Destination – Port Pirie, in the Mid North of South Australia


John Pirie Motor Inn, 166-172 Warnertown Road, Port Pirie, South Australia

You’ll find the John Pirie Motor Inn just on the outskirts of Port Pirie township, in South Australia’s mid-North.

Just literally a 2-3 minute drive from the centre of town, John Pirie Motor Inn is conveniently located  on the main road into Port Pirie off the highway from Adelaide, so the motel is easily accessed by car and close to key attractions .

Port Pirie, 2 and a half hours drive from Adelaide forms part of the Upper Spencer Gulf Triangle of cities and is the gateway to the Southern Flinders Ranges and South Australian Outback. Home to the world’s largest lead smelting works, operated by Nyrstar, Port Pirie is also the home of South Australia’s second largest port, and a popular destination for fishing, with easy boat access to the Spencer Gulf as well as several popular on-shore fishing spots.

Visitors to should start their journey to the Flinders Ranges with a stop at Port Pire Cultural Precinct, which offers a range of activities, artwork, cultural displays, shopping, tour desk (bookings for lead smelter guided tours can be made here), and is home to both the Port Pirie Regional Tourism & Arts Centre and the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery.

From Port Pirie, it’s approximately an hour drive to Port Augusta, 3 hours drive to Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges National Park, and 6 hours to Coober Pedy. The John Pirie Motor Inn is an excellent choice for stop-overs for travellers heading North to visit Lake Eyre, or for those coming South from the Northern Territory.

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