Located approximately 3.5 hours between both Adelaide and Port Lincoln, Port Augusta is often overlooked by travellers and hence skipped altogether. But, for those travellers with some intrepidity and wisdom, Port Augusta is well-worth the stopover for a weekend to truly explore all the natural beauties on offer in this quiet, unassuming coastal town.
MORNING:To immerse yourself in the local environment, start your weekend off with a scenic walk through the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden. This unique experience of South Australias native flora takes you on a journey throughout the 250-hectare botanic garden. With some great views to be had from the Lookout, this walk will definitely have you appreciating the raw and natural local beauty.
AFTERNOON:For a true taste of local produce and hospitality, check out Port Augustas Barnacle Bill Family Seafood Restaurant. Crumbed, battered or grilled, this long-standing favourite offers dine-in or takeaway options, with every seafood you can desire, plus some tasty fresh burgers. For an authentic local experience, you gotta check out Barnacle Bills!
MORNING: For some brisk morning exercise, why not try catch the sunrise from one of the best vantage points in town? Centrally located, the disused Water Tower Lookout is a great climb for 360-degree views across Port Augusta.
MIDDAY: Whether its brekky, brunch or lunch time, youve no doubt earned some tasty tucker! Head on over to everyones favourite, Caffe Primo. This licenced bistro does epic lunches of pizzas and steaks, dinners, and a tasty brekky menu. So, grab a seat in the red booths, and satisfy that well-earned hunger!
AFTERNOON: Searching for some local art in an authentic, immersive local experience? Then head on over to the Port Augusta Cultural Centre! This local gallery exhibits vibrant and raw local artwork, as well as playing host to several visiting exhibitions throughout the year. Make the most of your time in Port Augusta, and soak up every ounce of this cultural experience.
EVENING: For a true locals experience, spend your evening over at the Sky Tavern. With leather seats and pool tables, is there anything else you could possibly desire? Succulent steaks and fresh seafood, the Sky Tavern menu is diverse and fulfilling, this quintessential Aussie Tav is a must for any genuine Port Augusta experience!
MORNING: Kick your Sunday morning off with a brisk walk along the Old Wooden Wharflands. Located on the waterfront, this beautiful wharf is great for a walk or run, while embracing the very essence of Port Augusta life. Watch the fishing fleet come in from a long night, or the fun-seeker boaties heading out for a day on the water. Breathe the fresh air and feel the warmth of the sun, for the best way to start your Sunday!
MIDDAY: For a simple and scenic Sunday lunch, grab some picnic supplies (or a sneaky fish and chips takeaway), and drive on over to Blanche Harbour Picnic Area. Providing stunning views of the harbour, this scenic vantage point is favoured by photographers and keen picnickers alike! With incredible coastal views, this is possibly one of the best ways to conclude your weekend to the scenic Port Augusta region.
AFTERNOON: As the sun sets on another wonderful weekend spent adventuring, exploring and experiencing, its sadly time to head home. So pack up and head out, but always remember that some of the most stunning gems are so often found in the locations often overlooked or least expected.
144 Stuart Hwy, Port Augusta SA 5700 | www.aalbg.sa.gov.au | (08) 8641 9116
60 Victoria Parade, Port Augusta SA 5700 | www.barnaclebill.com.au | (08) 8641 0000
Mitchell Terrace, Port Augusta West SA 5700 | www.wadlata.sa.gov.au
2 Tassie St, Port Augusta SA 5700 | www.caffeprimo.com.au | (08) 8642 2522
6 Beauchamp Ln, Port Augusta SA 5700 | www.portaugusta.sa.gov.au | (08) 8641 9176
4 Tassie St, Port Augusta SA 5700 | www.skytavern.com.au | (08) 8642 3906
Blanche Harbour Picnic Area
East off Shacks Road, Port Augusta SA 5700
Old Wooden Wharflands
Wharflands Esplanade, Port Augusta SA 5700