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Monthly Markets
9am to 1pm
Held at the Art Centre, Main Street, Peterborough
Contact: Julie Atkinson, Tel: 0481 367 393 


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: Meredith Montgomery, Tel: 0438 313 193
Click here to go to our Arts Festival page


Peterborough Rodeo
Early 2020
Held at the Rodeo grounds, Cemetery Road, Peterborough
Further information to be relased


Peterborough Patchworkers
Contact: Judy Evans, Tel: 08 8651 2047


Peterborough Christmas Pageant
Date TBA December 2019 - 6pm


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Peterborough Tourism - SA Tourism Awards Winner 2017, Local Government & Silver in Destination Marketing!
2017 Winner Silver 2017
Read more here
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" by TripAdvisor for the past 4 consecutive years (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) for consistently delivering superior customer service and again!

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:

"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


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