Why Port Pirie is a perfectly placed summer getaway destination 

Many South Australians have accepted and embraced their less transient lifestyles in 2020, spending weekends and extended holidays within the state. As a result, we’ve seen hotels booked out and regions packed with South Australian visitors, especially in the most popular getaway spots.

Port Pirie is one spot which has attracted tourists this year. Only 2.5 hours from Adelaide, the relaxed city sat on the coast of Spencer Gulf is a highly convenient getaway from Adelaide. The city’s proximity to Adelaide, surrounding national parks, seaside location, friendly atmosphere and plenty of restaurants and cafes make Port Pirie undeniably attractive for visitors. 

Have you ever considered Port Pirie for a quick SA Weekend Escape? We offer six convincing reasons below, as to why Port Pirie makes for an enjoyable and highly convenient getaway option from Adelaide.

Pic credit: SATC/Port Pirie Regional Council

It’s just a short drive away 

Port Pirie is located approximately 200km north of Adelaide on the coast of Spencer Gulf. The short 2.5 hour drive from Adelaide to Port Pirie makes it absolutely feasible for one night away. In addition, the drive is also one packed with different scenery and things to see on the way. Perhaps the best spot to stop on your way up north, is Lake Bumbunga. This otherworldly bubblegum pink lake located in Lochiel is known for its vibrant water and makes for a perfect picnic spot. Try stopping here for a late breakfast or a morning coffee on your way. For those not fussed about arriving in Port Pirie early, changing your route to navigate through the luscious Clare Valley and through rolling hills blanketed in vines, adds only 30 minutes onto your journey.

Pic credit: SATC/Port Pirie Regional Council

Port Pirie is surrounded by nature 

Port Pirie is a wonderful place to base yourself if you’re looking to enjoy some of South Australia’s best national parks and nature. Of note, Mount Remarkable National Park is only 30 minutes away and is a gorgeous landscape filled with high ridges, tree-covered hills and cool rocky creeks. Famous Alligator Gorge inside the national park is highly recommended, meanwhile high ridge top walks are encouraged for their beautiful views across to Eyre Peninsula. An alternative to Mount Remarkable National Park is bright orange and mystical Telowie Gorge. The coastline at Winninowie Nature Reserve or Port Germain also provide visitors with great glimpses of the beautiful coast near Port Pirie. 

Pic credit: SATC/Port Pirie Regional Council

There are plenty of places to swim

Swimming is absolutely on the cards during a trip to Port Pirie with kids. Bring a picnic to Solomontown Beach and enjoy the seaside town atmosphere with locals. Those who prefer to swim in pools, a nearby outdoor swimming pool is another refreshing option in the summer months. At Flinders View Park enjoy grassy picnic areas that fringe the beach, and admire views across to hills and ridge tops in the distance.

Port Pirie offers great day-trip potential 

Another great thing about Port Pirie is that it is surrounded by numerous towns, parks and regions ideal for day trips. If you’ve allowed yourself more than one night at your accommodation in Port Pirie, you’ll have time to explore the vicinity. Head over to the famous Clare Valley Wine region nd spend a day sipping on local wines and cycling along the Resiling Trail. Head to Port Augusta and explore the history and heritage of the region at museums. Drop by a small coastal village and enjoy lunch at a cafe. There’s really no better base for exploring the Southern Flinders Ranges.

food and wine of Clare Valley

A handful of unique wineries are nearby

Although world-renowned Clare Valley is only an hour away, closer to Port Pirie visitors will find a handful of intimate local wineries. For those looking for quieter, less swanky winery experiences, these could be perfect. At Bartagunyah Estate, a Mediterranean climate and 400 metre elevation results in high quality wines and a gorgeous setting. Drop by the cellar door and choose a wine tasting with a magnificent view. Visit Blesings Garden wines during your trip and sit beneath silver gum trees and amongst the hills.

restaurants in shepparton

Pic credit: Angus & Co.

Port Pirie is home to friendly cafes and restaurants 

There’s a reason Port Pirie is known as being particularly friendly. At the local cafes and restaurants, visitors to the city will find wonderful Australian hospitality. Opt for coffee and cake, or a full blown meal in Port Pirie itself; you can find anything here. At Safavi – set within the walls of an old Scottish church – find the best coffee in town as well as a menu packed with delicious options. Try the impressive Aussie breakfasts or opt for one of their delectable salads. For an enjoyable evening meal, Angus & Co. is a steakhouse with a modern twist.

Book your accommodation in Port Pirie

The lovely John Pirie Motor Inn is the best choice when it comes to accommodation in Port Pirie. This relaxed pick on the edge of the city is filled with character and super friendly. An onsite restaurant and outdoor pool give you two more great reasons to stay.

For more information, head to the John Pirie Motor Inn website.

For more information regarding things to do in Port Pirie, head over to our Ultimate Guide.