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Port Augusta West
Port AugustaSouth Australia
Arid Gardens.jpg
Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
Population 4,153 (2011 census)
Established 1865
Postcode(s) 5700
Elevation 14 m (46 ft)
Location
  • 282 km (175 mi) north of Adelaide city centre
  • 2 km (1 mi) west of Port Augusta
LGA(s) Port Augusta City Council
State electorate(s) Stuart
Federal Division(s) Grey
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
26.3 °C
79 °F
12.1 °C
54 °F
217.6 mm
8.6 in
Suburbs around Port Augusta West:
Carriewerloo Carriewerloo Emeroo
Lincoln Gap Port Augusta West Wami Kata
Spencer Gulf
Lincoln Gap
Cultana
Cultana
Commissariat Point
Spencer Gulf
Footnotes Coordinates
Climatic data
Location

Port Augusta West is a settlement in the extreme northeast corner of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, on the western side of the head of Spencer Gulf. It is now a suburb of Port Augusta, however it has a separate early colonial history. The Corporate Town of Port Augusta West was gazetted on 6 October 1887, and only merged into the Corporate Town of Port Augusta on 28 April 1932. The bridge across the head of Spencer Gulf connecting Port Augusta West to Port Augusta was built in 1926, replacing a punt.

Port Augusta West contains the junction of the Eyre Highway (to Eyre Peninsula and Western Australia), Stuart Highway (to the Far North and Northern Territory), and Augusta Highway (to Adelaide).

Location, description and land use

Port Augusta West is a suburb of the city of Port Augusta which is the only part of the city to be located on the western side of Spencer Gulf on the Eyre Peninsula. It is about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi)* west of the centre of Port Augusta and about 280 kilometres (170 mi)* north of Adelaide city centre.

Port Augusta West consists of an urban area on the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula immediate west of the suburb of Port Augusta. It is dissected by the following major highways - the Augusta Highway which branches in the middle of the suburb to become the Stuart Highway which heads north and the Eyre Highway which heads south. The Whyalla-Port Augusta railway line passes to the north and west of the suburb’s urban area.

The majority land use is residential which accounts for most of the built development on the eastern side of the suburb. The area between the Eyre Highway and the Stuart highway on the west side of the suburb’s built area is zoned for industrial use. The Port Augusta Airport is located to the south end of the suburb and is separated from the residential area by open space and a “vegetation buffer”.

The suburb also includes the following facilities - the Port Augusta Golf Club and the Port Augusta West Primary School The suburb also includes the following public parks and gardens - the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, the West Side Foreshore, the Westside Lookout Tower, the Rotary Park, the Northey Crescent and the Sid Welk Park.

History

The historic Port Augusta West Water Tower in Mitchell Terrace is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.

Climate

Port Augusta West has a warm desert climate (Köppen climate classification BWk).

Climate data for Port Augusta Airport, Port Augusta West
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 34.3
(93.7)
33.3
(91.9)
30.3
(86.5)
26.6
(79.9)
21.7
(71.1)
18
(64)
17.7
(63.9)
20.1
(68.2)
24.1
(75.4)
26.9
(80.4)
30.4
(86.7)
31.9
(89.4)
26.3
(79.3)
Average low °C (°F) 19.4
(66.9)
18.9
(66)
16.4
(61.5)
12.9
(55.2)
8.8
(47.8)
6.2
(43.2)
4.7
(40.5)
5.3
(41.5)
8.5
(47.3)
11.5
(52.7)
15.6
(60.1)
17
(63)
12
(54)
Precipitation mm (inches) 12.4
(0.488)
18.4
(0.724)
17
(0.67)
18.9
(0.744)
15.4
(0.606)
24.7
(0.972)
18.2
(0.717)
14.6
(0.575)
17.4
(0.685)
16.5
(0.65)
20.6
(0.811)
23.9
(0.941)
217.6
(8.567)
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
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