District Council of Peterborough

Tourist Information

Since the settlement of Peterborough in the 1800s, the railways were incredibly important to the district, with the town being the ‘crossroads’ of Australia, linking north, south, east and west.  In 1880 the lines linking Port Pirie and Adelaide were opened, followed by the line to Orroroo to the north, and finally Broken Hill/Silverton to East and the NSW border.

It wasn’t just freight and ore which passed through Peterborough, the Old Ghan did from 1929 with the original narrow gauge tracks still in place. The first transcontinental (Brisbane to Perth) started passing through Peterborough from 1917, and the first Indian-Pacific passenger express did so too from February 1970, and continues to do so today.

Unfortunately the railways has all but left the town, however the assets and memories of that great steam era has been preserved at the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre at the western end of town, which is well worth a visit!

Click here for a link to Steamtown and the tours and viewings they have on offer.

View here a preview to the award winning Sound and Light Show held at Steamtown - it'll take your breath away:

Consequently, over the last few years the local Council has set aside money and utilised many Government Grants to improve the lifestyle and appearance of the town to hopefully encourage tourists to the area. As a result of this, the town has won many awards in the statewide KESAB Tidy Towns Competition for its continued improvement and innovative approach.

The following link to the Peterborough tourism website (www.visitpeterboroughsa.com.au) has a lot of information on areas around Peterborough to visit, such as the brand new Town Carriage Museum, Greg Duggan Nature Reserve, Printing Works, History Walk and Steamtown. There are also many attractions in the region which are detailed, such as Dragons Rest Habitat Gardens, YMCA Building including the Meldonfield Collection, The Burg and the Black Rock Gallery. Included in the site is a large database of the local businesses, services and accommodation, as well as lots of other information. 

Also available is Peterborough's new Mobile Guide/App, for free!  Simply click here on: www.daytrippa.com.au/peterborough-sa and then request the link to your email address.  This Guide is best viewed on a mobile phone or tablet.

Another exciting venture which has been created, is the Heritage Rail Trail.  This fascinating journey which takes you from Broken Hill to Port Pirie via Peterborough, or vice versa, tells the story of a nation built on the railways, and how it transformed the region.  Click here to go straight to the trail mobile guide where there are live maps, interviews with men that worked on the railways, stories and much much more:  www.daytrippa.com.au/heritage-rail-trail/full-guide/home/

Click here for our Peterborough Tourism Brochure: Tourism Brochure(5097 kb) (Updated version coming soon - please note, St Cecilia's no longer offers accommodation)

Visitor Information Centre - located at Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre, 2 Telford Avenue (the western end of Main Street), is open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm.

April 2017 - New attraction open in Peterborough!

Come along to the brand new Town Carriage Museum in the centre of town.
Main Street, Peterborough.
Open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm, free entry 

View here a couple of segments from Channel 7's SA Weekender show (aired 17th September 2017 and 19th November 2017), featuring Steamtown, the sound and light show and the new carriage museum as well as Cafe 229, the historic Print Shop and the Meldonfield Miniatures :


Click here to learn more about the exciting changes at the Town Carriage and Visitor Information Centre.


We did it again!  Peterborough Tourism - SA Tourism Award Winner 2017, Local Government, & Silver for Destination Marketing?

2017 Winner Silver 2017

Read more here



Peterborough Tourism - SA Tourism Award Winner 2015, Destination Marketing.

Click here to read the press release.


Steamtown inducted into Hall of Fame after winning the Tourism Category at the Regional Awards in 2014.

Click here to read the press release.




Steamtown has been awarded a "Certificate of Excellence" by TripAdvisor for the past 4 consecutive years (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) for consistently delivering superior customer service and again!

Examples from Trip Advisor:

"Fantastic Museum" - This was one of the best railway museums that we have been to. There is so much to see and the guide was great, had lots of interesting history to pass on. It really is worth calling in to see. I especially loved all the history on the trains that travelled the outback with a nurse so that young mothers could bring their babies in for checkups. Also great to see the beautiful carriages for VIPs

Visited January 2018


The Major Highlight of Peterborough” - We did the day , then the night show. It was a fantastic experience. Our guide during the day was an ex employee of the railways and was a font of knowledge. There are lots of old trains to see and you can enter most of them. It is a real insight into the area , which was a major point in the rail network in Australia. Do not miss this attraction.

Visited December 2017


Peterborough at its best” - This is our 2nd visit to Peterborough and we vowed to revisit and take a tour of the rail centre and we were not disappointed. Becci our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about steam and diesel trains which made the tour very informative and interesting. We have visited other Rail museums but Peterborough has a fantastic collection of trains and memorabilia, you can spend hours on the tour and looking around. We did not get a chance to take the sound and light show at the museum but will be back to visit this interesting town.

Visited October 2017


District Council of Peterborough
108 Main Street, PO Box 121
Peterborough SA 5422
Phone: 08 8651 3566
Fax: 08 8651 3066