|The beach at
Port Vincent (including Port Julia)
Pleasant holiday resort on the Yorke
Located 194 km west of Adelaide via the Princes
Highway and 217 km south of Port Pirie, Port
Vincent is more upmarket than most of the
holiday resorts on the coasts of the Yorke
Peninsula. There's a decent beach - the houses
along the foreshore are far more salubrious than
most. It doesn't suffer from the very temporary
feel of places like Port Clinton and Price. It
has an uncharacteristic and charming sense of
stability. The area behind the beach is
characterised by a number of very attractive
Prior to European settlement the area around
Port Broughton was inhabited by the Narangga
Aborigines whose lands spread across the entire
Yorke Peninsula and included the Hummocks Range
and the area lying up the coast to the head of
Gulf St Vincent. They lived a simple and
remarkably harmonious life sustained by the
produce of the area and unaffected by
competition for their lands.
The first European into the area was Matthew
Flinders who reached the shores of the Yorke
Peninsula in 1802 as he made his way slowly
around the coast of South Australia.
The town was first known as Surveyors Point
and established its importance as a port from
the middle of the 19th century when clippers and
other sailing ships came up Gulf St Vincent to
load wheat for shipment around the world.
Things to see:
Well worth a visit it is only 12 km north of
Port Vincent and has no facilities. This is
really the essence of 'getting away from it all'
on the Yorke Peninsula. There is good fishing.
The beach is delightful and the cliffs are