermarket)...


the Crossroads of Australia.
It's a visitor friendly city and we're proud of our slogan - Stay a while, you'll be glad you did.
We have every facility you'll need and there are plenty of activities to keep you on the go.
Port Augusta has some excellent fishing, with good catches all year round.


  Port Augusta is rich
in attractions - Visits

   School of the Air
The School of the Air and see how children of the outback are educated. learn about a school with a rich histirical background where modern technology has been embraced. Open from 10.00am on school days only and the Royal.
- Ph:(08) 8642 2077 - Port Augusta
 

 







•  Flying Doctor Service

  Homestead Park pionner
  Museum Which refletss the region's pioneering era

•  Ghan Preservation Society Inc. - Ph:(08) 8955 5047
  Fountain Gallery and Curdnatta
•  Art and Pottery Gallery.


•  The Australian ARID LANDS BOTONIC GARDEN

- 80 ectares of Walking Tracks - Ph:(08) 8641 1049. - Email:
aridlands@wadarid.mtx.net