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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
Location 379 km (235 mi) SE of Adelaide
LGA(s) Wattle Range Council
State electorate(s) Mackillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Localities around Beachport:
Robe Naracoorte

Beachport is a small coastal town 379 kilometres south-east of Adelaide, South Australia, located in the Wattle Range Council. Known for its 772 metre 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] I

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 Island and a railway to Mount Gambier was completed. The railway closed in 1956.[4]


Between Robe in the north and Beachport in the south stretches a series of coastal lakes which have been recognised as the Lake Hawdon System Important Bird Area because of their global importance for waterbirds.[5]

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 Beachport Conservation Park includes 710 ha of beaches, rocky headlands and boobialla scrub.[6]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Beachport (Gazetted Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  2. ^ The Manning Index of Place Names of South Australia
  3. ^ Australia's War 1939-1945
  4. ^ Wattle Range Council
  5. ^ "IBA: Lake Hawdon System". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  6. ^ South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage.

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