Port Augusta is located near the head of Spencer Gulf and offers a warm welcome to travellers passing through and those who stay a little longer.
Because Port Augusta is one of the few major towns in this part of South Australia, many travellers see it as little more than a place to stop for fuel and a break on their way to Western Australia or the Northern Territory. However, Port Augusta is a destination in its own right and the perfect spot to stay for a day or two before you explore the spectacular Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Visit the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden which strives to research, conserve and promote Australia’s arid zone flora, or lace up your hiking boots on a Flinders Ranges Explorer tour or Walk the Flinders Ranges tour and hit the trails winding through the nearby Flinders Ranges where you can marvel at Ikara (Wilpena Pound). Port Augusta is the perfect jumping off point for seeing the sights in this part of South Australia.
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Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
The closest major airport to Port Augusta is Adelaide. From here, it takes just over 3 hours to drive to Port Augusta. A bus service is available from Adelaide to Port Augusta and takes just over 4 hours.
The easiest way to get around Port Augusta is by car or on a group tour as this enables you to get out and see the sights in the surrounding area. A local bus service is available if you want to travel around town.
Any time is a good time to visit Port Augusta. Summer can be warm but cool sea breezes keep the temperature at a comfortable level for walking and other outdoor pursuits along the coast. Autumn brings with it crisp mornings and nights. Winter is the perfect time for hiking in the areas surrounding Port Augusta. The weather in spring is generally good although it can get chilly, especially after the sun goes down.
What you pack will depend on the time of year you are visiting, but you can't go wrong with clothes you can layer plus a jumper or jacket and wet weather gear. Dining venues in Port Augusta are laid back and casual so there is no need to bring fancy clothes.
There is good WiFi coverage in the town of Port Augusta. If you are visiting some of the more remote areas around Port Augusta, you may experience periods of time with no internet access.
There is good mobile coverage in the town of Port Augusta. If you are visiting some of the more remote areas around Port Augusta, you may experience periods of time with no mobile signal.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.