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Port Victoria Things to Do


    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...


    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...


    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.


    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...


    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...


    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...


    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...


    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...


    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...


Port Victoria Off The Beaten Path


    Sugar Gums are a eucalyptus that we saw a lot around this area. They originate from South Australia and grow very well here, the Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island. They have a straight trunk, but usually the farmers cut out the main trunk so the tree makes many trunks. The old bark is smooth and grey, shedding in irregular patches...


    Located about 24kms from Port Victoria, is the inland town of Maitland. I was a little disappointed with the town, but I did like the Clydesdale sculpture in the town park, the mural and old cart. The Clydesdale was the Horse that worked hard in the paddocks, and this is in rememberance of the work he did. It was a nice addition to the town. The...

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    by balhannah Written Jun 24, 2012

    Favorite thing: In this area of Yorke Peninsual, I saw many farm houses that were still in good shape, but had been abandoned. It was so sad! I know how hard the life was, first hand from relatives who had struggled to make a living in the 1800's.

    People came to this dry country with plenty of hope of making a better life for themselves and family. Here, on Yorke Peninsula, much of the tillable land was thick with mallee or tea-tree forest, all had to be cleared. There was no permanent watercourse. It was hot and hard work.
    Many progressed from tent to stone dwelling and eventually to beautiful limestone villas that still dot the countryside. Then, drought struck, Sheep died, rents increased and later the government resumed run after run.

    Now we see the buildings standing, one was a complete big homestead and outbuildings, another a house, still in good repair, if only the walls could talk, they would many hardship stories to tell!

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