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WHERE TO EAT?

There are two of the best places to eat in Port Augusta within a 400 meter walk from the Crossroads Ecomotel. Ian’s Western is a new BISTRO type restaurant a short walk back towards the Gulf. Meals are good, inexpensive and the ambiance is fresh and modern. The Standpipe, in the other direction, provides authentic Indian cuisine and traditional Australian fare.

Directly opposite the Ecomotel, the Shell Service Station is open 24/7 and has a Coles Mini-mart with great service for all you basic essentials.

Ian’s Chicken Hut is a 100 meter walk down the road.

Further into town, you have many options ranging from some of the best Pub meals at -​

  • Café Primo Italian meals 
  • Golden Pearl - Chinese Fish and Chips at
  • Gotta-be-Fish  - Fish and Chips, Pizza
  • Indian Indulgences & take away - another indian restaurant

 Hotels include:-

  • Flinders Hotel
  • Commonwealth Hotel
  • Hannaville Hotel 
  • Pastoral Hotel
  • Augusta Hotel

all have good pub meals.

 

Most Hotels close for meals at 8.30 pm and after that there is only the fast food and take away places that include McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Subway, Eagle Boys, Vince’s, Hungry Jacks and Barnacle Bills.

Breakfast options are limited to the Mogas Service Station (opens at 6.00am and just 400 meters down the road), McDonalds (24 hrs), Café Primo, two small coffee shops on the main street (Ozzie and Peppers) and The Office (near Coles).

Unfortunately there is no place to enjoy a bite to eat or have a drink overlooking the Gulf waters as this is strategically occupied by a car park & Woolworths/Big W - loading Zone. 

 

WHAT TO DO?

Port Augusta is a major transport hub with road and rail taking over from sailing ships and camel trains. Major industries include the coal fired power station which is closing in March 2016 with the loss of over 400 jobs. Railways were rationalised in the 80s and these days Port Augusta is a major regional service centre for outback SA.

With a population of about 13,000, it is also the Crossroads of Australia and people traveling to and from the major urban centres of Perth, Darwin, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane have to pass through Port Augusta. Port Augusta may not be a tourist destination but like most places, it has an interesting history and great places to visit, if you know where. 

Arid Land Botanic Gardens is a great place to have a coffee and cake, learn about our wonderful native plants and view native birds. It has a nice café and information centre made of rammed earth and is a short 1.5 km drive from the Motel.

Matthew Flinders lookout with views over the gulf and Flinders Ranges. The visitor centre is open from 9.00am-5.00 pm (Monday to Friday) and 10.00am to 4.00pm on weekends.

Wadlata Outback Centre is an interesting place for young and old. The Tunnel of Time combines geological history with that of the Aboriginals and white settlers. All your information needs can be met here for the Flinders Ranges, Outback and trips across the Nullarbor, to Darwin or other destinations within South Australia. Opening hours Mon-Fri 9.00am-5.30pm.  Sat-Sun 10am-4pm.

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Pichi Richi steam train journey travels part of the old narrow gauge Ghan railway line. It carries passengers from Quorn to Port Augusta through the Pichi Richi Pass via Woolshed flat and back.  TO BOOK CALL 1800 440 101

Old water tower for 360 degree views of the city, gulf and Flinders Ranges and magnificent sunsets, a short stroll from the Motel.

 

Galleries and museums

Curdnatta Art Gallery at the railway station

Port Augusta Cultural Centre (Yart Purtli) at the old Gaol (Jail).

Royal Flying Doctor Service

RSL Museum of military memorabilia.

 

For the active and sporty types there are many sporting clubs, walks and water activities to be enjoyed. A swim in the gulf or local swimming pool is great in the hot weather and you can join in the local lawn bowls or have a game of golf and enjoy first class facilities. Local sporting clubs operate all year round and provide meals and entertainment during their relevant seasons. You can also hire a kayak or bike at the Port Augusta Outdoor Adventure Centre on the southern end of the main wharf.

There are several parks and lookouts that have facilities or are just interesting places to visit.

Apex Park: Flinders Terrace.

Braddock Park (Main Oval Complex): Highway one

Foreshore:  Located just at the back of Big W and Woolworths.

Homestead Park Pioneer Museum:   Elsie Street,   Phone 8642 2035

Lions Park: Highway One BBQ facilities available there.

Matthew Flinders Redcliff Lookout:   Via Arid Lands Botanic Gardens

Rotary Park Old Water-tower Lookout: Mitchell St (500m from Ecomotel and a nice walk)

Chinnery Park:  Donaldson Tce, Home to Port Augusta West Football Club.

Great Western Bridge: Old Bridge over the gulf

Joy Baluch BridgeHighway One

For full details of what is available locally please ask at reception, look at the VISITOR GUIDE enclosed or visit Wadlata Outback Centre, the local Tourism Information Centre.

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Wadlata Outback Centre         41 Flinders Tce Port Augusta

                                              Opening hours:-

                                              Mon-Fri 9am-5.30

                                              Sat-Sun 10am-4pm

OWNERS RECOMMENDATION

If you have a spare half day, visit the nearby Flinders Rangers with their impressive geological history and magnificent views. There are many quality accommodation options and things to do and if you enjoy bushwalking or the outdoors, please take the time to visit.

For an introduction to the Flinders Ranges, take a drive through Horrocks pass to Wilmington visiting Hancocks Lookout on the way. Just out of town on the southern side is the road to Alligator Gorge, an enchanting walk through an ancient riverbed canyon. You will need to buy a $10 pass per vehicle from Wadlata (or online) but this has to be the best value money can buy. Be careful not to feed the local alligators.

Then take the drive up to Quorn, a once thriving railway town, stuck in time and the scene of many Australian movies. There are many funky café’s and historical buildings including the old railway building. Have a meal and traditional milkshake at Emilie’s Bistro in the old Emporium and head back to Port Augusta through the Pitchi Richi Pass