Port Augusta is called the crossroads of Australia, as anyone driving from Perth or Darwin to Sydney/ Adelaide / Melbourne will pass through this small town. It's a stunning spot where the red Australian desert meets the blue Australian sea and located at the very tip of the Eyre Peninsula. If you're passing through I recommend you stop by and spend at least a day, and here's a Top 5 List of Things to do while in Port Augusta:
1. Visit Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden This unique botanic gardens is one of a kind, as it only has plants native to the area. It's a lovely place to wander and see the local trees, and plants, and learn about true Australian botany, as well as enjoying a desert experience. They have walks to go on of various distances, native plants to purchase and a lovely café where you can try some of the local quandgong ice cream, and a variety of other treats. Arid Lands Website
This is both the tourist information centre and has an informative museum for kids where they can learn all about life in the outback, and see the tunnel of time and how Australia's past has developed to become what it is today. It's a tuckerbox cafe as well, and has Wifi for those tourists wanting to download their emails. Wadlata Website
3. Ride a piece of history with Pitchi Richi Railway The Pitchi Richi trains don't stop here all year, so be sure to check their website as to when they are running: they are seasonal and there may be more during school holidays than an average work day. You can catch these historic steam trains all the way from here to through to Quorn. It's an authentic way to experience a piece of Australia's Steam train history. Pitchi Richi Website.
While at the station I also recommend you stop in at the lovely new café at the railway station, Mama Lou's. It offers true Aussie unpretentious grub served in a lovely retro setting and is a great way to start your journey. And if you have the time, and it's open there is also the Platform Gallery that is run by the local craft community, where you can find local fibre artists and their work.
4. Yarta Purtli Gallery This is the main art gallery, and well worth a visit. It has a great selection of local artists and is very active in the community, be it with markets, exhibitions, dances or other cultural events. Be sure to stop in and see what they have going on and what exhibitions are worth seeing while there. Website Yart Purtli
5. Standpipe Indian Restaurant and Motor Inn I've travelled through India and eaten in numerous Indian restaurants both in Australia and abroad. I would list this as up there as one of the best that I've been too, which is an unexpected surprise in a smaller country town. I had a mixed plate, which gave me the opportunity to sample a range of dishes each one of them delicious. I would put this on the top place to eat in Port Augusta, and it's also set in an historic building, which is now also a motor inn, should you also be looking for a place to sleep. Standpipe Website
For travellers passing through, who are looking for Wifi, the best place is the library, which is another cultural hub of the town. Be sure to enjoy the scenery, the red Australian outback, as well as the laid back life style and the all that things that Port Augusta offers.