Port Broughton

Blue swimmer crab, John Lewis / Auscape International

Population 910

This Yorke Peninsula holiday town has a quiet coastal feel in winter and bustles with sun-seeking holiday-makers in summer. Set on a quiet inlet on Spencer Gulf, it has a long fishing history. In the 1900s the fishing fleets and ketches operated from the jetty. Today the town is still a major port for fishing boats and each week truckloads of blue swimmer crabs depart for city restaurants.

Visitor Information

McKay Street, Port Broughton; 0498 085 012


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In Town

Heritage Centre: local history museum in the old school; Edmund St.

Sailboat hire and fishing charters: from foreshore.

Town jetty: popular fishing spot.

Historical walking trail: grab a Walk Around Port Broughton booklet from the visitor centre and navigate the historical sights of the town, including the Heritage Plaques on the foreshore.


Fisherman Bay: fishing, boating and holiday spot with over 400 holiday shacks; 5 km N along the coast.

Fishing spots near town

Port Broughton 3 km

Port Broughton is a favourite destination for anglers wanting to fish from charter boats. The boat ramp in the sheltered harbour is next to a small pier complex and is popular for small fish including salmon, Tommy ruff,... Find out more

Wallaroo 46 km

The small SA seaport of Wallaroo, north of Moonta, offers an excellent base for anglers wanting to catch big snapper, King George whiting, Australian salmon and yellowtail kingfish. Many of the reef systems are close to... Find out more

Point Lowly 68 km

The Point Lowly lighthouse marks the southern extremity of Fitzgerald Bay. Near the lighthouse is a small community of shacks. These lighthouse cottages are cared for by the Uniting Church, and are available for hire. It... Find out more

Whyalla 70 km

Whyalla is snapper central for anglers. Every Easter the Australian Snapper Championships are based here and the top ten snapper weighed in are always over 10 kg. As you would expect with a destination where fishing is... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Diving with cuttlefish, off Whyalla 72 km

Every year between May and September, thousands of Australian giant cuttlefish converge on the rocky coastline between Fitzgerald Bay and False Bay at Whyalla (on the Eyre Peninsula’s north-east coast) to breed and... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Knappstein Enterprise Brewery 67 km

History has turned full circle for the Clare Valley’s Enterprise Brewery, which ceased beer-making operations in 1916, but was revived for its original purpose in 2006. In between time, this gorgeous sandstone... Find out more

Campsites around town

Redhill Recreation Ground 28 km

This overnight highway stop on the outskirts of the small farming town of Redhill is 50 km south of Port Pirie. It’s just off the Princes Hwy along an access road to the west of the train line.... Find out more

White Cliffs Reserve 42 km

Come to White Cliffs for pleasant camping beside the Broughton River with its reed-fringed waterholes and stately river gums. You’ll find it on Yacka Rd, 6 km east of Koolunga. Bring firewood and water, and... Find out more

Bunyip Park camping area 43 km

Off the beaten track, Koolunga is a quiet farming town north of Clare. It’s a handy overnight stop for north-bound travellers and, as the site’s name suggests, the town is also renowned for sightings of the... Find out more

Port Arthur Roadside Rest Area 62 km

A shady, no-frills stop for weary travellers at the head of Gulf St Vincent, the rest area is close to mangrove flats where you might see wading birds at low tide. It’s just off the Port Wakefield–Yorketown... Find out more

Curnow’s Hut camping area 62 km

This restored 3-bedroom stone hut is in the south of the forest, 15 km south of Jamestown off Bundaleer Gardens Rd. You need to book, as the camping area is padlocked. Bring water and preferably a gas/fuel stove. Camping... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 64 km

Remote areas of the park are available for experienced, self-sufficient bushwalkers to use as walk-in campsites. Bring water and a gas/fuel stove. A permit is required.... Find out more

Telowie Gorge camping area 65 km

Basic facilities are provided at this camping area, 27 km north of Port Pirie from the Princes Hwy. Come equipped with wood, water and a permit.... Find out more

Ippinitchie Campground 65 km

Shady, creek-side camping is offered close to the appealing mid-north town of Wirrabara and the Heysen Trail, with its local forest, bush gardens and views from The Bluff.  The campsite is just off Forest Rd, 8 km... Find out more

Munyaroo camping area (bush camping) 66 km

The road to the camping area is signposted from the Lincoln Hwy, 44 km south of Whyalla. Bush camping here is for self-sufficient campers only, so bring everything with you.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Port Broughton Caravan Park 1 km

A large park on the waterfront at the small town of Port Broughton, this is ideal for a quiet break or for fishing and crabbing. Bookings are required in peak periods, and a minimum-length stay period applies at Easter... Find out more

Crystal Brook Caravan Park 38 km

This is a small, neat council-owned park just on the edge of town. It is a very pretty park with large red gums, a creek alongside, and lawn sites. We find it good value.... Find out more

Port Pirie Beach Caravan Park 47 km

This beachfront caravan park is just 1.5 km from the town centre and offers a range of facilities to suit most travellers. Nicely angled drive-through sites, clean amenities and friendly staff make this our pick of the... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Whyalla Foreshore 70 km

This large park close to town has most amenities for tourists. Bookings are required at Easter.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Snowtown North rest area 30 km

62km S of Warnertown (L)

Under trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Lake Lochiel rest area 41 km

82km S of Warnertown (L) or 33km N of Port Wakefield (R)

Just off the highway and overlooking the lake.

Warnertown rest area 44 km

At Warnertown

Just off the highway. On the south side of town. For northbound only.

Georgetown park area 50 km

At Georgetown

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Gladstone park area 53 km

At Gladstone

Adjacent to the highway and next to a caravan park.

Laura park area 58 km

At Laura

Under shady trees opposite a caravan park.

Port Germein South rest area 62 km

72km S of Port Augusta (L)

Secluded behind trees. For southbound only.

Spalding park area 63 km

At Spalding

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Ippinitchie camping area 65 km

T/O at Wirrabara

In the forest 8km (partly unsealed) west of Wirrabara in Wirrabara Forest Reserve.

Point Lowly camping area 69 km

T/O 36km S of Eyre Hwy (L) or 11km N of Whyalla (R)

Near the foreshore 23km east of the highway via Port Bonython Rd.

What's on around town

Winter Fun Fishing Competition: June.

Rubber Duck Race: Oct.

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