Port Vincent, South Australia
Looking towards the beach at Port Vincent
|Population||472 (2006 census)|
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|Location||194 km (121 mi) from Adelaide|
|LGA(s)||Yorke Peninsula Council|
In its early days it was a port exporting wheat, barley, wool and mallee stumps (firewood). From the first settlement in 1852 until 1877, coastal trading ketches would beach at high tide, and unload directly to farm wagons at low tide. A jetty was built into the bay in 1877, construction of a wharf began in 1901, and the original jetty was removed in 1918. Port Vincent was the main entry point for people and goods to and from the Yorke Peninsula until a good road was built from Port Wakefield in around 1949. Three major fuel companies had storage and distribution depots in the town, supplied by boat or barge from Port Adelaide.
The town today
A seaside holiday destination for many years, recently it has been the site of a marina development. Port Vincent was named "Australia's Tidiest Town" in 2004, having won the South Australian award in 2000 and 2003. It has very active volunteer organisations including the CFS, Coast Guard, Tidy Towns etc.
In 2003/04 a large marina was constructed in Port Vincent. The marina took up an area of beach which angered some locals. Port Vincent can also cater for schools on camp. The town has grown in size over the last few years with the release of land for housing. There is a proposed 'next stage', which will include over 100 domestic building blocks & a possible retirement village, however this is only a proposal at this stage.[when?] 2011 saw Port Vincent win the States 'Cleanest Beach' Award & went onto the National Judging.
Port Vincent is a beautiful place with lots of things to do. There are lots of places to eat and shop. VAC swim operates there in the summer holidays.
Notes and references
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Port Vincent (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- "Port Vincent". This is Australia. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
- "Australian Tidy Towns Honour Roll". Keep Australia Beautiful. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
- "Australian Clean Beaches Honour Roll". Keep Australia Beautiful. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
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