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Port Pirie – one of the Best Grey Nomad Experiences in Australia

South Australia’s best touring destinations for Grey Nomads

Grey Nomads have evolved from oldies towing equally as antiquated caravans at snails pace, to savvy travellers, envied by many as they explore the great offerings of Australia with the modern conveniences of luxury vans, roof top campers or mobile mansions.

The over 55’s have embraced Grey Nomadism, and Aussie towns have welcomed them, with specialised facilities, inviting them to stay, explore and pass the word on to fellow nomads. And to help with that, the National Grey Nomad Awards shine a light on regional Australia by showcasing the very best places to stay and play, while supporting positive aging through adventure and social inclusion.

After rigorous judging, by mature-age tourism professionals, some of whom have experienced the Grey Nomad lifestyle personally, the Spencer Gulf town of Port Pirie has been recognised as they Best Grey Nomad Experience in South Australia, as well as taking the National bronze award for Best Grey Nomad Friendly Town.


Judges said the Highway Town, in the Flinders Ranges and Outback tourism region, was the perfect SA destination for travellers seeking a rich blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, with the welcoming seaport town boasting a diverse range of activities and experiences.

“Port Pirie has considered every aspect of the RV traveller journey and understands that it is often the small things that combine to make an epic experience which encourage travellers to stay longer, spend more and return.

“In Port Pirie’s case this includes not-so-glamorous but necessary facilities, such as free dump points and potable water, plus long vehicle parking, easy access to shopping and medical facilities, as well as a list of reliable and swift-to-respond mechanical services,” the judges said.

For history enthusiasts, Port Pirie offers captivating museums, a self-guided heritage walk, and an array of heritage buildings. Art lovers can explore the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery (where you’ll find the Visitor Centre) with its ever-changing exhibitions, and a Mural Trail that adorns the CBD.

The town also offers stunning parks and gardens, cycling trails, and excellent shopping, dining, and café experiences, while nature lovers will revel in the stunning landscapes, with the Flinders Ranges and Outback nearby, making Port Pirie an excellent base for scenic drives.

The Awards provide verified information helping to guide travellers on where to travel, where to stay and what to experience along the way, which makes winning a prestigious Grey Nomad Award a valuable marketing tool.

Other South Aussie hot spots for Grey Nomads, receiving recognition at the awards include:-

  • Best Community Stay: Berri Riverside Holiday Park, Riverland SA GOLD

  • Best Community Stay: Cleve Showgrounds RV Park, Eyre Peninsula SA – SILVER

  • Best Large Caravan Park: Berri Riverside Holiday Park, Riverland SA – Silver

  • Best Trail: Flinders Ranges Self Drive Loop, Flinders Ranges and Outback SA – Silver

  • Best Pub Stay: Overland Corner Hotel, Riverland SA – Silver

  • Best Freedom Stay: Mikkira Station Koala Sanctuary, Eyre Peninsula SA – Bronze

  • Best Pub Stay: The Cradock Hotel, Cradock, Flinders Ranges and Outback SA – Bronze

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australians aged over 55 represent one of the biggest opportunities in domestic tourism. They possess 32 per cent of Australia’s disposable income, along with the flexibility and motivation to travel


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