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Peterborough is a town in South Australia.


Peterborough was settled in the 1870s, and was initially known as 'Petersburg'. The name of the town was anglicised to Peterborough in 1918, as a result of the First World War. It was one of 69 towns in South Australia whose names were changed from German or German-influenced names to anglicised ones.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Peterborough is a 250km drive from Adelaide which would take around 2 hours and a bit via the A32 Barrier Highway and B79 Petersburg Road. Road is a high quality road, with mostly 110km/h limits.

By bus[edit]

York Peninsula Coaches have services to Peterborough three times a week, at around a cost of $50-65.

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre, 1 Telford Avenue, +61 8 8651-3355, fax: +61 8 8651-2173. 9AM-5PM daily. Peterborough was once a vast rail operation, a crossroads on former narrow-gauge lines, with a hundred steam locomotives daily heading to all corners of Australia. Many of the lines were re-gauged or closed; a heritage railway line which ran north in the late 1970s was abandoned in 2002 and dismantled in 2008. The sheds and heritage-listed roundhouse were preserved as a static museum with locomotives and carriages. A night-time ‘Sound and Light Show’ is presented (extra cost). $15/person for guided tours. Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre (Q7605492) on Wikidata Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre on Wikipedia
  • 2 The Town Carriage Miseum (Railway Carriage Museum).






  • Peterborough Caravan Park. Mini-golf.
  • 1 Roundhouse Motel, 25 Queen St, +61 8 8651 2078. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM.


Go next[edit]

Routes through Peterborough
Adelaide ← Gladstone ←  W  E  Broken Hill

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