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South Australia
Main street of Beachport
Beachport is located in South Australia
Coordinates 37°30′S 140°01′E / 37.500°S 140.017°E / -37.500; 140.017Coordinates: 37°30′S 140°01′E / 37.500°S 140.017°E / -37.500; 140.017
Population 878 (2011 Census)[1]
Established 1878
LGA(s) Wattle Range Council
State electorate(s) Mackillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Localities around Beachport:
Robe, Nora Creina Bray Magarey
Beachport Hatherleigh
Rivoli Bay Southend, Rendelsham

Beachport is a small coastal town 379 kilometres south-east of Adelaide, South Australia, located in the Wattle Range Council. Known for its 772 metres (2,533 ft) long jetty (the second longest in SA), Beachport is located on the northern end of Rivoli Bay. It has a large crayfish fishing fleet. The locality of Thornlea is wholly contained within Beachport.


The town was named on 23 May 1878 for the then British Secretary of State for the Colonies, Michael Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn.[2]

Beachport is also possibly the location of the first casualties of World War 2 on Australian soil. On 12 July 1941, a local fisherman discovered and towed to Beachport a German sea mine either laid by the raider 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.[3] A monument now stands in the town to honour them.


It was officially proclaimed a port on 21 November 1878. In the same year a lighthouse was erected close by on Penguin Islandand a railway to Mount Gambier was completed. The railway closed in 1956.[4]


Popular recreational fishing spots include the Salmon Hole, jetty and 10 Mile Beach. Other attractions include the Salt Lake, Lake George and the rugged coastal views of the Scenic Drive. The nearby Beachport Conservation Park which includes 710 hectares (1,800 acres) of beaches, rocky headlands and boobialla scrub overlaps with the much larger Lake Hawdon System Important Bird Area.[5][6]


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