Stage 1:

Port Pirie to Peterborough

A regional economic revitalisation initiative through community-led heritage regeneration.

We would like to acknowledge the First Nations people of the land that the Silver to Sea Way passes through, the Nukunu, Ngadjuri, Adnyamathanha, Wilyakali and Barkandji nations. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

The Silver to Sea Way is a heritage regeneration project designed to encourage more visitors to explore the route between Port Pirie in the mid-north of South Australia and Broken Hill in New South Wales.

The Silver to Sea Way is investing in the regeneration of heritage places, as well as the creation of new digital visitor experiences. In addition to exploring and promoting local stories, the Silver to Sea Way will also link existing businesses and activities to promote the route as a great tourist destination.

Stage 1 of the project (Port Pirie to Peterborough) has been funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Building Better Regions fund (Round 4) and is scheduled for completion at the end of 2022.

Silver to Sea Way

Stage 1: Port Pirie to Peterborough

Traversing some 415km between Port Pirie (SA) and Silverton (NSW), 

the Silver to Sea Way follows one of the most historically significant transport routes in Australia.

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Traditional trades training workshop at Port Pirie Railway Station, 2018.
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Artist’s impression of interactive night-time experience at Gladstone Gaol.


The development of the Silver to Sea Way has four principal objectives:


The Silver to Sea Way transforms the idea of a tourism driving route into an economic revitalisation project by using the area’s built and cultural heritage to create a compelling tourism experience. The integrated trail concept links destinations and visitor experiences across the whole journey to attract and engage visitors for longer and encourage them to stop, stay and spend along the route.


The project will be implemented using a staged approach. The first stage of the project – from Port Pirie to Peterborough
– will commence in 2021. Stage 2, from Peterborough to Broken Hill, will be scoped and costed during the implementation of Stage 1.


The project innovates in the following ways:

Outcomes & Benefits of the Silver to Sea Way

Economic modelling commissioned in advance of this project suggests a significant Return on Investment (ROI) over ten years, with an ROI ratio of 12:1 on the initial Australian Government investment.

Stage 1: Return on Investment

Additional benefits

In addition to the economic returns modelled above, the following social, cultural and environmental benefits will also accrue:

Project evaluation will measure: