10 Things to Do in Port Augusta That You Shouldn't Miss

August 20, 2017 Marianna Hollaway

Discover the best top things to do in Port Augusta, Australia including Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, Wadlata Outback Centre, Water Tower Lookout, Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout, Port Augusta Cultural Centre - Yarta Purtli, Hannahville Hotel, Homestead Gardens, RSL Military Museum, Port Augusta Train Park, Curdnatta Artists' Platform Gallery.
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1. Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Stuart Highway, Port Augusta, South Australia 5000, Australia +61 427 840 391
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4.5 based on 296 reviews

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden was established in 1993 to research, conserve and promote the wider appreciation of Australia’s arid zone flora. Located on the shores of Upper Spencer Gulf with spectacular views to the ancient Flinders Ranges, the Garden showcases a diverse collection of arid zone habitats in a picturesque setting of more than 250 hectares.As well as its stunning selection of arid zone plants, the garden is also home to more than 100 species of birds, and has a diverse population of repltiles, mammals and insects.It features a children's animal discovery trail, AridSmart display Gardens where you can see how to use the plants in you home garden, and a visitor centre, which incorporates the Bluebush Cafe and the AridSmart Gift and Garden Shop. The cafe has mouthwatering menu choices and you can't go past the Quandong Smoothies. The AridSmart Gift and Garden Shop is where you can purchase a piece of the garden to take home. Its range of AridSmart plants will not only reduce your water bills but will bring the beauty of Australia's plants into your garden.

Reviewed By Smoltman - Courtenay, Canada

My wife is a fantastic gardener so this visit was a must. After having a great lunch we ventured out in the sun and did a walkabout! Lots to see and the plants are well marked and named. Make sure you read the info signs...MoreHi Smoltman, Thanks for the review - I'm really glad you got to explore our beautiful garden.

2. Wadlata Outback Centre

41 Flinders Tce, Port Augusta, South Australia 5700, Australia +61 8 8641 9193
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4.5 based on 195 reviews

Wadlata Outback Centre

Weekdays 9am-5pm, Weekends & Public holidays 10am-4pm It is free to enter the Wadlata Outback Centre, a major tourism attraction and accredited Visitor Information Centre for Port Augusta, the Flinders Ranges & Outback. A tour through Wadlata's Award winning Interpretive Display,the "Tunnel of Time", is a must see and do (fees apply). You could walk through the Time tunnel in 10 minutes or spend up to 5 hours exploring to find out where the dinosaurs first roamed this land. Be introduced to the people who first owned, explored and settled the region along with those who live there today. The Centre"s cafe, the Outback Tuckerbox has a great selection of meals,cakes and coffee. Staff at the accredited Visitor Information Centre can assist with accommodation, tours and can supply all the information you need for your stay in our Region and for your trip ahead. The gift shop has a great range of Australian Made gifts, a range of native bush foods, maps, books and general souvenirs suitable for all age groups.

Reviewed By lisa4864 - Arnhem, Australia

I liked the idea of the tunnel taking you through the stages of time. I found the DVDs fascinating in the visual way they showed how the continents separated over time. I wish they showed this type of stuff at school. The travelling DVDs were...MoreHi Lisa, thank you for taking the time to review Wadlata's 'Tunnel of Time". It is great to hear how much you enjoyed it.

3. Water Tower Lookout

Mitchell Terrace, Port Augusta, South Australia, Australia
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4 based on 58 reviews

Water Tower Lookout

Reviewed By Enjoy_the_breeze

The top level is within what used to be the water tank. It has 4 large windows cut into the sides and a wooden floor. You can stop and look at views from each level on the way up but the top level has the best views. Toilets are in the park across the road from the water tower.

4. Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout

Port Augusta, South Australia 5700, Australia
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout

Reviewed By 473graemen - Bacchus Marsh, Australia

This is within the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens and can be easily driven to. This lookout gives a view across the desert type country with the red cliffs and Port Augusta all visible. Well worth a look.

5. Port Augusta Cultural Centre - Yarta Purtli

6 Beauchamp Lane, Port Augusta, South Australia 5700, Australia +61 8 8641 9176
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Port Augusta Cultural Centre - Yarta Purtli

Reviewed By Justretired617 - Bega, Australia

This is one of the best cultural Exhibitions we have visited. Informative and interactive. It's excellent.

6. Hannahville Hotel

30 Gibson St, Port Augusta, South Australia 5700, Australia +61 8 8642 2921
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Hannahville Hotel

Reviewed By Jackab115 - Sydney, Australia

The hotel had a pleasant dining room with good food at reasonable prices. We contacted the owner and he picked us from our caravan park in the courtesy van - then after the meal returned us to our caravan sites. This is a handy initiative...MoreThank you for acknowledging our effort in trying to make your Port Augusta stay more enjoyable.

7. Homestead Gardens

15 Mary Mackillop Rd, Port Augusta, South Australia 5700, Australia +61 8 8643 6996
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Homestead Gardens

Reviewed By Sue N

Lovely site with interesting structures well located. How would that look in my garden? Worth a visit for gardeners. Could find a site map though.

8. RSL Military Museum

15 Fulham Rd, Port Augusta, South Australia 5700, Australia +61 8 8642 3265
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5 based on 3 reviews

RSL Military Museum

Reviewed By JohnG3121 - Greater Melbourne, Australia

great rsl museum that has a good collection of decorations and medals. the main highlight is the tank out the front

9. Port Augusta Train Park

Seaview Road, Port Augusta, South Australia 5700, Australia
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Port Augusta Train Park

Reviewed By ShelleyEllis

The Port Augusta Scout Group attended the train park for their linking ceremony in May and had an absolute ball!!! The volunteers were more than accomodating and great with the kids. Everyone (including parents and leaders) had a ride on the trains... This incuded a lap with our Cub Leader holding our flag. It's great to see all the fantastic work that has been done at the park. I Highly Recommend the Park to everyone of all ages, great prices and an adventure like no other in Port Augusta. Thanks for the great day guys!!!

2 Stirling Rd | Port Augusta Railway Station, Port Augusta, South Australia 5700, Australia +61 418 837 534
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Curdnatta Artists' Platform Gallery

Curdnatta Art Group are now located at the port Augusta Railway Station. We have 50 years of experience and offer space for local artists to meet, work and sell their work. Our products are unique, excellent quality and affordable.

Reviewed By willowwindy

Wonderful to see the range of local artists all coming together to showcase this wonderful region. Lovely location with cafe close by.

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