January 2, 2007 12:08am CST
I come from Port Augusta. This is a city of approximately 13,000 at the top of Spencers Gulf. Situated in South Australia, although near the desert, it is at the base of the Flinders Ranges, which makes for a very attractive setting. The population used to be higher in Port Augusta, but it went down when a lot of the railways closed, thus reducing many jobs. Port Augusta is considered an industrial city, with the huge power station supplying electricity to two thirds of the State. There are many people of Aboriginal descent living in Port Augusta, approximately one quarter of the population. There is a magnificent outdoor Desert Garden which is free to visit.
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• United States
1 Feb 07
Am so enamored with Australia and the history that I know of it. Strange that beauty be so industrial in the midst of a land with so many oddities at least where the rest of the world is concerned. Being on the ocean would bring its own beauty and struggles I imagine. Adore the Aboriginals, their history and endurance which makes them survivors. Would love to hear more about this land!
2 Feb 07
Thank you for your comments. Yes, Australia is "different". I love the scenery and animals, although I guess our isolation makes a few difficulties, mainly in flights overseas. I am of Aboriginal descent, & yes, the Aboriginals have a fascinating history.
• United States
4 Jan 07
Sounds like a beautiful place to live. I live in the northeastern region of the USA. We have 4 seasons. Each holds its own beauty. Winter is glorious (when it snows...this year we have had so little) with mother nature dusting the landscape with a layer of white fluff. Spring air is thick with warm perfume of the melting snow and the budding trees. Summer is warm and sunny. Fall sets the mountains ablaze with color. People from near and far travel the roads and highways enjoying what most residents take for granted.
5 Jan 07
Well, Port Augusta is not considered beautiful by many people in our State, being an industrial city, & a lot of people are not well off, so it is a poor area. Although the background of the Flinders Ranges does make it more attractive. It is almost the oppopsite of your snowy place. No snow here, & it often gets to over 40 degrees Celcuis in Summer. Your town/city sounds wonderful. Cheers Jenny