Approx drive time: 11 hours 15 minutes
Distance: 1,020 km
The first stop on your campervan trip out of Melbourne is at the head of the Gulf. Port Augusta is well-known for its beautiful backdrop and has long been a port. Some sites worth seeing during your trip include:
Homestead Park Pioneer Museum: This attraction is a railway and farming museum and park. One of the most unique things to see is the 130-year-old Yudnapinna Homestead which was moved to the site and is the only log cabin in South Australia.
McLennan Lookout: This marks the spot where Matthew Flinders landed in 1802. Enjoy spectacular views of the Gulf here.
Water Tower Lookout: You’ll find this lookout across the bridge. From here, you can see the Gulf and the city centre.
Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden: Where the desert meets the port, you’ll find this lush site. It’s a great representation of the diversity of flora in the desert. You will also find that the spot has scenic vistas of Flinders Ranges.