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Tourist Information

An easy 90 minute drive from Adelaide on the East coast of Yorke Peninsula, Ardrossan is situated on top of imposing red cliffs providing excellent views of Gulf St Vincent. Wander down the jetty at sunrise to see the amazing display of colour the cliffs turning the morning light.

 

Fishing

If ‘blue swimmer crabs' are your favourite, then this is the place to be; drop a net from the jetty or rake in the shallows and you won't be disappointed.Fishing from the jetty or boat will often return you a catch of Tommy ruffs, mullet, garfish, squid or the prized King George Whiting.

 

Holiday Destination

A sought after holiday destination, Ardrossan offers families and holiday makers a wonderful place to enjoy this spectacular coastline and all of the activities it has to offer.
A main agricultural centre for surrounding districts, Ardrossan is a well serviced town offering good shopping and facilities.Ardrossan has a temperate climate with regular sea breezes. The maximum temperature is usually a few degrees cooler than Adelaide.

 

History

The town was proclaimed in 1873 and named by Governor Fergusson after Ardrossan in Ayrshire, Scotland. The jetty was built in 1876 and proclaimed a port in 1878. Early European settlers new the area as 'Clay Gully' or 'Parara'. A busy grain port, produce was carried along the jetty by horse-drawn trolleys to the ships and hand loaded by skilful deckhands to ensure the load was secure in rough seas. Steamers also provided a passenger service to Port Adelaide on Tuesdays and Fridays, which took four hours to make the crossing in good weather. South Australia's first silo was erected at the site in 1952 and today the silos can handle in excess of 250,000 tonnes of grain.

 

Ardrossan Today

Today, it is a rich wheat and barley growing district with bulk grain handling facilities and a deep sea port allowing easy exportation of produce. OneSteel also has a dolomite operation just south of the town and Cheetham Salt, harvests salt just north of the town.
Tourism is important to our town. We hope to provide you with information that will enhance your visit to our town and hope you will wish to keep coming back. Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information Centreis situated at Harvest Corner, Minlaton. Web site address is  http//:www.visityorkepeninsula.com.au

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