Port Augusta

Port Augusta, dubbed as the "Gateway to the Outback", is in South Australia. It is also known as the "Crossroads of Australia", being situated on the major east-west highway connecting Perth and Sydney, and also on the north-south highway connecting Adelaide and Darwin. It also lies on the routes of both the Indian-Pacific and the Ghan.

Port Augusta is a town of about 20,000 people 300km from Adelaide at the top of the Spencer Gulf.

Get in

Most people visit Port Augusta on their way somewhere else. It is about 4 hours up the A1 from Adelaide. It is at the start of the Stuart Highway to Darwin, and the Eyre Highway towards Perth. The Ghan and the Indian Pacific both stop here. It is nicknamed the "crossroads of Australia" as it is where the Adelaide-Darwin and Sydney-Perth routes meet.

Premier Stateliner have a coach terminal, with coaches between Adelaide, Whyalla and Port Lincoln stopping here. Greyhound stop here on their trips from Adelaide toward Alice Springs and Darwin.

Get around

The Gulf (only a few hundred metres wide at this point) divides the west and east of the town with the city centre and the main commercial street on the east side with the majority of the shops, supermarkets and small malls


Water Tower Lookout

While driving over the bridge towards the west, the sign directing you towards the left fork for Perth and Western Australia, and the right fork towards Darwin and the Northern Territory is quite unique. Each destination is many thousands of kilometres distant.



Being at the Crossroads of Australia, Port Augusta caters for a constant stream of passing traffic. There is a Woolworths, Coles and Big-W, and almost all the services you could need before continuing on to more remote areas.

Aboriginal art is available.


During the day you have a choice of coffee shops and cafes around the town centre. After dark, the pubs, clubs, roadhouses and fast food are your choices. There is a roadhouse and a Hungry Jacks open 24-hours. The pubs and clubs only serve meals at meal times.



Go next

Visit Quorn - a historical Railway Town. Ride the Pichi Richi from March to November. Visit Warren George to see the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby, climb Mt Brown or hike on the Hysen Trail to Dutchmen Stern

Routes through Port Augusta

Alice Springs Pimba, Kingoonya, Tarcoola  N  S  Port Pirie Adelaide
Kalgoorlie Pimba, Kingoonya, Tarcoola  W  E  Port Pirie Adelaide
Alice Springs Woomera  N                            S  END

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