Port Victoria Information
Port Victoria is a sleepy little seaside town situated about 190 kilometres west of Adelaide on the Yorke Peninsula. With a population of fewer than 400 this once bustling seafaring town is now a quiet resort full of the history of the sea and the trade that began in the late 19th century and continued until 1949.
The port was the last operational port for the huge square sailed Windjammers that transported grain from Australia to England and Ireland and is locally known as the last of the windjammer ports.
Historically, the significance of this tiny hamlet is preserved, the town itself, changing very little from the time when horse and carts would turn up, laden with wheat from the farms and shoremen would load the vital supplies onto Ketches from the jetty to be transferred to the windjammers anchored offshore.
Unlike the commercialism of some of its neighbouring resorts along the peninsula, Port Victoria still has the feel of an old seafaring port. The main pub, ‘The Port Victoria’ still echoes of times gone by when old salts would relax with a few ales before embarking on a journey that took them half way round the world.
Although small, there is still plenty to do and see with Craft Fairs, Walking Trails, Memorials and Museums all within 30 minutes of the town. The National Maritime Museum, situated in an old shed on the jetty is filled with artefacts of those bygone years and of the many shipwrecks that litter the waterways around the peninsula.
For those with a more ocean going nature, the port is the setting point for dives around the area and in particular, Wardang Island, located 10 kilometres offshore. The island boasts some of the best dive sites in the country and is recognised as one of Australia’s premier dive site locations, with several shipwrecked vessels to explore and plaques placed strategically along the heritage trail.
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