Port Giles, South Australia

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Port Giles
South Australia
Port Giles silos.jpg
Grain silos at Port Giles
Port Giles is located in South Australia
Port Giles
Port Giles
Coordinates 35°02′0″S 137°46′0″E / 35.03333°S 137.76667°E / -35.03333; 137.76667Coordinates: 35°02′0″S 137°46′0″E / 35.03333°S 137.76667°E / -35.03333; 137.76667
Established 1970
Location 3 km (2 mi) south of Wool Bay

Port Giles is a port on Yorke Peninsula in the Australian state of South Australia located in the gazetted locality of Coobowie between Stansbury and Edithburgh.[1]

Port Giles is not a town, but a port facility consisting of a large jetty equipped for bulk handling of grain which is operated by Flinders Ports,[2] and a similarly large grain storage facility operated by ABB Grain. It was opened by the then Premier of South Australia, Steele Hall in 1970, and led to the closure of many of the smaller ports on the peninsula. Port Giles can handle Panamax size ships or larger.[3]

Port Giles was deliberately built to be able to handle bulk grain, and load it onto larger modern ships. Many of the other ports were not deep enough for larger ships, and could only be serviced by small ketches and coastal steamships. They only handled grain in bags, not in bulk.

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