Port Augusta, South Australia

Author: Tahlia Maynard   Date Posted:20 January 2017 

Often referred to as Australia’s Crossroads, Port Augusta is the place where the roads to Perth, Adelaide, Alice Springs, and the Flinders Ranges all meet!

Average Winter Temps: 17.6℃

Average Summer Temps: 30.6℃

Traditional Land of:   Nukunu People

If you’re coming to South Australia, then one area that you should definitely ink into your itinerary is the port city of Port Augusta. It’s a beautiful and inviting waterfront city that is sure to delight you and your family or other traveling companions.

Since it’s a water town, you can find plenty of water sports to get your heart racing – but there’s more to the area than that. This is also an area with a variety of breathtaking sites and attractions that can provide not only natural beauty for the eye, but historical and cultural experiences that will broaden your mind.

The Flinders Ranges, Outback, and Eyre Peninsula are all within easy traveling distance, so a stay in Port Augusta makes perfect sense when you’re planning on visiting those areas. If you’re a fan of trains, you can even take a ride on the Pichi Richi Heritage Railway which connects the city to Quorn. The area’s many attractions and things to do has made it a major draw for tourists, and once you’ve seen it for yourself you will definitely understand why!

National Parks

Attractions & Activities

Caravan Parks

Port Augusta Big4 Holiday Park

Port Augusta, South Australia

Close to a number of historical sites and attractions, this park can be an ideal place to stay while you take advantage of the many sights and sounds of the port area. The staff works tirelessly to keep the camp as clean as possible, and that includes the amenities! There is a kitchen area, a games room to pass the time, and a pool for cooling off after your adventures. In addition, you'll find playground equipment for the kids, a laundry, barbecues, and even a place to fill up your LPG gas. Wi-Fi is available as well.

$34/night unpowered site; $39/night powered site; $46/night powered en-suite site

Rates can vary and there are often deals, so check their website or call for most current prices

Nuttbush Retreat – Caravan Park and Function Centre

Port Augusta, South Australia

This park is located roughly 40 km to the west of Port Augusta, right on the Pandurra Station Homestead. It offers a more rural atmosphere that provides visitors with a true outback experience as they adventure throughout the region. There's a relaxing pool and spa, pool tables, and a recreation room with television. It's a family-owned park, operated by the Nutt family. The park has a camp kitchen, facilities for the disabled, laundry, power, and drive through sites to make parking and exiting as easy as possible. The park is close to a variety of the area's main attractions, making it a great home base for your visit!

$22/night for up to 2 persons, unpowered site; $30/night for up to 2 persons, powered site; $7/night for each additional person on site.

Free Camping / Low Cost Camping

If you're just looking for free sites to set up camp for the night, the area is quite accommodating. There are a number of rest areas along the highways in the region, with some within a half-hour of town. Mambray Creek Rest Area is one example. Located just 48 km south of Port Augusta, it provides camping areas on both sides of the highway. It has picnic tables, shade, and room for your caravan. It's also an overnight stay location, so feel free to relax and unwind for the night before you set out on your adventure the next day!