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Wadlata Outback Centre

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Address: 41 Flinders Terrace, Port Augusta, South Australia 5700, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 86 41 9193
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It is free to enter the Wadlata Outback Centre, a major tourism attraction...

It is free to enter the Wadlata Outback Centre, a major tourism attraction and accredited Visitor Information Centre for Port Augusta, the Flinders Ranges & Outback of South Australia. A tour through the Flinders Ranges & Outback's Interpretive Centre, Wadlata's, "Tunnel of Time", the winner of six State Tourism Awards and is a must see and do, but a fee does apply. You could walk through the Time tunnel in 10 minutes or spend 5 hours exploring to find out where the dinosaurs first roamed this land, be introduced to the people who first owned, explored, settled and those who live there today. The Centre includes the Outback Tuckerbox, the accredited Visitor Information Centre, where you can book accommodation, tours and obtain all the information you need for your stay in our Region and for your trip ahead. The gift shop has a great range of Australian Made gifts, a huge range of native bush foods, maps and book and general souvenirs suitable for all age groups.

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Best visitor centre in Australia

Wadlata sets the benchmark for visitor centres. Plenty of merchandise, souvenirs and information. Some of that Australian stuff you need to know. Friendly and knowledgable staff... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
WoOdIe612013
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Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia
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Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wadlata sets the benchmark for visitor centres. Plenty of merchandise, souvenirs and information. Some of that Australian stuff you need to know. Friendly and knowledgable staff. 10/10 Go there!

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Thank WoOdIe612013
MaryPortAugusta, Manager at Wadlata Outback Centre, responded to this review

WoOdle612013, I realise this is not your name and it seems really strange to address you in this way, but I just wanted to thank you for visiting Wadlata in the first place, but to also let us know we were able to help you and to know you enjoyed your visit. As Port Augusta is at the Cross Roads... More 

Glendale, Australia
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this amazing centre in 2015 in June,wow what an experience,after a nervous walk through the mouth of enormous serpent we spent almost 3 hrs wonder and enlightenment. We travelled through time learning how this country was formed,of the original inhabitants their customs and beliefs, of the many animals and plant life,of the first European settlers and explores. The... More 

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Thank douglas P
MaryPortAugusta, Manager at Wadlata Outback Centre, responded to this review

Excellent, Douglas. It makes me feel good to learn you enjoyed your visit to our very important Flinders Ranges & Outback's Tunnel of Time. Many visitors do not realise how large the Tunnel of Time is because from the outside of the building you cannot see that the displays wrap around the entire front and side of the very unusual... More 

Whyalla
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting for all ages Somewhat interactive Lovely souvenirs Children loved the entrance Can be over quite quickly with younger children

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Thank Crowes11
MaryPortAugusta, Manager at Wadlata Outback Centre, responded to this review

Hi Crowes11..love the name!..Just wanted to thank you for visiting Wadlata and to learn your visit was quite quick due to having younger children. This is why we do offer a Pass Out so you can visit again free of charge when you can. We want you to have every opportunity and time to experience every thing we include in... More 

Buddina, Australia
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26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

So much to see & experience in this fabulous Outback Centre. Exhibits & interactive displays well worth taking your time to take in all the information on display for one to read. Movies of the early settlers & reptiles & more from an early era. Good food made to order. Very pleasant staff. This was really an added A1 experience... More 

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Thank marylyn b
MaryPortAugusta, Manager at Wadlata Outback Centre, responded to this review

Heck Marylyn b..... I am so glad you enjoyed your visit to Wadlata and I apologise for the late response to you. We really appreciate it when our visitors let us know of their experience after visiting Wadlata and our Tunnel of Time. I will let the girls know in the Outback Tuckerbox you enjoyed their food. We cook just... More 

Sydney, Australia
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77 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

A very informative and well presented display of the geographical and human history of the South Australian desert. The exhibits are well constructed and some are interactive which adds to the experience. Children would love this place but we also got a lot out of the information as well.

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Thank GeorgyLynn
MaryPortAugusta, Manager at Wadlata Outback Centre, responded to this review

Thanks so much GeorgyLynn....Sorry for taking so long to respond to your review. I did read it when it was posted and it put a smile on my face. But I always intended to let you know we really did appreciate you letting us know you enjoyed your visit. When we planned the content of the Tunnel of Time, many... More 

Perth, Australia
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214 reviews
198 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

A very informative and well presented attraction. This place gives great insight and understanding of our Aboriginal culture.

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Thank 382albert
MaryPortAugusta, Manager at Wadlata Outback Centre, responded to this review

Hi Albert....Wadlata's Tunnel of Time is the only interpretive centre for the Flinders Ranges and Outback certainly is a brilliant educational resource where you can have fun while your are learning. Not only do you gain a better understanding of the Aboriginal peoples affiliation with the land but we provide "two views". Where we provide the Aboriginal interpretation we also... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This Information Centre is an amazing step back in time. Exhibits are extremely well presented and when you visit, make sure you have a few hours to spare. There is an abundance of information and a look back at how hard discovering this wonderful land of ours must have been for the early explorers. Staff are most helpful and there... More 

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Thank Ann J
MaryPortAugusta, Manager at Wadlata Outback Centre, responded to this review

Heck Ann that is fantastic. So happy you enjoyed every aspect of your visit. We so much appreciate you letting us know as we really do care about providing a really high standard attraction and to provide the services, which will leave the visitor knowing more about Port Augusta and our Flinders Ranges and Outback Region. We want to leave... More 

Port Augusta
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Have been having lunch here for a long time. Always nice service, food and coffee. Also has a nice atmosphere.

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Thank HolidayMan500
MaryPortAugusta, Manager at Wadlata Outback Centre, responded to this review

Ohh that's lovely...thank you so much for letting us know. I will certainly let our staff know you enjoyed your visit, food and hopefully our coffee. We always like our visitors to let us know if they would like their coffee a certain way as we know many people would like it to be hotter, as per the temperature we... More 

Balikpapan
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186 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

You could probably get the same effect by buying a video. So many of the exhibits were videos that we ended up going early rather than sit through another one. It's a shame, as it could be more interactive and I personally would prefer more actual exhibits rather than videos. If you've got plenty of time to sit through them... More 

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Thank TanjungBaraDiver
MaryPortAugusta, Manager at Wadlata Outback Centre, responded to this review

Hi Tanjung. It is really disappointing to me to find you did not feel you could experience any more of our multi award winning "Tunnel of Time". You would not be able to buy 10 of the 11 videos, which is only a really small section of our 48 interpretive interactive displays you mention. They are Tom Kruse's Mail Run... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

This centre is beautifully presented with a wealth of information on Australia's outback history and dreamtime stories. The visitor is led through a journey from prehistoric times through to the present.

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Thank mervrost
MaryPortAugusta, Manager at Wadlata Outback Centre, responded to this review

Thanks so much Merv in taking time out to leave your review after visiting our beautiful centre. Hope you picked up your Pass Out to return again as it will still be valid until we are lucky enough to undertake another major upgrade. It not just let me know and I can always send you one. Always so much to... More 

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