Port Augusta is known as the site of the crossroads of Australia. Located on the fringe of Australia's outback in South Australia, it is the junction of the major routes to Darwin, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney. Port Augusta ia also the home of the unusual air bases, School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a must for outback families due to the remoteness of the vast outback region. Port Augusta was established in 1852 as a wool port, now it main industries are the transporting of goods and services to the isolated residents of the outback, and to supply electricity to most of South Australia.
Arid lands Botanic Gardens
The Arid lands Botanic Gardens has a combination of native flora displays as well as bushwalking trails.You can enjoy some wonderful views of the Flinder's Ranges whilst enjoying a coffee in the cafe (08 8641 1049).
Located next door to the Wadlata Outback Centre, this is a venue for touring art exhibitions, including many Aboriginal artists and their works.
Homestead Park Pioneer Museum
This museum has displays of the pioneering days of the area and the machinery used to start the settlement. Elsie Street (08 8642 2035).
Wadlata Outback Centre
This centre explains the geological history of the area, Aboriginal beliefs and the early european treks through the outback region. Flinders Terrace
Pichi Richi Railway – This amazing railway operates between Port Augusta and Quorn in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Along with the Afghan Express the Pichi Ricji Explorer takes you on a beautifully scenic journey through the Flinders Ranges. These trains use either old diesel engines or steam. The old genuine timber carriages, some of which are up to 115 years old. Enjoy several trips taking from 2 to six hours. Paula Duggan