Port Pirie, Australia

Port Pirie is a seaport on the east coast of the Spencer Gulf, in South Australia. With a population of around 13,200 people (2012 estimate), it is the sixth biggest city in South Australia after Port Augusta. It is 224 km (139 mi) north of Adelaide, on the way to Port Augusta.

More on Port Pirie

Port Pirie area was inhabited by the Nukunu indigenous tribe until the arrival of the first European, in the form of Captain Matthew Flinders in 1802. Subsequent explorers such as Edward Eyre and John Horrocks provided names of the geographic features in the area.

Port Pirie was originally called Samuel’s Creek, but renamed to its present name in 1846, after

John Pirie, not a person, but a boat, the vessel that transported ship from the area. Port Pirie was made the first provincial city of South Australia in 1953. Today it serves as the state’s second largest port. The city has the largest lead smelter in the world, and smelting of metals continues to be the mainstay of the city’s economy.

Visiting Port Pirie

You can reach Port Pirie by driving north on the A1 (Princes Highway) from

Adelaide.

Sights & Attractions to visit in Port Pirie

  1. Port Pirie National Trust Museum
    This museum incorporates the 1902 Port Pirie Railway Station along with 1882 Old Customs House.

  2. Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery
    Gallery showcasing the works of local artist, not only of Port Pirie, but also across South Australia.

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