Iron Knob Kimba Wudinna Minnipa Poochera Wirrulla Streaky Bay Smoky Bay Ceduna Denial Bay Penong Cactus Beach Fowler's Bay Nundroo Yalata Head of Bight Nullarbor Border Village Eucla Mundrabilla Madura Eyre Bird Observatory Cocklebiddy Caiguna Balladonia Norseman Kambalda Kalgoorlie Coolgardie Esperance In 1802, the English navigator Matthew Flinders first explored Spencer Gulf's northern waters as far north as Redbanks - near present day Port Augusta.

In common with other explorers of the time, Flinders explored the Port Augusta area hoping to penetrate the heart of the Australian continent.

By the 1870s wheat had overtaken wool as Port Augusta's chief export.

Early promises of a thriving wheat industry proved illusory however.

1877 saw the completion of the Overland Telegraph line that linked Australia's eastern states to Perth.

In the scheme of things Port Augusta played a crucial role as a major repeater station for the telegraphy network.

In many respects Port Augusta is also the southern gateway to the Northern Territory.

Travellers heading north can do so via the Stuart Highway.

Both Coles and Woolworths supermarkets can be found in the area.

Woolworths supermarket is open 7-00 am to Midnight Monday to Saturday, and from 7-00 AM to 10-00 PM on Sundays.

Just for the record, the Australian Government originally committed itself to completing the Adelaide to Darwin rail link in 1913.