Enjoy a holiday in Port Pirie
The township of Port Pirie, a 2 and a half hours drive from Adelaide, forms part of the Upper Spencer Gulf Triangle of cities and is the gateway to the Southern Flinders Ranges and South Australian Outback. Port Pirie is home to South Australia’s second largest port, and a popular destination for fishing, with easy boat access to the Spencer Gulf as well as several popular on-shore fishing spots.
Visitors should start their journey to the Flinders Ranges with a stop at Port Pire Cultural Precinct, which offers a range of activities, artwork, cultural displays, shopping, tour desk, and is home to both the Port Pirie Regional Tourism & Arts Centre and the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery.
From Port Pirie, it’s approximately an hour drive to Port Augusta, 3 hours drive to Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges National Park, and six hours to Coober Pedy.
Nyrstar Lead Smelter
Port Pirie is home to the world’s largest lead smelting works, operated by Nyrstar. The Nyrstar Lead Smelter has been producing and exporting lead, zinc, silver and gold from site on the Upper Spencer Gulf for over 120 years. Part of the Nyrstar Pty Ltd group, the smelter is one of the largest integrated zinc and lead producers in the world. Bookings for lead smelter guided tours can be made at the Port Pirie Cultural Precinct.
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery
With an emphasis on showcasing inspiring indigenous artwork, the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery aims to deliver the opportunity for people visiting the Southern Flinders region to value and understand the importance of art and culture. The gallery hosts national touring exhibitions from major cultural institutions as well as developing exhibitions on topical subjects that are of interest to the community.
Port Pirie Aerodrome
Visit Port Pirie Aerodrome for a reflection on the town’s history, once a wartime base in the early 1940s. The site is still used by pilots and as a flying school however you can enter the museum containing a pictorial history of the site and tribute to the young pilots once stationed at the Aerodrome during wartime, along with an old engine on display.