Beachport is one of South Australia’s best kept secrets, and when you visit us, you’ll discover why. A small coastal town located 379 kilometres south-east of Adelaide, Beachport has a large crayfishing fleet, and is known for its 772 metre jetty, the second-longest in South Australia after the one at Port Germein. You may even spot a whale off the jetty at the right time of year!
Beachport is popular with 4WD enthusiasts, trail-bike riders, hikers, photographers and fishing enthusiasts alike. This is due to the town’s beautiful surf and fishing spots, nature trails and quaint seaside village atmosphere. Beachport has a number of sites listed on the South Australian Heritage Register, including the Beachport Customs House, the Beachport Wool and Grain Store and the Beachport Jetty.
A little-known fact is that Beachport is the location of what are believed to be the first casualties of World War II on Australian soil. On 12 July 1941, a local fisherman discovered and towed to Beachport a German sea mine, laid by either the raider ship Pinguin or the minelayer Passat. The following day, two able seamen, Thomas Todd and William Danswan, part of a three-man Rendering Mines Safe (REMS) team, were killed when a wave lifted the mine and caused it to explode on the beach while they were attempting to defuse it. A monument now stands in the town to honour them.
Below are some of the area’s main attractions, providing you and your travel companions with plenty to do during your stay at the Beachport Motor Inn!
Pool of Siloam
Beachport’s Pool of Siloam is a salt lake, reputedly seven times saltier than the sea and alleged to possess therapeutic qualities. Those who suffer from arthritis, eczema and psoriasis report dramatic improvements to their conditions in just a few visits. Although close to the sea, the pool’s depth does not fluctuate with the tides as its depth relies on soaks in the area. The high salt content in the lake makes swimming very easy, as the water is extremely buoyant. A must for those wanting to gain relief from long term health and skin issues, or people who just want to relax!
Recently, it has been found that Beachport’s Pool of Siloam is actually a blow hole, although it cannot actually blow due to its high salt content.
Location: McCourt Road, Beachport SA.
Beachport Old Wool and Grain Store Museum
Open daily from 10am – 4pm, the Beachport Old Wool and Grain Store Museum was built in 1879 as a shipping house and warehouse. Now, the museum houses a number of detailed displays on the local fishing industry, whaling, agricultural history and interactions between the Buandik indigenous people and Beachport’s European settlers. Displays also include heavy agricultural machinery, wood working hand tools, rabbit traps and a smithy shop, set up showing working conditions as though the smithy has just left the building. Several upstairs rooms have also been set up as they were in the early 1900s when they were used for accommodation. Step back in time and enjoy a visit!
Entry Fees: Adults $5, Concessions $4, Children $2, Family $10, Bus Tour Groups $4pp
Location: Railway Terrace, Beachport SA.
Beachport Conservation Park
Discover the outstanding coastal scenery of Beachport Conservation Park. This 710-hectare park protects beautiful white sandy beaches, weathered limestone cliffs, sand dunes and saltwater lagoons. The park was first set aside to conserve habitat for bird life. Today, birdwatchers delight in spotting some of the 200 species recorded here. To see water birds such as swans and black ducks, head to the lakes. Camping, beachcombing, fishing and bushwalking are popular activities in the area, and shallow water provides a safe swimming area and sailing/wind surfing landing site. Sheltered picnic spots are also available nearby. Four-wheel drive vehicles can access the full-length of the park, whereas conventional vehicles can get as far as Woolley Rocks. Camping is available in the Three Mile Bend area, with permits available from a nearby self-registration station on Lake George Road.
Location: Lake George Road, Beachport SA.
The city of Beachport is widely known for the Beachport Jetty. Considered as one of the most beautiful jetties in South Australia, the Beachport Jetty extends over the waters of Rivoli Bay. The Beachport Jetty is the second longest in the state measuring 772 metres and is a well known place for catching a prized fish such as Salmon, Flathead, Mullet, Mulloway and Whiting. Beachport also boasts a number of water bodies within its vicinity. Hence, the area is also popular for squid fishing.
Sandy beaches stretch around the bay from the jetty, offering surf, safe swimming and relaxing sunset strolls. Beachport Jetty is a must for the keen photographer with its breathtaking views and surrounding scenery.
Bowman’s Scenic Drive / Durant’s Lookout
Bowman’s Scenic Drive follows the spectacular rugged coast of the Southern Ocean. It was constructed by the District Council of Beachport (now combined into Wattle Range Council) and named after Councillor Albert Bowman who served as a councillor for 20 years. Along the drive there are lookouts where you can stop and park your car and enjoy the breathtaking views of the coast, including Backler’s Lookout, which features a stunning view of the Beachport Jetty and surrounding dunes.
Part of Bowman’s Scenic Drive, Durant’s Lookout provides spectacular views of the township of Beachport, Rivoli Bay, Beachport Conservation Park and the Southern Ocean. The Rivoli Bay and Beachport Lions Club members built a raised platform on the site which overlooks the Scenic Drive and the town. Durant’s Lookout was named for the late Mr Doug Durant, a long time resident of Beachport.
Location: The starting point of Bowman’s Scenic Drive is at the roundabout at the junction of Railway Terrace and Beach Road, Beachport SA.
Lanky Kana was a member of the local Boandik tribe, and was employed by the local police as a tracker, with part of his duties including the care of the police horses. Lanky’s Walk begins on Railway Terrace near the entrance to the Beachport Conservation Park. There, you can follow a well-defined path through natural bushland with native plants named for easy identification. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes, and at the end of the walk is Lanky’s Well, which was dug to provide water for the police horses. Lanky Kana also camped by the well, hence the name. Maps are available from the Beachport Visitor Information Centre.
Location: Railway Terrace, Beachport SA