Pines in the main street of Port
Historic wheat port now a popular holiday
destination on the Yorke Peninsula.
Located 190 km west of Adelaide via the Princes
Highway and 172 km south of Port Pirie, Port
Victoria is a tiny settlement, attractively
located on the sea. The main street has rows of
Norfolk pines running all the way down to the
sea. There's a plough at the top of the main
street and the town calls itself 'the last of
the windjammer ports'.
Port Victoria was first surveyed in 1839. It
was named after the schooner Victoria which took
the surveyor James H. Hughes along the coast. In
1840 he reported that he had discovered fresh
water 'only seven feet below the surface
one-and-a-half miles from the head of the inner
bay' and predicted that Port Victoria would
become a large and successful town.
In fact the town became one of the key
'windjammer ports' in the 19th century. The
jetty was constructed and the wheat from the
hinterland was brought to the town where it was
loaded on the windjammers which ran from Gulf St
Vincent across to South America then up the
Atlantic to Europe.
The last windjammer sailed out of Port
Victoria in 1949 and since then the town has
become a sleepy, pleasant holiday resort far
removed from the hurly burly of the coastline's
more popular seaside destinations.
The town still has the feel of an old sailors
port. The museum is in the old shed at the end
of the jetty and the Port Victoria pub still has
a suggestion of being a wild place in years gone
Things to see:
The National Trust Maritime Museum at Port
Victoria is located adjacent to the old jetty.
The museum is a celebration of the great
windjammers which, loaded down with wheat, used
to race from Australia to England. It is open
Sundays and Public Holidays from 2.00 p.m. -
4.00 p.m. For additional details contact (08)
|The jetty at
The Port Victoria jetty dates from 1888. It is
one of the few original jetties in Australia and
is a reminder of the kind of jetty used by the
windjammers around the turn of the century.
Located 10 km off the coast from Port Victoria,
Wardang Island is one of South Australia's
premier dive locations. There are at least eight
wrecks off the coast and a Heritage Trail diving
trail, complete with a waterproof booklet and
plaques along the trail, has been established.
The island is an Aboriginal reserve and
permission is needed from the Point Pearce