Port Hughes, South Australia

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Port Hughes
South Australia
Port Hughes shops
Port Hughes is located in South Australia
Port Hughes
Port Hughes
Coordinates 34°04′34″S 137°32′46″E / 34.07611°S 137.54611°E / -34.07611; 137.54611Coordinates: 34°04′34″S 137°32′46″E / 34.07611°S 137.54611°E / -34.07611; 137.54611
Population 222 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 5558
LGA(s) District Council of the Copper Coast
State electorate(s) Goyder
Federal Division(s) Grey

Port Hughes is a small coastal town in the Copper Coast region of South Australia on Northern Yorke Peninsula. It is considered a satellite town of Moonta which is located directly to the east of Port Hughes. At the 2006 census, Port Hughes had a population of 222.[1]


Port Hughes is a popular tourist destination, with attractions including a Greg Norman designed links style golf course, the beach and the jetty. Boating is facilitated by the availability of a boat ramp. The beach is regarded as safe for swimming, which attracts families going on vacation. Fishing is a popular pastime. Fishing takes place on the jetty which is also a popular scuba diving site. Also, boats are available for charter to go fishing. Tourists are catered for with accommodation at the caravan park, which features onsite cabins and villas. There is also a general store and tavern.


The town was founded by Sir Watson Hughes in 1863. He later went on to be a founder of the University of Adelaide.

In recent years, Port Hughes has been the subject of significant interest from land developers, with several land subdivisions in the local area. The most significant recent developments are the Patrick's Cove and Patrick's View land subdivisions, which have resulted in new housing being constructed and an influx of new residents.

In June 2007, "The Dunes Port Hughes", a major new residential development was announced, including the construction of the first Greg Norman designed golf course in Australia, as well as a hotel and convention facility, as part of a major housing development. On 11 July 2012 Ferrier Hodgson partners David Kidman and Martin Lewis were appointed as receivers and managers to sell the remaining allotments and development properties.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Port Hughes (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 

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