Port Pirie , SA

Port Pirie, South Australia’s first provincial city, is also an important interstate and international seaport. Millions of dollars worth of grain and lead, zinc and silver produced in Broken Hill Associated’s huge smelters cross the wharves each year. Originally known by the Aboriginal name of Tarparrie, the naming rights finally went to the work horse of the state’s sailing fleet, the schooner John Pirie.

A replica of the ‘handy and roomy little craft’ is on display in the Port Pirie Corporation office. There is a wealth of history locked into the city and its buildings and one of the standout structures is Cairn Brae - built in the early 20th century for the Moyles family, founders of a state soft-drink empire

Busy industrial city and port, where ocean going vessels berth in Port Pirie River within a stone’s throw of the curving main street. At the end of the main thoroughfare are the smoking chimneys of the worlds’s largest lead smelter. An extravagant flourish is given by the Family Hotel, built in 1904. It has a magnificently elaborate frontage with superb iron lacework. In the park is an anchor from the John Pirie, which in 1845, was the first vessel to take on a cargo in the creek. The Tripolis race between Port Pirie, Whyalla and Port Augusta is sailed in December. Also an Australia Day Festival in January, followed by the International Food Festival in March and an Easter Carnival.

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Port Pirie Beach Caravan Park
Beach Rd
Port Pirie, SA, 5540
Ph: 08 8632 4275

The John Pirie Motor Inn
Main Rd.
Port Pirie, SA, 5540
Ph: 08 8632 4200