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Monthly Markets
9am to 1pm
Held at the Art Centre, Main Street, Peterborough
Contact: Judith Kempen, Tel: 08 8651 3357 


Australia Day Breakfast
26th January - Town Hall


ANZAC Day Memorial Service & Breakfast
Dawn, 25th April
War Memorial, next to Main Street Rotunda
Breakfast in Town Hall after


Peterborough Art & Cultural Festival
Held over the ten days leading up to, and including, the Easter long weekend
Held in the Town Hall and around Main Street, Peterborough
Contact: Zeni Ferntree (Publicity Officer), Tel: 0437 247 200
Click here to go to our Arts Festival page


Peterborough Rodeo
First weekend in February
Held at the Rodeo grounds, Cemetery Road, Peterborough
Contact: Phil Sleep 0438 247 365, Craig Philip 0429 692 327 or Adrian Roberts 0427 807 972.
For further information click here


Peterborough Patchworkers
State Country Roundup - hosts: Peterborough
Contact: Judy Evans, Tel: 08 8651 2047


Peterborough Christmas Pageant
December 2017 - 6pm


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Town Carriage and Visitor Information Centre

There have been some exciting changes to the Town Carriage in the middle of town recently.  Come along and visit the newly opened Town Carriage Museum - free entry, 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm.  It houses a wonderful time-line exhibit plus a 'virtual' steam train ride experience.

The Visitor Information Centre has moved from the carriage to Steamtown (western end of the Main Street), and further information can be see here: click here.

Heritage Rail Trail ABC Radio Interview

Click here HRT Radio Interview(6241 kb) to listen to Pat Kent, Peterborough Tourism Manager, talking with Ron Kandalaars on ABC Radio (26th Oct 2016) about the Heritage Rail Trail.

Peterborough Tourism - SA Tourism Awards Winner 2015 with the Heritage Rail Trail!

‘Small regional councils can think as big as anybody’

A string of tiny towns along the remote Barrier Highway were the big winners when the judging panel of the South Australian Tourism Awards gave the 2015 Destination Marketing Award to Peterborough Council.

In January, Peterborough Tourism banded together with 13 small communities stretching 400km from Broken Hill to Port Pirie. Realising they were in possession of one of Australia’s greatest industrial stories, they formed the Heritage Rail Trail, which effectively told how a little 3’6” railway line took a vast mineral resource to the world.

 “Today, that railway line is disused and many of these communities are struggling,” said Mayor Ruth Whittle of Peterborough. “But the part they played in transforming Australia from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy was profound.

 “We had this fantastic story. We just needed to find a compelling way to tell it.”

When the Heritage Rail Trail was launched in January, Peterborough Council set a simple goal: to get travellers on the Barrier Highway to stop and spend a little time in these towns.

The Council also set targets by which they could measure the Trail’s success, including annual visitation to Peterborough’s Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre.

“I hope we proved that size is no barrier to success,” said Mayor Whittle. “This award clearly shows that small councils can think just as big as anybody.” 


New Attraction Open in Peterborough

Come along to the Times Printing Office to experience the atmosphere and workings of an original Print Shop, complete with new Interpretive Centre.
Jervois Street, Peterborough.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 2pm (or by appointment)
Entrance fee $5

Tel: 08 8651 2122, 08 8651 2047


Peterborough’s Steamtown inducted into Hall of Fame!

Media release, November 5, 2014

The 2014 South Australian Regional Awards has seen Peterborough’s Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Supported by Brand South Australia, the Regional Awards are a benchmark of excellence that recognise people, enterprises and initiatives that have made a significant contribution to regional South Australia.

At the 2014 Awards night, held on October 28, the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre won the StatewideSuper Tourism Award.

This was its third Tourism Category award (Steamtown also won the category in 2010 and 2012) and for this achievement it was made a member of the Regional Awards Hall of Fame.

The judges said Steamtown has continued to put Peterborough and the Southern Flinders Ranges on the map of both local and interstate travellers and tourists.

Both awards were collected on the night by Steamtown Manager, Pat Kent (above, second from right).

Mr Kent thanked the Peterborough Council, Steamtown staff and the people of Peterborough for making the attraction a continued success during challenging times.

He also said he believed the new Peterborough Tourism website along with a new free mobile app is helping to make Steamtown and the attractions of the town more widely known among its core market, the increasingly tech-savvy ‘grey nomads’.

Brand SA CEO Ms Karen Raffen said the 2014 Regional Awards saw a record number of submissions making the competition stronger than ever before. 



Special Deal - Steamtown

Come along to Steamtown and take advantage of our “special” – you can now receive a crazy 20% discount when you purchase the daily tour with the sound and light show for just $30 per person!

Also, during the summer season, why not take advantage of our airconditioned theatrette to view the incredible Sound and Light Show. 



Steamtown has been awarded a "Certificate of Excellence 2015 and 2016" by TripAdvisor for consistently delivering superior customer service!

Click on the Trip Advisor icon below to read reviews (click on the words 'Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre' to go straight there).

Examples from Trip Advisor:

"Trains" - Well worth it, even if you don't like trains it is worth every penny, tour guide very informative and loves his job and light show sensational.

Visited October 2016

"Informative" - Went to the centre and did the day tour which was great.Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave great insight to the way the trains ran. We went back later for the sound and light show which was amazing. While watching the trains being lit up somewhere out of nowhere we were watching a big screen all about the golden..

Visited October 2016

"Incredible" - The Sound & Light Show us definitely worth a visit, as well as the guided tour through Steamtown, we would like to thank our guide Becci for her very interesting & informative history of Steamtown. We also enjoyed Becci company for lunch after, thank you. Do not miss a chance to visit Steamtown

Visited October 2016

"A must do" - We had a guide who had exceptional knowledge of all the old trains and carriages and the history of steam in the town. It was a fantastic tour.

Visited September 2016


Click on the Trip Advisor icon below to view the latest amazing reviews:


Peterborough Tourism
Main Street
Peterborough SA 5422
Phone: 08 8651 2708
Fax: 08 651 3066