"Industry and history" Port Pirie by iandsmith

Port Pirie Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 30 photos

What to expect

Being the 6th largest town in South Australia isn't really a great claim to fame but it is one of things listed for Port Pirie in tourist literature.
You'll find it about 220 kms north of Adelaide on the eastern shore of Spencer Gulf.
The driving force behind the town are the huge silver, lead and zinc smelters which process the raw ore brought from Broken Hill and the large port needed to move it offshore.
Port Pirie proudly announces itself as 'The City of Friendly People' although the first sight one has is not of people but of the huge oil tanks on the outskirts of town and the grain silos. However, overriding all is the tall chimney at the smelter. It would be easy for the traveller to feel that here was a big smelly industrial city and keep driving but this would be to miss some fascinating buildings and a genuinely beautiful and gracious main street.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice architecture, good shopping
  • In a nutshell:Worth a stop
  • Last visit to Port Pirie: Jun 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Ian, I was surprised to see Port Pirie as it does not "fit" into your usual travel visit..so used to your natural settings and nature photos. A great introduction, and the architecture looks fascinating.


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