Port Pirie Tourism & Travel
Port Pirie Australia
Situated on the Spencer Gulf 223km north of Adelaide, Port Pirie has a population of some16, 000 souls.
Port Pirie - Aboriginal History
The traditional owners of the country around Port Pirie are the Nuguna Aboriginal people. The area was known a 'tarparrie' possibly meaning 'muddy creek' by the local Nuguna Aborigines.
Port Pirie - History
Mathew Flinders explored the coastal area surounding Port Pirie when he came up the Spencer Gulf in 1802. Settlement of the area was slow; the town was surveyed in 1871 and became a municipality in 1876. When the smelter works was built tin 1889 Port Pirie began to prosper. Broken Hill Associated Smelters Pty Ltd BHP built another smelting works in 1915 and by 1934 the Port Pirie smelting works had become the biggest single-unit lead-smelting works in the world. When the broad gauge rail line between Port Pirie and Adelaide was completed in 1953, Port Pirie was decalred South Australia's first provincial city.
Port Pirie - Today
Today Port Pirie is part of the Southern Flinders Ranges Development Board that extends to Wilmington in the north down to Yacka in the south. Other rural townships in the region include Crystal Brook, Redhill, Wirrabara, Melrose, Laura, Gladstone and Booleroo Centre. The economic driver of the region is based on resources and agriculture. Port Pirie provides services to a wider population of some 23,500 souls; it is South Australia's second largest port; characterised by a gracious main street and some interesting and unusual historic buildings.
Port Pirie - Attractions
The Port Pirie Regional Tourism and Arts Centre is an award-winning centre and comprises of an eclectic mix of exhibitions, art and information. The National Trust Museum is located in historic town buildings, including the1882 Old Customs House and the Victorian pavilion style Port Pirie railway station. Self-guide walks around Port Pirie include National Trust Walking Tours and The Journey Landscape, a 1.6 km nature trail.
Port Pirie - Nearby Attractions
Weeroona Island is some 13 km away, and offers good fishing; Port Germein is a quiet beachside town with one of the longest jetties in Australia. Telowie Gorge Conservation Park has the Nukunu Trail leading from the park's entrance to breathtaking Telowie Gorge on the southwest edge of the Flinders Ranges.