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Population: 15 291 The city of Port Augusta sits at the apex of Spencer Gulf and is known as the crossroads of Australia. the spot where flinders stepped ashore on March 10. In the history of white settlement, the site was charted by Matthew Flinders in 1802 and was developed early on as a major port of export for the outback's wool, wheat and minerals. Today, Port Augusta is a busy outback centre with a large power generation plant and railway workshops.