Port Victoria

Australian sea lion, Jeff & Sandra Foott / Auscape International

Population 344

A tiny township on the west coast of Yorke Peninsula, Port Victoria was tipped to be a thriving port town after James Hughes travelled up the coast in 1840. Hughes, a land surveyor, studied the coastline from his schooner, Victoria, and reported favourably on the region. It became an important port for grain exports, with windjammers transporting wheat from here to Europe. The town still proudly proclaims that it is the 'last of the windjammer ports'.

Visitor Information

Port Victoria Kiosk, Esplanade; or The Farm Shed Museum and Tourist Centre, 50 Moonta Rd, Kadina; (08) 8821 2333 or 1800 654 991


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In Town

Maritime Museum: displays, relics and artefacts of the great era of the windjammer; open 2–4pm weekends and public holidays; Main St.

Jetty: original 1888 jetty with good swimming and fishing; end of Main St.

Geology trail: 4 km interpretive track along the foreshore explains the coast's ancient volcanic history; brochure from visitor centre.


Goose Island Conservation Park: important breeding area for several bird species and the Australian sea lion; 13 km offshore; access by private boat.

Wardang Island: this large island is an Aboriginal reserve, and permission for access is required from Goreta (Point Pearce) Aboriginal Community Council; (08) 8836 7205; near Goose Island.

Wardang Island Maritime Heritage Trail: this scuba-diving and overland trail includes 8 shipwreck sites with underwater plaques around Wardang Island and 6 interpretive signs at Port Victoria; waterproof self-guide leaflet available from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Ardrossan 41 km

Located on the east side of the Yorke Peninsula, Ardrossan is bountiful water just 150 km west of Adelaide, so is a popular weekend fishing destination. Looking out on the long pier at Ardrossan, it’s striking how... Find out more

Wallaroo 65 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

Campsites around town

Wauraltee Beach camping area 10 km

Go camping beside the wild sprawl of beach south of Port Victoria, a low-key fishing and swimming destination with large areas of coastal reserve to wander. The camping area is on the peninsula’s western flanks, 17... Find out more

Maitland Overnight Camping Bay 22 km

This small overnight caravan stop in the centrally located town of Maitland is just opposite the hospital at the northern end of Robert St.... Find out more

Tiparra Rocks camping area 23 km

This is the first of 3 coastal-reserve camping areas, 4 km north of the seaside settlement of Balgowan. A crust of vivid red cliffs marks the edge of the peninsula south of this site. You’ll find lots of solitude... Find out more

Barkers Rocks camping area 24 km

Basic beachside camping is available on the narrow strip of coastal reserve between Port Rickaby and Bluff Beach. Being west-facing, it’s great for sunsets and beachcombing but there’s not much shelter in... Find out more

The Bamboos camping area 27 km

There’s a varied coastline to discover here - rocky headlands, seagrass shallows, and white sand beaches. The camping is behind the dunes, 12 km north of Balgowan.... Find out more

The Gap camping area 29 km

Several beachfront sites huddle among the dunes here, on the remote north-west coast. The water is easy to access – including for boat launching – and the long, dazzling stretch of beach to the north is... Find out more

Port Julia Oval camping area 40 km

Basic community-supported camping is possible in the small coastal town of Port Julia, on the north-east coast. It’s a popular fishing and seasonal crabbing spot, 17 km north of Port Vincent off the coast road.... Find out more

Black Point camping area 41 km

Black Point’s sweep of north-facing beach is hugely popular at peak holiday periods. This small open area is right next to the boat ramp and main road at the western end of the housing strip; powered sites are... Find out more

Burners Beach camping area 49 km

These beachfront sites are on the sheltered side of the peninsula’s ‘foot’. The north-facing shores catch the sun all year round and are home to some of the region’s most popular holiday... Find out more

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