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It’s the gateway to the Flinders Ranges and Outback, but Port Augusta is more than just a place to stretch the old legs.

As the fifth largest city in South Australia and home to fascinating historical attractions, Port Augusta is made for families, with swimming beaches on both sides of the gulf and the outback in every other direction.

Stay for the night

Majestic Oasis Apartments ticks the box when it comes to prime waterfront location — and there’s accommodation to suit every traveller. With seventy-five apartments, there’s a perfect mix of studio apartments, two-bedroom apartments for families or friends travelling together and spa suites for an extra dose of luxury. It’s lined with palm trees, and the tropical vibes roll on with a private lagoon style pool and barbecue overlooking the gulf.

Guests can expect all the creature comforts, with kitchen and laundry facilities — a definite plus when you’ve been travelling cross country.

And in a town that prides itself on championing its local heroes, it’s a nice touch that all the apartment blocks at Majestic Oasis Apartments are named after significant Port Augusta locals.

Play for the day

Wanna be transported 15 million years back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Flinders Ranges and Outback? Well, Wadlata Outback Centre is your go-to.

Their knowledgeable staff will open your eyes to all the unique experiences within the region, as well as organising your national park entry and desert parks passes. And you won’t be able to lure yourself away from their key attraction… The Tunnel Of Time.

As you learn about fossils and Dreamtime stories, you’ll come face-to-face with the serpent, who once-upon-a-time gouged out the gorges to make the Flinders Ranges. Make your way through the tunnels at your own pace while you watch and listen to the tales of early settlers, pedal the radio for the School of the Air, or try your hand at Morse code.

Then, debrief at the Outback Tuckerbox and enjoy a slice of their famous quandong cheesecake before making your way
to the next place on your hit list… the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden.

“Our arid lands are home to thousands of highly evolved plant communities with fragile and complex ecosystems found nowhere else on earth,” says volunteer Chris.

The garden officially opened in 1996 as a place for research and conservation. Now, with its picturesque setting of more than 250 hectares and a backdrop of the Flinders Ranges, it’s quickly become a popular tourist attraction.

You can go on a guided walk with one of their dedicated volunteers and learn all about the arid plant life or grab a map and potter along in your own time. May we suggest you also stay for lunch or visit the childrens’ arid explorers garden?

Next time you see Port Augusta on your travel plans, make sure you add in time to explore this hidden gem.


Hayley Pearson

Hayley Pearson

Co-Creator and Writer for Adelady, she still gets goosebumps that she’s combined her creative passion with sharing the best of her stunning home state.

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