Main street of Beachport
|Population||878 (2011 Census)|
|Location||379 km (235 mi) SE of Adelaide|
|LGA(s)||Wattle Range Council|
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.
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. 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.
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.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Beachport (Gazetted Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
- The Manning Index of Place Names of South Australia
- Australia's War 1939-1945
- Wattle Range Council
- South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage.
- "Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Hawdon System". BirdLife International. 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
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