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Beachport Visitor Information Centre


Beachport Visitor Information Centre

Beachport Millicent Rd
Beachport, South Australia, 5280

Phone: (08) 8735 8029
Email: beachport@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Website: http://www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au


Beachport

Beachport's location in the Wattle Range district. Beachport is located 37kms north-west of Millicent on the Southern Ports Highway (Alternate Highway One) and 80kms west of Penola. The main local industries are agriculture, viticulture, tourism, aquaculture, fishing, surfboard manufacturing and kelp fertiliser manufacturing. The first industry in the South East of South Australia was a whaling station at Beachport. Beachport was named after M.E. Hicks Beach MP and was officially proclaimed a port on the 21st November 1878. In that year, the lighthouse and two houses on Penguin Island were completed. Despite a lack of facilities, trade and the handling of cargo developed. A week after the tragedy of the Geltwood (1876), parliament passed a bill to establish a port at Beachport. In November 1878 the railway line to Mt Gambier was completed. The railway closed in 1956. The bay is now home to a thriving fishing fleet and is a popular tourist destination.

The Beachport Visitor Information Centre is able to offer extensive information on accommodation, attractions and events so give them a call on (08) 8735 8029 or email beachport@wattlerange.sa.gov.au