Located on a natural harbour, between the Spencer Gulf and the Flinders Ranges, is the small city of Port Augusta. It was founded on May 24 1852 by Alexander Elder and John Grainger, who were charged with selecting a port location.
The region has actually proven to be quite a popular tourist destination over the years due, in part, to its proximity to the Flinders Ranges. The fact it’s also located on the coast is another major draw card.
Many choosing budget motels in Port Augusta do so because of its myriad natural attractions. Whether you want to explore the Flinders Ranges or one of the other nearby national parks (such as Mount Remarkable or the Gawler Ranges) or whether you want to wander the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Those who want to be inducted into the way of life for an outback Australian are also drawn to accommodation in Port Augusta, as there are a number of associated experiences available. Explore some of the nearby towns, meet some of the local indigenous people, immerse yourself in the history of the region, or taste the arid dessert whilst on horseback.
Those looking for hotels in Port Augusta will not be disappointed, as there are a number of options to choose from. Whether you’re interested in an apartment, hotel, motel, bed and breakfast or cottage, we have the accommodation for you!
ARRA Hotels has been providing lodging for travelers of all shapes and sizes for a number of years now. Whether you’re travelling alone, with your significant other, with the family or even with friends, we’ve got you covered.
We understand that finding accommodation that is comfortable and affordable is a must for many travelers, which is why we are committed to providing both. All our properties offer a relaxing night’s sleep at the end of a busy day.
If travelling by car, the journey from Adelaide will take around 3 and a half hours to complete. An alternative inland route through some of South Australia’s most famous wine regions will add an extra hour and 40 minutes to the trip.
It is also possible to fly into the city – flights depart Adelaide at various times throughout the day from Monday to Friday only. Coach services operate throughout the state regularly, whilst both the Ghan and Indian Pacific trains pass through the city a few times each week.
Once you’ve arrived at accommodation in Port Augusta, visitors are able to make use of local bus services that operate every hour from Monday to Friday. There are also two taxi companies that operate throughout the region.
Those staying at budget motels in Port Augusta will find plenty of sights and activities to keep them entertained for the duration of their stay. We’ve covered just some of the more popular attractions here.
If you like to get outdoors but don’t want to venture too far from your motel, there are plenty of beaches and parks within the city limits to enjoy. Check out the Keith Jones Memorial Park, Lions Jubilee Park, Rotary Park, Gladstone Square, the Back Beach, Foreshore Beach or Westside Beach.
Art and culture is prevalent throughout the region. In particular, we recommend the Cultural Centre (Yarta Purtli), Curdnatta Art Gallery, Mural on the Hill, ARID Festival, Desert Fringe, and check out the art located in other public places.
If you are interested in the history of the region, we suggest spending around an hour and a half on the Heritage Walk. It leaves from the Wadlata Outback Centre and takes you around some of the city’s most historical sites (including the post office, police station and even an old barge).
Some of the other attractions in the area include: the Royal Flying Doctor Service, RSL Sub-Branch Military Memorabilia Museum, Pichi Richi Railway, model train rides, Matthew Flinders Lookout and the Undercover Flea Market.
Whilst many of the hotels in Port Augusta are self-contained or offer basic cooking facilities, we understand that sometimes you just want to eat out. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and eateries to choose from.