Beachport

Jetty and boats, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 342

Beachport started out as a whaling port. Today the crayfish industry has taken over and the town has South Australia's second-longest jetty, favoured by anglers young and old with regular catches including whiting, flathead and garfish. People flock here for summer holidays to relax on the beautiful sandy beaches and swim in the bay. The Bowman Scenic Drive provides stunning views over the Southern Ocean with access to sheltered coves and rocky headlands for the adventurous to explore. It is also a great place for whale-watching.

Visitor Information

Millicent Rd; (08) 8735 8029

www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au

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  • Wyperfeld National Park

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Nearby towns

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  • Kingston S.E.

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In Town

Old Wool and Grain Store Museum The old store contains a whaling and fishing display including harpoons and whaling pots, as well as relics from shipwrecks off the coastline. Upstairs rooms are furnished in the style of the day. Natural history display features local and migratory seabirds. Open 10am–4pm Mon–Sun (holiday period), 10am–1pm Sun (other times); 5 Railway Tce; (08) 8735 2077.

Lanky's Walk: a short walk through bushland to Lanky's Well, where the last full-blood member of the Boandik tribe camped while working as a police tracker; begins on Railway Tce North; details on this and other walks from visitor centre.

Pool of Siloam: this small lake, 7 times saltier than the sea, is said to be a cure for all manner of ailments. Also a popular swimming spot; end of McCourt St.

Lighthouse: the original lighthouse was located on Penguin Island, a breeding ground for seals and penguins offshore from Cape Martin, where the current lighthouse now stands. It offers good views of the island from the cape; south of town.

Nearby

Beachport Conservation Park This park is a succession of white beaches, sand dunes and rugged limestone cliffs, with the southern shore of Lake George lying inland. The coast is dotted with ancient shell middens and is accessed primarily by 4WD or on foot. Five Mile Drift, a beach on Lake George, is a good base for swimming, sailing and windsurfing. Access to the coast side is via Bowman Scenic Dr, which begins at the lighthouse. Access to the Lake George side is via Railway Tce North. 4 km NW.

Woakwine Cutting: an incredible gorge, cut through Woakwine Range by one man to drain swampland and allow farming, with viewing platform, information boards and machinery exhibit; 10 km N.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Picnicking around Mount Gambier 78 km

Mount Gambier has some extraordinary picnic spots around collapsed caves that are now beautiful sinkhole gardens. Try Cave Gardens or the stunning Umpherston Sinkhole, which has free barbecues and good facilities.... Find out more


Campsites around town

Three Mile Bend camping area 3 km

The campsites here, tucked among the paperbarks on the edge of Lake George, are large, sheltered and well separated. The camping area is 5 km north of Beachport along Five Mile Drift Rd. Bring wood and water and pick up... Find out more


Rooney Point camping area 5 km

A camping area for self-sufficient campers is found 7 km north of Beachport along Five Mile Drift Rd; the self-registration station for permits is on this road.... Find out more


Kotgee camping area 16 km

There are 7 sites here for self-sufficient campers, 2.6 km south-east of Southend via Boozy Gully access road. The sites are 400 m along Bevilaqua Ford Track.... Find out more


Nal-a-wort camping area 16 km

There are more camping sites around 100 m further along the Bevilaqua Ford Track, next door to the Kotgee camping area.... Find out more


Geltwood Beach camping area 28 km

This campground offers coastal access  for conventional vehicles, accessed from Oil Rig Square Track off Canunda Causeway Rd, 14 km west of Millicent. The 4 sites are 700 m west of the track.... Find out more


Old Man Lake camping area 30 km

Sheltered spots are easily accessible from Nora Creina Dr, 14 km south of Robe. This is the spot with the best view. You need to be self-sufficient; pick up a permit from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more


Long Gully camping area 31 km

A popular coastal site with all-vehicle access, Long Gully is on the Long Gully Track. It’s off Nora Creina Dr, 13 km south of Robe. Bring wood and get a permit from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more


The Gums camping area 39 km

The Gums self-sufficient camping area is reached from The Gums Track, off the Eastern Boundary Track, 5 km south of Robe. It is good for small vans. Pick up a permit from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more


Stony Rise camping area 40 km

The northernmost camping area in the park is only 4 km south of Robe, reached from Stony Rise Track off Robe St. There is plenty of room for 4WDs and vans. Pick up a permit from one of the self-registration stations in... Find out more


Number Two Rocks camping area 47 km

There are 2 self-sufficient camping areas found 14.6 km and 14.8 km north of Carpenter Rocks. Access is 4WD-only along the marked coastal track. A permit is required from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Beachport’s Southern Ocean Tourist Park 1 km

This large, spacious park in a popular resort town has very good amenities and sites are reasonably priced. It is situated in an area where fishing and recreational water activities are the main attractions. Bookings are... Find out more


Millicent Lakeside Caravan Park 31 km

This is a spacious, neat and tidy park with good basic facilities. A convenient, wellstocked shop is adjacent, at the town’s excellent swimming complex (an artificial lake). Bookings are required in peak periods,... Find out more


Discovery Holiday Parks – Robe 41 km

This good quality park is an easy walk across the road from a popular beach, about 2 km from the centre of the coastal resort town. This is a great place to stay. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long... Find out more


Lakeside Tourist Park 41 km

This spacious lakeside park is located about 1 km from the centre of the popular coastal town of Robe. There is plenty of green grass and good facilities at a reasonable price. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more


Sea Vu Caravan Park 42 km

This park is a short walk to the beach and just 1 km from the centre of Robe. Areas of the park are elevated with views out to sea. Bookings are required at Christmas and Easter, when there is a minimum-stay period. Pets... Find out more


Kalganyi Holiday Park 78 km

This is a very good park set in a quiet, treed area on the northern outskirts of Mount Gambier. It has extensive facilities including ensuite sites. This is a good base from which to explore the Mount Gambier region.... Find out more


Blue Lake Holiday Park 78 km

Located south of the city centre, this wellshaded quality park adjoins the golf course and is adjacent to Mount Gambier’s premier attraction, the spectacular Blue Lake. This is a fabulous base for exploring the... Find out more


Port MacDonnell Foreshore Tourist Park 89 km

A good value, budget-priced park situated on the beachfront, about 1.5 km from the centre of Port MacDonnell, the park has good facilities and is an ideal location from which to explore the historic region. There is a... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Beachport Harbourmasters

You’re in the box seat in this bright one-bedroom unit overlooking all the action in Rivoli Bay. Very smartly renovated, there’s a single queen-size bedroom, open living area (with sofa bed) and spa bathroom... Find out more


Beachport Retreat

This comfortable house is versatile enough to suit a travelling couple or an entire family settling in for a holiday. Close to the town’s shops and restaurants, it’s also just a few minutes’ walk to the... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Clay Wells rest area 22 km

77km S of Kingston (R) or 28km N of Millicent (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Murrabinna rest area 70 km

11km E of Kingston (L) or 94km N of Millicent (R)

Just off the highway among trees.


Forestry Info rest area 71 km

16km S of Penola (L) or 35km N of Mt Gambier (R)

Just off the highway on the edge of a forest.


Penola South rest area 72 km

12km S of Penola (R) or 39km N of Mt Gambier (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees. 


Greenrise Lake park area 73 km

3km S of Penola (R) or 48km N of Mt Gambier (L)

Just off the highway on the shores of the (usually dry) lake.


Bool Lagoon camping area 75 km

T/O 18km S of Naracoorte (R) or 33km N of Penola (L)

At the lagoon 7km west of the highway.


Coonawarra rest area 77 km

38km S of Naracoorte (R) or 13km N of Penola (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Mount Gambier Park Area 78 km

North-east side of town

Parking area at the Lady Nelson Visitor Information Centre.


Father Woods rest area 80 km

31km S of Naracoorte (L) or 20km N of Penola (R)

Just off the road near several unique wood carvings.


Struan rest area 81 km

18km S of Naracoorte (L) or 33km N of Penola (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Pinnaster rest area 93 km

18km SE of Mt Gambier (L) or 70km NW of Heywood (R)

Just off the highway among the trees.


Coorong rest area 96 km

120km S of Meningie (R) or 24km N of Kingston (L)

Just off the highway among shady trees.


Morambro Creek rest area 98 km

83km S of Keith (L) or 25km N of Naracoorte (R)

Under shady trees at the junction with Bordertown Rd.


Black Cockatoo Bush camping area 99 km

T/O at Naracoorte

Large campground in a natural bush setting 14km (partly unsealed) north-east of Naracoorte via Cadgee and Chapples rds. Some powered sites and other accommodation available.


What's on around town

Market: Sat long weekends (Jan, Easter and Oct).

Duck Race: Jan.

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