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The Standpipe is family owned and run, employing a diverse range of staff members that bring their experience and talents together to provide exceptional customer service for our guests. From the groundskeepers to our world-class chefs in our Indian restaurant, every member of our team is committed to providing a wonderful experience for you.
The Standpipe holds all current national accreditations, including AAA Tourism, so you’ll know you’re in good hands when you choose to stay with us. We’re here to make your stay as comfortable and as convenient as possible.
Our beautiful Standpipe Inn has a rich and fascinating history that still captures imaginations today. First established as an outback hotel back in 1883, the Standpipe provided a final watering spot at the end of the pipeline from Port Augusta. At that time, camels were used as an ideal transport option for travelling long distances in hot, dry conditions. Afghan cameleers, or teamsters, would stop to water their camels at the Standpipe before venturing into the dusty north to deliver supplies and help explore and develop Australia’s interior. When it first opened, the Standpipe premises offered a billiard room, skittles, stockyards, bullock cueing pens and horses for hire and it became a popular meeting place, though with the decline of the teamsters came the closing of the hotel licence in 1901.
Throughout many years, the Standpipe building performed various roles including that of a nursing home, flats and private residence, but eventually it once more became a haven for weary travellers. The original 1883 homestead has now been lovingly restored into a dining room, a variety of conference and meeting rooms, cellars, lounge bar and beautiful alfresco area, complemented by 85 accommodation suites.
Throughout the property you can still see aspects of the property’s past in its historical pictures, prints, and architectural elements. You can even visit the original wine cellars that were first used over 130 years ago. Just imagine the stories those walls could tell.
The Standpipe has been a proudly been a part of the Port Augusta and wider community for over 130 years. That’s why we’re happy to help out wherever we can. Here are just some of the local events and clubs we’ve been involved with over the years: