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Peterborough - Cities, Towns and Localities
Home of the only triple gauge working turntable in Australia, ‘Steamtown Peterborough’ offers a unique heritage of railway depot with its historic engines and carriages, as well as a collection of photos and memorabilia.

Relax at Victoria Park, or take a guided bus tour of the town. There is the History Walk and marvel at the sandstone buildings. See Federation Quilt, enjoy Ranns and Leys Museums or take one of the self drive tours of the area.

Check out our listing of Peterborough accommodation. For additional attractions, tours and other information drop into the local tourism visitor centre (a converted old railway passenger carriage). The centre is staffed by volunteers and profits from the sale of souvenirs is put back into promoting the town and area.

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Peterborough Information Centre
Main Street
PETERBOROUGH SA 5422
Ph: 08 8651 2708
Web: www.peterboroughsa.com.au
Web: www.peterborough.au.com

For those travellers towing a caravan, trailer or large vehicle, Peterborough has provided a large parking area just off the Main Street, behind the Tourist Information Centre.

Open
Opened most days 10 am - 3 pm
Staffed by volunteers
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Peterborough Attractions

Celebrating 125 Years of Rail
• Ph: 08 8651 2137 (Chris Woodman) • Email
Back in June, 2006 Peterborough celebrated 125 Years of Rail.
How it all began — In December 1880, the railways officially arrived in the town when the line between Petersburg and Jamestown was opened. This was followed in May 1881 when the line to Adelaide via Terowie was completed and was soon followed by the line to Orroroo and eventually Pt Augusta. The cycle was completed in 1887 when the line to Cockburn on the NSW border was opened. The town would go ahead in leaps and bounds after that.

Unfortunately the railways has all but gone but Peterborough is still a town that celebrates it railway history. Today you can visit the many rail attractions through the town.
Railway Memorial
The Railway Memorial in front of the Y Class Locomotive in the Main Street of Peterborough was officially unveiled on the 19th of June 2005. The purpose of the memorial is to acknowledge the railway employees who passed away at work and were living in Peterborough at the time.

The walkway leading up to and surrounding the memorial consists of engraved pavers purchased by family/friends of railway employees who have worked in Peterborough from 1881 to the present day. The pavers consist of the persons name, what they did and the years that they served in the railways in Peterborough. It is estimated that there has been in excess of 10,000 individual railway workers pass through the town in that time.

There are pavers being added to this walkway on a regular basis. If you would like to purchase a paver for this memorial just visit the Peterborough Tourist Promotion Association site for details.
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Peterborough Distance

Distance to Peterborough
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Peterborough:
  Km
Adelaide 260
Burra 100
• Cockburn 235
Hawker 144
  Km
Marree 417
Orroroo 36
Port Augusta 131
Port Pirie 108
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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• Peterborough Maps
A printable town map is available from Peterborough Tourist Promotion Association
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