From red dirt to glittering sea, heritage trail is success

WINNER: Port Pirie Regional Council revealed the winner of the Heritage Rail Trail Fuel Competition.
WINNER: Port Pirie Regional Council revealed the winner of the Heritage Rail Trail Fuel Competition.

The Heritage Rail Trail Fuel Competition has now closed after eight months and council has revealed that the winner of a $2000 BP fuel card is from New South Wales.

The trail begins in the red dirt of Broken Hill and ends at the gulf waters of Port Pirie – a 400km legacy of the world’s most profitable stretch of railway.

The stretch was finished in 1887 and decommissioned in 1970. It stopped at 15 towns, including the once-mighty steam heartland that was Peterborough.

The trail portrays the parched outback plains, hillside pastures and the glittering waters of Port Pirie on the Spencer Gulf.

The competition was to encourage people to stop in to the towns along the way to embrace some of their history about how and why they were established and their connection with the route.

Entrants had to collect unique stamps from each of the Visitor Information Centres in Broken Hill, Peterborough and Port Pirie.

A Port Pirie Regional Council spokeswoman said it was great to see that people were travelling the journey, from Broken Hill, through Peterborough and “that we are attracting visitors from intrastate and interstate, including Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, to visit Port Pirie.

The next promotional activity will be the screening of the One Road–Great Australian Road Trips episode, on 7TWO, hosted by Troy Gray.

It will feature the new name for the Heritage Rail Trail – the Silver 2 Sea Way.

The telecast date for One Road is yet to be confirmed by the network.

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