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Port Augusta – Four Ways to Explore

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Port Augusta is a small harbour city in South Australia that has a very interesting history. Known as the gateway to the Australian Outback, the city was initially a well-known commercial centre and port (in the 1850’s) to transport wool, wheat, and other products. Port Augusta offers a lot of fun activities for anyone looking to spend a few days of family time in the area.

Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Entry to the Arid Lands Botanic Garden is free, but you certainly walk out wiser and maybe even with a desire to start your own arid garden. You’ll find hundreds of species of native plants, each classified, categorised, and accompanied by signs that tell you how to grow them, take care of them, and even how the native Aboriginal populations used them in their day to day lives.

The Wadlata Outback Centre

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If Port Augusta is the gateway to the Outback, the Wadlata Outback Centre certainly lives up to its name. Explore the European and Aboriginal history of the local area through a series of displays, movies, and exhibits.

A visit to this museum will give you and your family a broader understanding of the Outback lifestyle, so you can appreciate it more if you’re traveling onwards to the Flinders Ranges and beyond.

Wharf Precinct

Port Augusta lies at the head of Spencer Gulf and was once an important trading port. The Wharf Precinct is the only remaining among the six jetty wharves in Port Augusta. Though the wharf is no longer used commercially, visitors can still take a stroll along it and admire the sparkling waters

Port Augusta Cup

Since 1881 the Port Augusta Racing Club has provided the region with quality thoroughbred racing on its iconic sand track. Race days are a great social event for everyone to enjoy, fantastic entertainment for all the family, and racing hospitality at its best.

Thousands will flock to the annual City of Port Augusta Cup this July 5th for a day of great of racing, fashion and fun. Port Augusta’s mild winter weather and fantastic location make this a much anticipated social event. In 2015 the Port Augusta Racing Club will play host to the 18 carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup, at their very own City of Port Augusta Cup carnival, whilst celebrating the centenary of the club’s Historic Grandstand.

Port Augusta’s central location sees it as the heart of thoroughbred racing in the Spencer Gulf, and its facilities make it a premier site for racing. With the majestic Flinders Ranges as the backdrop to the Port Augusta racecourse, it has become famous for its breathtaking view.

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