5.5 out of 10

Port Augusta

Ranked 3rd best suburb in Northern
-32.4911506528433 137.776449043666
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1/5
6 days ago

"Druve straight past this town dont stop"

The ice epidemic. Is bad. They say about 200o indingenous live here more like 7000 as they have moved.from nt and tripling families up in 2 bedroom homes. Dont call cops they dont come. Council ignoring real issues.
4/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Nov 19, 2017

"At the crossroads of great Australian adventures + very affordable living"

Port Augusta has had a turbulent time over the last five years or so. It's economy was once driven by a (now shut down) Coal power station. And for a time, it seemed like the town ran the risk of dying alongside this plant's operational death.

But some interesting things started happening about two years ago; and the town is really enjoying the beginnings of a turnaround or recovery. The Thermal Solar plant nearby (about a 15 minute drive out of town) is really the way of the future for energy production and will have a big role to play. Whilst it won't leave many 'permanent' jobs once construction is fully done, as the biggest Thermal Solar tower in the world (and tallest building in the state!) it will attract tourists and those passing through the town (Port Augusta gets a lot of drivers as it is the stop-off point for people driving/touring Darwin-Adelaide, and Sydney-Perth).

The overland trains should stop for more than just 10 minutes in the town! It would be a tourism boom to the town if these tourist trains did a half-day or full-day in Port Augusta to allow people to explore the Arid Lands Gardens, or the Thermal Solar installation.

Also, the Flinders Ranges is a site to be seen and can be done in a big day-trip (about a 2hr 10 minute drive from Port Augusta). If you are ever in town, pack a nice picnic lunch, lots of water, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes, and walk some of the trails of this stunning area!

Also, Sundrop Farms is a big employer now (and rumors are that this operation will only grow), just 12km south of the town. For good or for bad; the Prison also creates a lot of jobs (South Australia have decentralised the state's prison system somewhat; sending inmates from Adelaide to regional prisons such as Port Augusta).

In terms of living in Port Augusta, as others have said, the climate can get quite hot. A/C is a must, and look for a house with good shaded outdoor areas - you'll need it as the sun burns fiercely in Port Augusta. The town has all of the basic amenities one could need, and the riverside is a nice spot to do exercise and relax/cook bbq's on weekends.

It is not right to call this place 'a hole'. It is recovering and the cost of living is super-affordable which helps with this. Yes, there have been a lot of shops empty and high unemployment due to the Coal closure, but as time goes on, this is proving to turnaround as new jobs are created to replace lost ones.

All Port Augusta needs now is another big project or two (hello, Olympic Dam). Ideally another solar-type energy system or a big smart-agriculture farming facility like Sundrop. Also, I think tourism will pick up. Some folks drive straight through when on their way to Port Lincoln for shark-diving etc., but increasingly people are stopping in PA for lunch and stuff on their way, and hanging around. Sometimes all I think this town needs is a giant billboard on the motorway approaching it, that lists all the things you can do in a day in Port Augusta. People honestly simply don't know what is in and around this town! If they knew, they'd be more inclined to stop and do activities (and spend a little money in town while they are at it!).
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1/5
Aug 11, 2017

"A Hole"

I have worked around Australia, which also includes Pt Augusta. The place is a hole, someone on here tried to compare Pt Augusta with Pt Lincoln...Lincoln craps all over "Porta Gutter". Pt Augusta has many social issues with the usual suspects. I would rate it as bad as elizabeth in Adelaide as a comparison for those that have never been out to Pt Augusta. If you like the outback its a handy town to pop into, thats it.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Should Benefit from Olympic Dam Mine expansion"

Bought an investment here towards to end of last year and was attracted to the rental yields. With the Olympic Dam mine expansion looking like it should go ahead; Port Augusta would definitely feel some rollover effects from all that money flowing in. Hopefully the capital growth will follow soon after.
Heard that the place was rough but when my wife and I were there the locals were actually pretty friendly, some nice infrastructure like the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, the boardwalk by the Spencer Gulf was very good for morning walks. Not the mention some of the views! Absolutely stunning. Also has the Royal Flying Doctors Base here and BHP keeps pumping money into them. Wonder why?
I think its a much affordable option than Roxby Downs with the rental yields helping you hold the investment if you are after such an option. There are double maisonettes for sale which gives you 2 rental incomes; not easy to find as an investor. Drove from Adelaide City in 3 hours no problems so I was happy with the distance of this 'regional' town as well.
Pros
  • Diversified Town with large population and props up other smaller towns like Stirling North and Quorn
  • Many mines nearby including Olympic Dam soon to be world's largest
Cons
  • Uncertain future of the coal station that is a major employer
  • Its a regional town: not the most exciting place to be
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  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
1/5
2yrs+

"A transport town on the edge of the desert"

Port Augusta is located nearly 350 kilometres from Adelaide. It is a common stopover point for those passing across Australia, as it is the on the main transport links from Adelaide to Darwin and also from Sydney to Perth.

The town is well-equipped with many shops, services and schools. The population is relatively large for a remote town, reaching over 13,000. However the town itself seems to lack soul. With reasonably high unemployment, the town does not have the best reputation.

On the edge of the desert, the climate is hot and unforgiving, often reaching over 40 degrees in summer.
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marie59
marie59 I feel as you have only visited the area of Port Augusta how you can give this Pretty Town a Terrible Rating. I have lived in Port Augusta and I can tell you that some of my best friends I have encountered in my life dont come anywhere close to friends in Port Augusta. In the past it did indeed have a bad reputation, but that has been overcome by a strong bond of a town which indeed proud of what they have achieved over the last 10 years. Its is not remote in the way that Whaylla or Port Lincoln is. 335 kms from Adelaide leads this to the closer of the 3 towns to the Capital City of South Australia. There may be a higher rate of unemployment, but this only relates to people that dont wish to work as against residents that do. I had no problem in gaining employment and enjoyed every minute of my employment in the 2 years we spent in Port Augusta. In no way visiting a town can you truly get the whole picture of any town and I totally disagree in your assumptions of Port Augusta and as you have a large point system in your favour on this site, I can see that you are a traveller and give opinions of a town that you may have only stopped at for a few days.
yes Port Augusta is hot and so is Whyalla, Ceduna, Alice Springs, Perth, Adelaide... the list is endless.
2yrs+
CeeBee69
CeeBee69 Yes, the weather is not forgiving in places such as this lovely town but as it goes with everything you have to give a little to get a lot. The heat is managable if your prepared, unemployment can change with the town developing some form of infrastucture to cope with this?? As for the bad reputation that has come and gone as they say the same as a great curry, it's over with. I agree with marie59 and it's blinking hotter in other places i have been in Australia. Also to finish up I can gladly get employment in this and usually any other town if i go look for it, it is there you just have to pull up your socks, put your boots on and get looking. Cheers. CeeBee69
2yrs+
Stevestrelitzia
Stevestrelitzia I (we ) have lived and worked here for over 2 years and some of the people are friendly, some of the restaraunts are great,especially THE STANDPIPE, which is possibly one of the best places in Australia...!!!! I am extrememly well travelled so I do know about these things.!!! Quite a transient population and if you plan on working/staying here you can be very well catered for and entertained , it is up to you to get out there and enjoy the many things that are happening, also checkout the Library (seriously) and Vince's Pizza hut,, I (we) will return to visit from North Qld as we miss some of the good things,cheers,Steve
2yrs+
proa
proa Whereabouts do you recommend to live?
Sep 03, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Investors Paradise, Couples, Retirees, Families"

Port Augusta has seen many changes over the last 10 years and with the iminent Mining Boom, Port Augusta will reep the rewards of such a Venture. Port Augusta known as the Crossroads is a very attractive town. new infrastructure is now taking place and new homes abound the town and surrounding suburbs. The views are truly spectacular and nothing in my opionion can beat driving across the bridge on a crsip morning with mirror images of the flinders rangers reflected in the water of the Gulf. Stunning new appartments adorn the Gulf with more to be built and built in such a way as to blend into the natural surroundings.
Residents of Port Augusta are friendly and accomodating and water sports are very poplular in the gulf.
A town with a big future, but expanding population will not take away the special qualities of this magical town.
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