A guide to Port Augusta

Team member Rebecca takes us on a tour of her home town
BY Sundrop Farms
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We currently have farms in Australia, Portugal and the USA, and are working on lots of exciting projects around the globe.

We love the places where our farms are located, and more importantly could not have achieved all that we have without the support of local people and partners.

For this week’s blog we asked Rebecca, a team member and local resident in Port Augusta, Australia, to tell us a little bit more about the town:

Port Augusta is known as the ‘crossroads of Australia’, and sits at the tip of the Spencer Gulf close to the Outback. Its unique geographic position means that it is a major service centre for travellers, as it is the intersection for roads from Adelaide, the Flinders Ranges, Alice Springs, Perth and Whyalla. The city is framed by the stunning Flinders Rangers and the Spencer Gulf, offering immense natural beauty and incredible wildlife on our doorstep. Here are a few must-sees when visiting our bustling town.

Roadsign

 

The Wadlata Outback Information Centre

As the name suggests, this is the place to discover more about the Outback, with regular displays covering themes like the Aboriginal Dreamtime, early exploration and the European settlement of the Port Augusta region.

The Arid Lands Botanic Garden

This unique oasis displays an unusual mix of native bush and wonderful plantings of desert flora. They have established Australia’s largest collection of Eremophila species, which are highly adapted to arid areas. As well as plants you may also spot some of Port Augusta’s wildlife.

Pichi Richi

For dedicated railway enthusiasts and trainspotters, nearby Quorn offers historic train rides through beautiful countryside. In recent years the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society has been active in restoring locomotives, with some dating from the late 1800s

Pichi richi

The Standpipe Motor Inn.

This award-winning Indian restaurant is an all-time favourite for locals and travellers alike.  First established as an outback hotel in 1883, it was final watering spot for Afghan cameleers before they ventured into the dry, dusty north. The original 1883 homestead has now been lovingly restored into a dining room and hotel, serving some of the best food in the area.

Standpipe

Where to next?