Two night stay
We are glad that you are taking the time to Stay an Extra Day with us in Peterborough - there is so much to share with you.
To help you make the most of your time, we have created a two day itinerary showcasing the best of our township and the surrounding region.
First stop, once you have un-hitched the caravan, or settled in to your accommodation, we recommend that you head up to the Greg Duggan Reserve Lookout on the north side of town (end of Government Road) to get your bearings.
From here you will get the lay of the land, and will be able to see our main street and follow the still active train-line which connects Port Pirie to Broken Hill. Trace the line to the right and you will be able to make out the Steamtown Heritage Rail Museum on the west side of town.
Head back into the heart of town, travelling along Kitchener Street in a loop to cast your eye over the late 1880s architecture which underpins a great deal of our town.
Wander the main street , the heart of our tourism experience, with a diverse array of entertaining sights and experiences. Drop in to our Visitor Information Centre situated in a converted railway carriage and have a chat with one of our team.
Take a short walk to the The Burg mural display at the local newsagency, providing a pictorial history of Peterborough from 1880s to present day.
Be sure to also drop in to the magnificent Peterborough Town Hall to enjoy the very popular Federation Quilt or the Meldonfield Miniature Collection on display in the YMCA next door.
You will find a number of great places to eat on the main street, from the quirky memorabilia-filled Cafe 229, set in our old cinema (watch out for the sloping floor) to a number of classic Aussie pubs, including the Railway Hotel.
While you could eat up most of the afternoon on the Main street, make sure that you leave time to take the 1.5 hour interpretative tour at the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre, just 2 minutes up the main street heading west.
Tours run continuously all day long (you can join in at any time) and explore this remarkable 4 acre heritage listed rail museum site - it's an absolute must!
After your tour, there will be plenty left to see on main street, and you may also consider a wander through the Peterborough Motorcycle and Antique Museum located just off the main drag (Jervois street), offering something to entertain and intrigue every taste.
Enjoy dinner at one of our pubs, or perhaps the great little restaurant at the Roundhouse Motel, and experience some country hospitality and a nightcap before heading off to bed.
In the morning, rested and ready to roll, there is great coffee and breakfast to be found at one of the cafes on the main street.
There is a great deal more to see on the Peterborough main street, with the YMCA History Group Rooms, the antique Print Shop, the railway memorial, and, of course, Bob the Railway Dog.
Grab some takeaway lunch from a main street cafe, or pack a picnic from our local supermarket and head out to explore the greater region, visiting Magnetic Hill and the Black Rock Art Gallery at Black Rock as part of a 2 hour round trip drive.
You will be amazed by the Magnetic Hill experience (watch your GPS jump at the bottom (or top?) of the hill.
You will have a great time chatting with Bud Stephenson who lives in the old pub (now the Black Rock Art Gallery), viewing his work influenced by Jackson Pollock, Arthur Boyd and the ruins of the town.
Head back into Peterborough to enjoy the jewel in the crown of our tourism experience, the multi-award winning Steamtown Sound and Light Show.
Held approximately one hour after dusk every night of the week, it is important to ring ahead, booking your seat and check on the start time. Give them a call (08) 8651 3355 and check the time.
Click here to book online.
Grab some dinner at one of our great pubs, and get ready for a unique night of entertainment at Steamtown. Our hosts all know that you will need to be finished your meal in time for the show, but let them know that you are heading off early - just in case.
Peterborough, being the centre of everywhere, is a great base from which to explore the mid-north of South Australia.
You can take an easy daytrip to explore iconic regions such as Burra, the Clare Valley winemaking region, Wilmington, Port Pirie and Port Augusta, as well as the Flinders Ranges townships of Quorn and Hawker.
It is even worth considering leaving your caravan and taking a run down for a night in the Barossa or Adelaide, just 2-3 hours from our town.
Having enjoyed two nights with us, we would be pleased to become your base as you explore the greater region, returning each time to Stay and Extra Day and enjoy the country hospitality which underpins our town.
However, if you must move on, we hope that you remember us fondly and we look forward to another time when you might return to stay with us.
Warm regards and travel safe,
The people of Peterborough