14,527 people in the area of Port Augusta.
Port Augusta is about 68 klm northeast of Iron Knob. See previous post on Iron Knob.
By 1852 South Australian colonists had settled in Port Augusta and the town soon became a thriving commercial centre and port, serving the needs of pastoralists in the truly vast hinterlands to the north. For a time wool exports were the mainstay of Port Augusta's economy with many London sailing clippers bearing cargoes to English wool mills.
By the 1870s wheat had overtaken wool as Port Augusta's chief export. Early promises of a thriving wheat industry proved illusory however. Rainfall was too unreliable and the area was subject to frequent droughts. The area soon resorted to its previous pastoral activities.
Today Port Augusta's unique geographic position sees it as a major service centre for travellers and freight trucks crossing the Nullarbor. In many respects Port Augusta is also the southern gateway to the Northern Territory. Travellers heading north can do so via the Stuart Highway. An alternate means of transport is to take a more leisurely journey via the "Ghan" rail service which was extended from Alice Springs to Darwin in 2003.
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Our Caravan and vehicle at the Big 4 Caravan Park, Port Augusta.
Plus washing on the line.
This building is opposite the Police Station.
The Railway Station building.
The Court House.
Older house in Port August.
Bird of Paradise - Strelitzia
Map of where Iron Knob is and Port Augusta.