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Population 1689

Peterborough is a town obsessed with the railway. Its very existence and growth can be claimed by that industry. In 1881 the line to Jamestown was opened and over the next few years the town became a key intersection between all the major South Australian towns. Locals boast about how, in a mammoth one-day effort, 105 trains travelled the Broken Hill to Port Pirie line. The rail passion continued even after many of the lines closed, and today each entrance to the town has a welcoming model steam train.

Visitor Information

Main St; (08) 8651 2708

Nearby national parks

  • Mount Remarkable National Park

    Mount Remarkable National Park, in the southern reaches of the Flinders Ranges, is a beautiful bushland park with pretty creeks, steep...more

  • Flinders Ranges National Park

    Flinders Ranges National Park covers a vast ancient landscape of rippled outback terrain and exposed ridges, culminating in the striking...more

  • Lake Torrens National Park

    The 250-kilometre-long ephemeral Lake Torrens is timeless, wild and starkly photogenic. Protected within Lake Torrens National Park, this is...more

Nearby towns

  • Jamestown

    Jamestown survived the demise of wheat crops in the late 1800s to become an important service town to the thriving agricultural farmlands of...more

  • Melrose

    Melrose, a quiet settlement at the foot of Mount Remarkable, is the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges. Indigenous groups who occupied the...more

  • Crystal Brook - Introduction

    Crystal Brook serves the sheep and wheat country at the southern point of the Flinders Ranges. It once formed part of a vast sheep station,...more

In Town

Steamtown With a 100-year-old rail history this dynamic museum, located around the old locomotive workshops, is a collection of historic rolling stock, including a converted Morris car that rides the tracks. Also on display is Australia's only 3-gauge roundhouse and turntable. Main St; (08) 8651 3355.

Town hall: a beautiful, ornate 1927 building with its original theatre and a Federation wall hanging in the foyer; Main St.

The Gold Battery: ore-crushing machine; contact visitor centre; end Tripney Ave.

Meldonfield: view a world of miniature horse-drawn carriages modelled on the style used in the 1800s; Lloyd St.

Dragons Rest Habitat Garden: reptiles and exotic plant life; Watkins Rd.

Victoria Park: features a lake and islands with deer and kangaroo enclosure and a playground; Queen St.

Bus tour: guided tour of sights and history of town; contact visitor centre.

Town walk and drive: self-guide tour; brochure from visitor centre.



an old railway town with well-preserved 19th-century main street. Self-guide drive or walk tour; brochure A Tour of Terowie available from tearooms; 24 km SE.

Magnetic Hill: park the car, turn off the engine and watch it roll uphill; 32 km NW via Black Rock.

Fishing spots near town

Point Lowly 99 km

The Point Lowly lighthouse marks the southern extremity of Fitzgerald Bay. Near the lighthouse is a small community of shacks. These lighthouse cottages are cared for by the Uniting Church, and are available for hire. It... Find out more

Fitzgerald Bay 100 km

Snapper fishing has a language all of its own. In Queensland and NSW, anglers talk about small snapper as ‘squire’. In Victoria, small snapper are ‘pinkies’; in SA, they are known as... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Knappstein Enterprise Brewery 98 km

History has turned full circle for the Clare Valley’s Enterprise Brewery, which ceased beer-making operations in 1916, but was revived for its original purpose in 2006. In between time, this gorgeous sandstone... Find out more

Campsites around town

Appila Springs camping area 35 km

A time-honoured traveller’s stop 8 km north-east of Appila, this camping area is in the rolling farm country of the mid-north. Though on one of the region’s backroads, it’s central to several historic... Find out more

Curnow’s Hut camping area 50 km

This restored 3-bedroom stone hut is in the south of the forest, 15 km south of Jamestown off Bundaleer Gardens Rd. You need to book, as the camping area is padlocked. Bring water and preferably a gas/fuel stove. Camping... Find out more

Ippinitchie Campground 58 km

Shady, creek-side camping is offered close to the appealing mid-north town of Wirrabara and the Heysen Trail, with its local forest, bush gardens and views from The Bluff.  The campsite is just off Forest Rd, 8 km... Find out more

Melrose Showgrounds camping area 63 km

Creekside camping is permitted on the outskirts of the delightful Flinders Ranges town of Melrose, the oldest settlement in the region. With sites among mighty river gums, this is a convenient base for enjoying the town... Find out more

Summit Camp (bush camping) 66 km

In an atmospheric bush setting on the high crest of Mt Remarkable, bush camping is permitted 6 km north-west of Melrose on the Mt Remarkable Summit Hike, also part of the Heysen Trail. The site is gas/fuel stove only and... Find out more

Telowie Gorge camping area 67 km

Basic facilities are provided at this camping area, 27 km north of Port Pirie from the Princes Hwy. Come equipped with wood, water and a permit.... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 67 km

Remote areas of the park are available for experienced, self-sufficient bushwalkers to use as walk-in campsites. Bring water and a gas/fuel stove. A permit is required.... Find out more

The Racecourse camping area (bush camping) 68 km

This walk-in site with a big water tank is near the junction of the Racecourse and Mungola Hut tracks, close to the modern Grays Hut camping area. It is also on the Heysen Trail. A permit is required from the... Find out more

Goat Rock camping area (bush camping) 70 km

A walk-in bush site (gas/fuel stove only), close to the junction of Woolfords and Racecourse tracks, this camping area requires a permit from the self-registration station.... Find out more

Hidden Camp (bush camping) 75 km

This sheltered walk-in site is close to the dramatic ravine of Hidden Gorge, 8 km on foot north of Mambray Creek. The site is gas/fuel stove only, and a permit is required from the self-registration station.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Peterborough Caravan Park 1 km

This is a tidy park located off the main road in a quiet part of town, adjacent to the town’s swimming pool. The park has modern amenities and is conveniently positioned for an overnight stop between Broken Hill... Find out more

Crystal Brook Caravan Park 73 km

This is a small, neat council-owned park just on the edge of town. It is a very pretty park with large red gums, a creek alongside, and lawn sites. We find it good value.... Find out more

Burra Caravan and Camping Park 79 km

This picturesque park is situated alongside a creek just two minutes walk from the centre of Burra, an historic mining town. The park has good basic facilities and plenty of large shady trees. It is an excellent base... Find out more

Port Pirie Beach Caravan Park 80 km

This beachfront caravan park is just 1.5 km from the town centre and offers a range of facilities to suit most travellers. Nicely angled drive-through sites, clean amenities and friendly staff make this our pick of the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Oodla Wirra South rest area 21 km

3km S of Oodla Wirra (R) or 31km N of Terowie (L)

Just off the highway among trees. 

Laura park area 56 km

At Laura

Under shady trees opposite a caravan park.

Murray Town camping area 56 km

At Murray Town

Large area just off the highway. In the middle of town. Good facilities. Limited shade.

Gladstone park area 56 km

At Gladstone

Adjacent to the highway and next to a caravan park.

Ippinitchie camping area 58 km

T/O at Wirrabara

In the forest 8km (partly unsealed) west of Wirrabara in Wirrabara Forest Reserve.

Georgetown park area 60 km

At Georgetown

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Willochra Creek rest area 62 km

17km S of Wilmington (R) or 3km N of Melrose (L)

Just off the highway among trees.

Spalding park area 62 km

At Spalding

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Mount Bryan rest area 64 km

At Mt Bryan

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the hotel.

Warnertown rest area 73 km

At Warnertown

Just off the highway. On the south side of town. For northbound only.

Port Germein South rest area 76 km

72km S of Port Augusta (L)

Secluded behind trees. For southbound only.

Mambray Creek camping area 77 km

T/O 48km S of Port Augusta (L) or 47km N of Warnertown (R)

At the base of some ranges 5km east of the highway in Mt Remarkable National Park.

Wilmington park area 78 km

At Wilmington

Just off the highway. On the south side of town.

Yunta rest area 80 km

At Yunta

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the hotel. 

Mambray Creek rest area 82 km

T/O 48km S of Port Augusta (L) or 47km N of Warnertown (L)

Under trees on both sides of the highway.

Hancocks Lookout rest area 82 km

T/O 18km SE of Princes Hwy (R) or 4km W of Wilmington (L)

At the lookout 7km (unsealed) south of the highway.

Winnininnie Creek rest area 90 km

36km SW of Mannahill (R) or 9km NE of Yunta (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. 

Baldina rest area 91 km

21km SE of Burra (L) or 64km NW of Morgan (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Burra Creek Gorge camping area 97 km

T/O 16km SE of Burra (R) or 69km NW of Morgan (L)

Secluded bush setting on the banks of the creek 11km south-east of the highway. Donations accepted.

Point Lowly camping area 99 km

T/O 36km S of Eyre Hwy (L) or 11km N of Whyalla (R)

Near the foreshore 23km east of the highway via Port Bonython Rd.

What's on around town

Rodeo: Feb.

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