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    PORT VICTORIA KIOSK & POST OFFICE

    by balhannah Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    The Kiosk

    As I mentioned in the previous tip, the old post office is closed, and now you will find a new one at the Kiosk. The Post Office is open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.

    The Kiosk is in a very convenient location, near the jetty and the Museum, and there is plenty of parking spaces.
    They sell Fish & chips & Takeaways, Coffee & Tea, Icecreams & cool drinks & Bakery, Bait & tackle, gifts, Alpaca products, and will help you with tourist information. A snack for us was the order of the day.
    EFTPOS & Phone recharge are available.

    It's open 7 days a week 7.30am - 7pm Summertime.
    Later on public& school holidays

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    THE OLD POST OFFICE

    by balhannah Written Jun 23, 2012

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    The old Post Office

    What a shame this historic building didn't have a fresh coat of paint to make it look really nice.
    Looking at the building, the original part is the large section on the left with two chimneys, which was completed on 28th July, 1881 . The new Post Office was completed in 1929 (the section on the right) and the old building became part of the residence with the front verandah being closed to form an alleyway to the new section.
    Now, it is no longer the Post Office, this has moved to the Port Victoria Kiosk.

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    PORT VICTORIA HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Jun 23, 2012

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    This historic Hotel is located at the end of Main street, and has a good view of St. Vincent's Gulf.
    The Hotel has 10 rooms in a Motel section, all with ensuite, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and a continental breakfast included. The Hotel is quite historic, having opened prior to 1877 as the Wauraltee Hotel. In 1981, it was renamed the Port Victoria Hotel.

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    WALKING TRAILS

    by balhannah Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    At Port Victoria foreshore, there are two walking trails, a north and a south.
    The southern one, starts at the Jetty, and you just follow it along the coastline, past sand-dunes and a flora park, up to the Boat Ramp.
    If you wish, continue along the rocky coast until reaching the swimming beach known as Rifle Butts. The trail finishes here, but you can continue onto Second Beach which is long white and sandy.

    For the North Trail, start at the northern tip of the caravan park and walk along the cliff top 2kms to the North Beach. Here you can continue your walk along a shallow sandy beach that is home to many seabirds including pelicans.

    I saw there was quite a bit of seaweed on the beach, I don't know if this is always here. Along the coast, there were some new shacks and retirement homes, it would be quite nice to retire here!

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    SHIP WRECKS NEAR PORT VICTORIA

    by balhannah Written Jun 23, 2012

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    Also in the Jetty area, is a Rotunda, do go and have a look here, as inside the Rotunda, I found the Maritime Heritage trail.
    On each of the six interpretive signs, was a photo of a shipwreck and all the information about that particular ship. It really was quite interesting reading about these disasters. Not only that, on one of the boards, was a map showing where all the shipwrecks are located.

    The trail is known as the "Wardang Island Maritime Heritage Trail."
    In the area of Wardang Island near Port Victoria, is the trail of 8 Shipwrecks. Those that you see on the dive are the Monarch, S.S. Australian, S.S. Investigator, MacIntyre and Moorara, which were small local schooners and coastal steamers. The Aagot, Notre Dame D'Arvor and Songvaar were three masted square-riggers which carried the grain overseas.
    The Wardang Island Maritime Heritage Trail includes a waterproof booklet for underwater use, plaques adjacent to each of the eight shipwrecks.

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    THE TOILET BLOCK

    by balhannah Written Jun 23, 2012

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    This would have to be one of the nicest looking Public Toilets I have seen!
    Painted on the entire length of the Toilet block wall by local Artist, Heather Cooper - Lock, is a mural depicting Port Victoria’s history.
    The Mural is 9 metres by 2metres, showing the town’s grain trading and sailing ship history.
    It is called "The story of our town,' and was commissioned to beautify the town, it sure does!

    It is located down near the Jetty.

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    CAPE HORNER'S STORY

    by balhannah Written Jun 23, 2012

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    What is a Cape Horner?
    Well, I soon found out that it's a term that denotes a captain of a sailing ship which has sailed around Cape Horn.

    The Museum tells the story of the days of shipping magnate Gustaf Erikson who owned the last great fleet of windjammers the world would ever see and how it was often a frightening ride for the young sailors as they set out on what was called "The Cape Horn Road".

    Many were in their 20s, they wanted to go for an adventure, and adventure they got, hanging on for dear life amany a time, and all for 10 shillings a month. Of course, many went without their parent's permission.
    And so you too can read about them on the interpretive boards in front of the Maritime museum, and more in the Museum when open.

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    MARITIME MUSEUM

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    Maritime Museum

    This Museum is located directly infront of the jetty.

    The shed it is housed in, was an original general cargo shed which was brought out from England in kit form in 1877. Rebuilding the shed took 7 months to complete, and in January 1878 was ready for use. Household goods brought by steamers from Port Adelaide were stored in the cargo shed until the settlers' homes were completed.
    Now, it is used as a Museum, telling stories of Farmers, grain agents, lumpers (the men who handled the bagged grain) and their families including photographs, exhibits and DVD presentations highlighting these busy times.

    The museum also is famous for its displays of shipwreck artifacts from around Wardang Island.
    There is also a First Encounters Display telling the story of the local Narungga aboriginal people and their culture, the charting of the Spencer Gulf by Matthew Flinders and Nicholas Baudin, as well as the setting up of the large sheep pastoral leases on the Yorke Peninsula in the 19th century.

    The Museum is extremely cheap to visit.

    OPEN..... Saturday/Sunday or Public Holiday, from 2-4pm
    Tuesday and Thursday from October to Easter

    ADMISSION IN 2012....Adults $2.00 .... Child .50cents .... Family $5.00

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    PORT VICTORIA JETTY

    by balhannah Written Jun 23, 2012

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    Port Victoria Jetty
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    All the towns along St. Vincent's Gulf on Yorke Peninsula have jetties, including small towns like Port Victoria with a population of approx 500 people.

    The jetty was built in 1888, and offers great fishing, swimming and diving facilities. It is now 114 years old, and is one of the oldest original jetties in Australia.

    It was very busy in the olden days, but for different reasons to leisure use.
    It was at this thriving port where Windjammers, Coastal Ketches and Schooners came to load grain to take to England and Ireland. The large Windjammers could anchor offshore. The last working sailing ships visited in 1949, this is why Port Victoria is known as the last of the windjammer ports.

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    A TOWN THAT HAS STOOD STILL

    by balhannah Written Jun 23, 2012

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    This is what I thought of Port Victoria. I was dropped off at one end of the main street, then I walked to the other end where the jetty was.
    I don't think this town has become tourist orientated yet, as the houses and buildings were pretty well in there original state, there was hardly a home or building that was painted and looking a picture.

    The main street is typical of seaside towns in South Australia, which means there are usually Norfolk Island Pines growing, and here they were in the median strip. Big impressive trees!

    As I made my way along the street, I found original stone cottages, and a beaut wooden cottage that had been added to many times.
    I loved the General store, established in 1877, you don't see a lot of these around now. It sold everything you could possibly need in just the one store.
    Then I came across the old Institue, built in 1825, and next to it the newer, larger Memorial Hall, built in 1925, these had been painted and were looking spick and span!

    The street had many kinds of different architecture and I enjoyed the pleasant walk to the esplanade.

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    STUMP JUMP PLOUGH

    by balhannah Written Jun 23, 2012

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    Jump stump plough memorial

    Located on the median strip of Port Victoria, is a "stump jump plough."
    The plough is a memorial in memory of all the pioneer settlers who settled in the district. It was dated 1876 -1976.

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