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The 19th Biennial Conference will be held in Port Augusta, uniquely located on the Spencer Gulf, at Australia's crossroads for both rail and road.

The formal conference sessions (27-28 September) will be held at Central Oval, Augusta Terrace, Port Augusta. A complimentary shuttle bus will run between Central Oval, the various function venues and our partner accommodation properties.

Travel to Port Augusta

Conference Coach Transfer from Adelaide

There has been sufficient interest for Conference organisers to coordinate group travel one way between Port Augusta and Adelaide at the conclusion of the Conference. The cost is $55 per person, one way.  Note: there is not sufficient numbers for Adelaide to Port Augusta.

Friday 29 September 2017
Depart Port Augusta at 6:00am, arriving in Port Augusta approx. 10:30am-11:00am

By Road from Adelaide

Port Augusta is located 310km (3.5 hours) easy drive from Adelaide.

If there are sufficient delegates wishing to travel via road, the Conference organisers can arrange a comfortable bus charter to maximise your networking opportunities. Please indicate your interest when registering.

Route 1 - Food and Wine Adventure

One of the more indulgent journeys to Port Augusta includes famous wine regions of South Australia. The Barossa Valley is renowned for its full-bodied Shiraz and Clare Valley for its flavoursome and delicate Riesling. Closer to your destination is the Southern Flinders, home to mostly small, family-owned boutique producers where red varieties dominate.  After collecting some magnificent wines, make your way through to Wilmington and Horrocks Pass to connect with Highway 1 into Port Augusta. 

Route 2 - Ports of South Australia

While South Australia is famous for the Outback and its wine making regions, we cannot forget about the contribution our ports have made to this great state. Departing Adelaide, your first stop is Port Wakefield. Venture off the main road for enduring history and waterfront buildings. On to Port Pirie, highlighting a beautiful coastal town and harbour that depicts a lifestyle centred on the waters of the gulf. Next stop is Port Augusta, commonly known as the crossroads of Australia - where roads from Adelaide, the Flinders Ranges, Alice Springs, and Perth intersect.

Other Coach

Premier Stateliner operates multiple daily services between Adelaide and Port Augusta. Visit them online to view their current timetable and for bookings or call 1300 85 13 45.


Port Augusta

Regional Express (Rex) commenced three weekly round-trip services between Adelaide and Port Augusta on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from Monday 11 September.

This timetable is now included in Rex's online booking system and you can secure your seats now.

Flight contacts 


Regional Express and Qantas both service Whyalla with daily flights. Whyalla is 79km (54 min) driving distance from Port Augusta.

Airport Transfer - Whyalla

An airport transfer coach will connect with flights on Monday 25 September, departing Whyalla airport approximately 5:30 pm (connects with ZL4536 and QF 2069) and return on Friday 29 September, picking up from our partner hotels to depart Port Augusta at 6.00am (connects ZL4513 and QF2072). Please ensure you book your transfer when registering for the conference.

For information on hire cars, please contact the Whyalla Visitor Information Centre on 1800 088 589 or 08 8645 7900.

Conference Shuttle Bus

The ARS is offering a free shuttle service between our partner hotels, the Central Oval conference centre and function venues. Guests staying at other accommodation are welcome to board at the nearest partner hotel. Download our shuttle schedule here.


Port Augusta offers a range of accommodation options to suit every budget. Special conference accommodation rates have been negotiated with a range of hotels and apartments. A free shuttle bus service will run between partner hotels, conference and function venues.

To book your conference accommodation, please contact your chosen property direct and quote the relevant reference to obtain the discounted rate.

** Individuals must secure their own accommodation. All bookings must be made prior to 21 August 2017 and are subject to availability at the time of booking. Rooms may sell out at particular properties, so we strongly recommend you book early to avoid disappointment! **

Comfort Inn  & Suites Augusta Westside

3 Loudon Road, Port Augusta West

Located, a two-minute stroll from the waterfront, the Comfort Inn & Suites Augusta Westside features an outdoor swimming pool and free parking. All rooms offer complimentary WiFi.

Rates: special conference rates starting from $99 for a standard twin to $170 for a spa apartment

To book, phone (08) 8642 2488 or email and quote ARS2017

 Comfort Inn & Suites Augusta Westside  Comfort Inn & Suites Augusta Westside

Crossroads EcoMotel

45 Eyre Highway, Port Augusta West

Opened in 2014, this eco-friendly motel is constructed of energy efficient rammed earth with double-glazed windows. All units are ground floor and the spacious rooms open onto a large deck area. All rooms are equipped with kitchenette and complimentary WiFi.

Room rates:
$140 Twin room (2 guests)
$125 King room

To book, phone (08) 8642 2540 or email and quote ARS2017

 Crossroads EcoMotel  Crossroads EcoMotel  Crossroads EcoMotel

Majestic Oasis Apartments

Marryatt Street (Foreshore), Port Augusta

This four-star property features one and two bedroom self-contained apartments overlooking the waters of the Upper Spencer Gulf. All apartments are equipped with kitchenette, have free and secure onsite parking and complimentary WiFi.


$130 Studio Apartment           

$140 Deluxe 1 Bedroom      


$165 Waterfront 1 Bedroom

$175 Waterview 1 Bedroom


$200 Waterfront 2 Bedroom


To book, phone 1800 008 648 and quote "Australian Rangeland Society 19th Biennial Conference or book online via this link to take advantage of the special discounted rate.

Please view their flyer for more information about the Majestic Oasis Apartments and to view their terms and conditions.

 Majestic Oasis Apartments Majestic Oasis Apartments

Standpipe Golf Motor Inn

Cnr Eyre and Stuart Highways, Port Augusta

The Standpipe offers quality accommodation surrounded by landscaped gardens, an 18-hole golf course and a grand dining homestead.  All rooms offer free parking and complimentary WiFi. A business centre, room service and coffee makers are among the other amenities available to guests.

To book, phone (08) 8642 4033 or email and quote ARS2017

 Standpipe Golf Motor Inn   Standpipe Golf Motor Inn


For other accommodation options, contact the Wadlata Outback Centre on 1800 633 060 or 8641 9193.

Post-Conference Activities

For information on tours and entertainment to enjoy before or after the conference, visit Wadlata Outback Centre, the official visitor information centre for the Flinders Ranges and Outback.

Wadlata Tunnel of Time  Wadlata Visitor Information Centre