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Port Vincent
South Australia
Looking towards the beach at Port Vincent
Population 472 (2006 census)
Established 1877
Postcode(s) 5581
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Location 194 km (121 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) Yorke Peninsula Council
State electorate(s) Goyder
Federal Division(s) Grey
Localities around Port Vincent:
Curramulka Curramulka
Sheoak Flat
Gulf St Vincent
Port Vincent Gulf St Vincent
Stansbury Stansbury Gulf St Vincent

Port Vincent is a small town on the east coast of Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, 194 km from Adelaide by road. At the 2006 census, Port Vincent had a population of 472.


The Narungga Aborigines inhabited the area prior to white settlement. The town was laid out by Adelaide solicitor L.M. Cullen in 1877, originally known as Surveyor's Point.

In its early days it was a port exporting wheat, barley, wool and mallee stumps (firewood). From the first settlement in 1852 until 1877, coastal trading ketches would beach at high tide, and unload directly to farm wagons at low tide. A jetty was built into the bay in 1877, construction of a wharf began in 1901, and the original jetty was removed in 1918. Port Vincent was the main entry point for people and goods to and from the Yorke Peninsula until a good road was built from Port Wakefield in around 1949. Three major fuel companies had storage and distribution depots in the town, supplied by boat or barge from Port Adelaide.

The town today

A seaside holiday destination for many years, recently it has been the site of a marina development. Port Vincent was named Australia's Tidiest Town in 2004, having won the South Australian award in 2000 and 2003. It has active volunteer organisations including the CFS, Coast Guard, Tidy Towns etc.

In 2003/04 a large marina was constructed in Port Vincent. The marina took up an area of beach which angered some locals.

2011 saw Port Vincent win the State's Cleanest Beach Award and went on to the National Judging.

Port Vincent is a beautiful place with lots of things to do. There are lots of places to eat and shop. VAC swim operates there in the summer holidays.

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