Pt Augusta - Upper North & Flinders Region, South Australia.
Pt Augusta, proclaimed in 1854, is named after the wife of Governor Young and lies at the head of Spencer Gulf. It styles itself as the 'Crossroads of Australia.' Its location made it an important port, railway town and electricity-generating centre. It went through some hard times in the 1990s thanks to privatisation of the railways and electricity supply but it seems to be picking up thanks in part to the growth in mining activity to the north. I have always thought the town should market itself as Adelaide's winter playground, thanks to its mild-climate, attractive waters and the pleasant backdrop of the Flinders Ranges. There is a legacy of some fine Colonial buildings but these are scattered among modern developments of highly variable quality, so that there is no coherence to the old centre anymore. The place could make a lot better use of its assets - both manmade and natural. Some items are on the State Heritage List - the old Courthouse, a drinking fountain, rotunda, old waterworks and barracks, Town Hall and the Institute Building.