Beachport Conservation Park's white sandy beaches and coastal flora is home to an array of birdlife, making it an ideal spot for birdwatching. It is home to the rare orange-bellied parrot, not that I was lucky enough to see one, I wasn't. I did manage to see the Bird in my photo, although I don't know what its name is.
The Park has more limestone cliffs and some middens which are the discarded remains of shellfish left by the local Aboriginal people. There is a walking trail around Woolley Lake which gives you some nice views.
This is a must do if you have a car!
The scenic drive follows the spectacular rugged coast of the Southern ocean. We wound our way up, down and around sandhills, seeing gorgeous views along the way. Ever so often, we made stops at lookout points where we had to walk for an extra good view. The tourist route has several excellent vantage points to view passing Southern Right Whales.
Conventional vehicles can get to the coast as far as Woolley Rocks along the Bowman Scenic Drive.
The Pool of Siloam is also on the Bowman scenic drive.
This is a salt lake almost seven times saltier than the sea. It's believed to relieve sufferers of arthritis and rhuematism of pain. As the water has such a high salt concentration, when swimming in the water, you become very buoyant. It is a safe and sheltered swimming area with picnic area, change rooms and summer shower.
Still on the Bowman scenic drive, our next stop is another 2kms at Post Office Rock.
Post Office Rock, is another wonderful windswept headland that separates Salmon Hole from the Post Office beach.
Of the four beaches, Post Office Rock is the calmest and safest, with the other three having higher waves, rocks, reefs and rips.
The rocks, rips and reef offer excellent fishing spots.
A very accessible and popular stretch of coast during the holiday periods.
The Salmon Hole forms a fairly calm wide lagoon or hole between the reef and beach. Its a nice curved beach between Snapper Point and Post Office rock. There are four beaches, nearly all have numerous rocks and reefs. The Salmon Hole is the safest close inshore, but stay clear of the reef as water drains out across and around the reef.
It is too calm for surfing here.
There is access to the beach from small car parks at either end. It is worth stopping at and having a looker, in warmer weather, maybe a swim.
Our next stop along the Bowman scenic drive is at Snapper Point.
Snapper Point is a flat 10 m high shelf probably composed of limestone. This, combined with other rocks and reefs forms two small beaches to the east, both backed by Dunes.
As the names snapper and salmon imply, this is a popular stretch of coast to fish from the beach or rock platforms.
We parked at the carpark and then walked. It was well worth it for the colour in the rocks and the marvellous shapes the waves and wind have formed. Just fascinating!
Centennial Park is located right on the beach front. It was here, we chose to sit and eat our lunch, we weren't the only ones either!
It was quite popular with Caravanner's because of the good parking area by the Park.
The park is spread over six acres, and surrounds a large lagoon with a bridge, barbecue areas, seating, playground with slide, swings and a climbing frame for the children, and plenty of lawn areas. There was a sign with some Parrot's on it. These are hard to see these days, we didn't see any, but maybe you will when walking around the lagoon.
If you go swimming, I saw a wall Mural which had shower heads to wash away the salt water.
Well set out, I imagine very popular in holiday times.
I hope your feeling energetic! I wasn't!
This Jetty is supposed to be the second longest in South Australia. The Beachport Jetty seemed to go forever, nearly as far as the eye could see, out into the waters of Rivoli Bay. Anglers like the Jetty to try and catch the Salmon, Mullet, Mulloway and Whiting found in these waters.
By the Jetty are sandy beaches which stretch around the bay offering surf and safe swimming.
What a lovely idea to build a fantastic playground, and name it in honour of a lady who loved children. Susan Wilson, operated a kiosk nearby, selling pies, pasties, hot water and sweets. I guess most of us can remember going to buy some sweets with a meagre amount of money.
Well, this dear old lady always gave them a few extra sweets, how nice was that, and now she is remembered by the Memorial Playground named after her. What a beauty it is too! Wonderful play equipment, bbq's, seats to watch your children play and a wonderful seaside mural. All fenced for safety!
If only she could see it!
I loved the old Cinema building, I bet there aren't many of these left in todays modern world!
The Beachport Institute Motion Picture Project was formed in 1952, this was when the first screening was held. Now after many years this building has once more become a cinema.
Movies are screened on the 4th Friday of every month at 7.30pm
Next door is the Old St Nicholas Church. ...... You can just see it in my photo.
This very tiny wooden church was brought in from Southend, [another nearby seaside village] when it was decided that Beachport was to be the main seaport for the area. The first service held in the church was in 1881 and was conducted by the Missionary Chaplain. The building was sold to the Beachport Institute in 1940. It served as a dressing room/supper room for many years, until it was restored in 1975 by the Beachport National Trust.
Bompas of Beachport was built in 1878, soon after Beachport was proclaimed a township. To me, it looked like a Hotel, which it was until 1887, when taken over by the SA Brewing Company. I thought this funny.....A Bank in town was needed, so a temporary office was set up in the nearly completed Hotel, how safe was that?
With its years over as a Hotel, it became known as “The Coffee Palace”, and operated as a boarding house for many years. It is a beautiful building with lacework on its verandahs, and has a great view of Beachport foreshore. It is now a boutique hotel that serves as a cafe, restaurant and bar with accommodation and function facilities.
As we were about to enter Beachport, I happened to notice a Sculpture. Well, I managed a photo of one, and not of the others. The 3 sculptures celebrate what is special about Beachport.
One represents the natural enviroment, another the fishing industry, and lastly, the people who live at Beachport. They were unveiled in 2000.
A nice double story building built out of freestone in 1879, and used as shipping house and warehouse, is where the Museum is located.
A railway line, connecting to the jetty, used to pass through the 4 m (12 ft) wide archway, through the front section, and into the warehouse behind, allowing trains to load and unload within. The building was owned by Goldsborough Mort Ltd until 1944.
It now houses a Museum which tells the story of the districts past, including an insight into Beachport's whaling and fishing history.
OPEN... 10am - 4pm DAILY
Family (2 adults and 2 children under 12) $10.00
Backler's Lookout was the first viewpoint we came across when driving along Bowman scenic drive.
This viewpoint gave good views over the township of Beachport, and of some nearby coastal scenery.