Port Pirie Weekend Escapes

Found over 200km north of Adelaide, Port Pirie SA is a vibrant settlement with a fascinating history. The small town vibes and friendly locals will greet you with open arms here, whilst further inland the sprawling natural landscapes will sweep you off your feet.

Inside the boundaries of Port Pirie, visitors will be overwhelmed by the warm and cordial attitude of locals. Built upon a history of zinc, silver and lead smelting, the snug town of Port Pirie was once characterised by its industrial economy and port location. Whilst some of this continues today, there’s a great deal more to Port Pirie SA. Old colonial buildings, a lively main street, waterfront views and nature-rich surroundings encapsulate the essence of this South Australian town.

Discover a quintessentially South Australian town; experience a Port Pirie Weekend Escape.

Things to do in Port Pirie

Your Ultimate Guide to Port Pirie

Port Pirie SA, found on the coastline over 200km north of Adelaide is a wonderful town offering a friendly atmosphere, small-town comforts and an interesting history. Step outside of the town itself and discover not only a stretching coastline, but beautiful – and very diverse – natural landscapes waiting to be explored. Whether you’re seeking a weekend getaway from Adelaide with your partner, a relaxing escape surrounded by nature, or an action-packed trip, Port Pirie SA has a weekend getaway for you.

To uncover more tips regarding things to do in Port Pirie, check out our Ultimate Guide. This Ultimate Guide will help you craft your very own Port Pirie Weekend Escape.

Art & Culture

Port Pirie is rife with history. Originally home to the Nukunu people that populated the coastal region around Spencer Gulf, extending inwards as far as Quorn, the Port Pirie region consists of endless culturally significant sites for Aboriginal people. In 1849, colonisation brought about the initial settlement of Europeans to the area and the materialisation of Port Pirie SA. What with its industrial economy and colonial past, today the historically rich town is home to a number of museums and galleries.

During a trip to Port Pirie, drop into the National Trust Historic and Folk Museum to learn more about the history of the town and explore the Victorian pavilion-style railway station, as well as the Old Police Station. At Carn Brae named after a castle in Cornwall, England, explore the home of the Moyle family and admire its unusual features. Other museums include a military museum as well as a fishing boat museum. There’s a part of history for everyone to enjoy in Port Pirie.

Nature & the Outdoors

Port Pirie’s waterfront location is a real asset to the town. Views towards the Flinders Ranges as well as across the sea make for an awesome setting. Enjoy the water at Solomontown Beach, take a dip and bring a picnic to make the most of the views. For those who’d prefer to take the plunge in a local swimming pool, a modern outdoor pool on Mary Elie Street is open throughout the summer months.

Forget the coast for a moment. Perhaps the most spectacular of sites in the region can be found at Mount Remarkable National Park. With endless walking tracks to choose from, you’re completely spoiled for choice. Opt for a trail up high on the ridge and look down across the ocean towards Eyre Peninsula. Alternatively, dip down low into the cool, rocky creeks or explore the depths of Alligator Gorge and get a real sense of adventure.

Food & Drink

Another exciting part of Port Pirie is its convenient location and proximity to a handful of quaint wineries. Less known than the famous spots found in the Barossa or Clare Valley, the wineries of Southern Flinders are often smaller but certainly do not lack quality. A couple of award winning wineries sat between rolling hills and owned by passionate friendly locals are wonderful assets to the region.

Within Port Pirie itself, find multiple options for coffee and cake, sunset wining and dining, as well as hearty pub lunches. Plus, aromas from fresh bakeries wafting through the streets will tempt you to a delicious snack throughout the day.

Where to stay in Port Pirie

John Pirie Motor Inn

Conveniently located Port Pirie accommodation, rated #1 by TripAdvisor. Now offering free wireless internet for all guests. Our facilities include Angus & Co. Bar and Grill, outdoor swimming pool, function room and off street car parking.

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