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Heritage Rail Trail

Heritage Rail Trail: Explore 14 historic townships between Broken Hill and Port Pirie 

Visit 14 townships between Broken Hill and Port Pirie along 400km of historic, world-famous rail.

The Heritage Rail Trail helped transform Australia from an agricultural outpost to an industrial economy in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The railway line transported silver, lead and zinc from the newly established BHP mining operation in Broken Hill to ships in Port Pirie, in South Australia's mid north.


These days the Indian Pacific train and vehicles travelling along the Barrier Highway run alongside this historic railway line. Download the Heritage Rail Trail brochure and follow this iconic route through South Australia's outback and Southern Flinders Ranges. 


You can also experience this historic trail with the help of your phone - and the Daytrippa website. The mobile guide will provide you with maps, stories, audio content and much much more to help you explore this historic trail as well as Peterborough and other sites in the area.

Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre

Steamtown Heritage Railway Centre in Peterborough.

One of the main attractions along the rail trail is the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre at Peterborough - about three hours drive from Adelaide. Take a day tour around this unique site or stay for the after-dark Sound and Light Show.

Sitting in a restored 1916 historic rail carriage, you'll be taken through the tunnels of time to learn about Peterborough, railways in South Australia and the many fascinating personal stories associated with it. 
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