Port Pirie

Look beyond Port Pirie’s oil tanks and smelter, and discover a regional gem on the eastern shores of the Spencer Gulf.

On first impressions, Port Pirie may look like a rural hub with little behind its industrial exterior. Look again as Port Pirie has a cosy downtown district peppered with some truly captivating buildings. Take photos of the town’s grand old 19th-century façades or go deeper still to find history museums, arts venues and folk treasures. Country music is king in this port town, so join in at the annual hootenanny and see local and interstate acts.

Frequently Asked Questions about Port Pirie

What's on in Port Pirie?

Port Pirie is home to heaps of historical buildings and a main street perfect for afternoon strolls-oh, and it's also called "The City of Friendly People", which means you'll make plenty of new mates during those strolls. Mid-October is when the Port Pirie Country Music Festival occurs-bring your cowboy hat!

What shops are in Port Pirie?

Step onto Port Pirie's main street and you'll find both big-box stores and quirky boutiques. Pick up the necessities at the Centro shopping centre, then head over to Norman and Florence Streets for vintage finds and the perfect souvenir. The downtown area has some seriously awesome architecture, with clock towers, Victorian balconies, and an old-fashioned railway station that will take you back in time.

How long does it take to climb Mt. Remarkable?

Hiking times always depend on individual ability, of course, but generally the climb to the summit takes about five hours round-trip. It's about 14km and considered moderate terrain. Port Pirie is the perfect home base for exploring all of Mount Remarkable National Park as it's just 40km south-an easy drive along the highway.ttttttt

Where to camp in Port Lincoln?

Three words: Lincoln National Park. It's located just 12km south of Port Lincoln, and it's got heaps of beautiful spots for you to set up camp. Get back in touch with Mother Nature at Woodcutters Beach, or take a 4x4 up to Maclaren Point.