Clayton Bay

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Clayton Bay
South Australia
Clayton Bay is located in South Australia
Clayton Bay
Clayton Bay
Coordinates35°29′44″S 138°54′40″E / 35.495488°S 138.911048°E / -35.495488; 138.911048Coordinates: 35°29′44″S 138°54′40″E / 35.495488°S 138.911048°E / -35.495488; 138.911048[1]
Population240 (2011 census)[2]
Established1858 (town)
31 August 2000 (locality)[1]
Elevation70 m (230 ft)[1]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST)ACDT (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s)Alexandrina Council
RegionFleurieu and Kangaroo Island[3]
State electorate(s)Hammond[4]
Federal Division(s)Mayo[5]
Localities around Clayton Bay:
Finniss Milang Lake Alexandrina
Currency Creek Clayton Bay Lake Alexandrina
Hindmarsh Island Hindmarsh Island Point Sturt
FootnotesAdjoining localities[1]

Clayton Bay (formerly Clayton) is a town and locality in the Australian state iof South Australia located on the River Murray opposite the north-east tip of Hindmarsh Island about 87 kilometres (54 mi) by road from the state capital of Adelaide and 12 kilometres (7 mi) upriver from the municipal seat of Goolwa.


At the 2011 census, Clayton Bay had a population of 240.[2] Clayton Bay was renamed from Clayton in 2008 as it was getting confused with Clayton, Victoria.[1] The sheltered waters of Clayton Bay and nearby islands make an ideal location for all types of water sports.[citation needed] The safe waters and foreshore facilities at Clayton Bay also attract families for a myriad of water based activities. The area is known for sailing and environment.


European discovery and use[edit]

In 1829 Governor Darling commissioned Captain Charles Sturt to follow the Murrumbidgee, which had been discovered by Hume and Hovell. On 3 November 1829 Sturt left Sydney to assume command of the expedition that eventually turned itself into the famous Murray River Voyage. On 26 December 1829 his team assembled a 25-foot whaleboat and built a log skiff for carrying stores and only two oars. This work was supervised by a carpenter, named Mr Clayton. The boat party departed from the Lachlan River on 7 January 1830. The crew, besides Sturt and Macleay were Harris, Hopkinson, and Frasier (soldiers), and Mulholland, Macnamee, and Clayton (convicts). Around the 9th of February 1830, Captain Charles Sturt sighted seagulls. Aboriginals told them that the ocean was nearby and so they sailed into a lake which Sturt named Alexandrina. A few days later, they found the point where the Murray flowed into the sea.

The town of Clayton was named by Governor MacDonnell in 1858 and is located on the Lower Murray River. Blocks were first offered for sale in 1859. These were only in the area known as "Old Clayton".

In 1969 the Clayton subdivision was established and other developments north of Alexandrina Drive, were developed between 1985 and 2009, which together, now create the township of today. In 2008, the name of Clayton was officially changed to Clayton Bay by a vast majority of the community and their application to the Alexandrina Council and the South Australian Government. This was coordinated by Mike Galea, the long-standing President of the Clayton Bay Progress Association.

Over the last 20 years, the face of Clayton Bay has changed considerably and today Clayton Bay is considered a quiet holiday hamlet that cherishes its seclusion and welcomes visitors who appreciate its tranquillity or enjoy the breezy summers that attract sailors, fishermen and holidaymakers each year.


The Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Wetland have gained prominence with its well-deserved classification as a migratory bird habitat of world stature. The Clayton Bay community has adopted a custodial role for the wetlands, with the preservation and development of remnant vegetation and the development of an educational walking trail with a boardwalk.

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Search result for "Clayton Bay, LOCB" with the following datasets selected - "Suburbs and Localities", "Counties", "Government Towns", "Local Government Areas", "SA Government Regions" and "Gazetteer"". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian government. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Clayton Bay (Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 November 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ "Fleurieu Kangaroo Island SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Hammond (Electoral district profile)". ELECTORAL COMMISSION SA. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Mayo (SA)". Australian Electoral Commission. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2019.