Port Kenny, South Australia
Location of Port Kenny in South Australia
|Elevation||17 m (56 ft)|
|Location||655 km (407 mi) West of Adelaide|
|LGA(s)||District Council of Elliston|
Port Kenny is a small town located on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. It serves as a central point for the surrounding agricultural district, as well as professional fishermen and tourists. It currently has a very small population.
The township of Port Kenny was surveyed in 1912, with Governor Bosanquet naming the town after a local landholder, MSW. Kenny. The town grew slightly with the help of the pub, before the hotel began operation in 1939. But the town was pivotal in handling the grain and wool which was produced in the hinterland, with grain still being shipped from Port Kenny until the 2000s.
Port Kenny lies on Venus Bay, a highly protected body of water characterised by tidal flats, mangrove swamps, small islands and shallow beaches. Nearby town Venus Bay lies close to the entrance of the bay, while Port Kenny lies on the northernmost side of the bay. The land around the town is relatively flat, and used primarily for agriculture.
The town features a base to which other destinations can be visited. The town jetty and surrounding waters are also known for their fishing potential, with whiting, flathead, trevally and garfish commonly caught.