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Distance & Driving times from major cities

Adelaide
1 hour 45km

 
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Closest City:
Adelaide
City Distance:
45 km
Closest Airport:
Adelaide
Airport Distance:
48 kms
Banking Facilities / ATM: No
(Facilities located at Aldinga)
Winter activities: scuba diving, surfing, fishing, boating, bush walking, whale watching, wine tasting.
Summer activities: swimming, scuba diving, fishing, surfing, boating, snorkeling, bush walking, wine tasting, alfresco dining.
 

 

 

 

 
         
         
           
 
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 About Port Willunga

Port Willunga is known for its white sandy beaches eroded limestone cliffs and black rock reefs.

Swimming, fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving are popular here. The "Star of Greece" a three masted, iron cargo ship which ran aground here on Friday 13th of July 1888 offers scuba divers a fabulous place to dive. At low tide the famous wreck is partly exposed as well as pylons from the old port facilities, destroyed by 1915 storms.

The Star of Greece ran ran into a one in a hundred year storm in the black of night and ran aground where the cliffs rise sharply just north of the settlement. She was loaded with wheat bound for London and was was forced ashore by fifty foot waves. The following day the storm broke her timber hull apart and the twenty eight crew members had to leap into the dangerous seas to try and save their lives. Seventeen drowned, including the Captain. There is a obelisk in the nearby Aldinga cemetery to commemorate this terrible maritime tragedy.

The pylons of the old jetty jut out of the sea as a constant reminder of the force of the Southern Ocean. They are all that is left of Port Willunga's jetty number two. The first jetty extended into the sea from the Port Road. The second jetty was constructed to replace the first one that was neither long enough or tall enough. Built in 1860 it extended an amazing 200 metres into the Gulf of St Vincent. In 1914 a storm ripped out the middle of the jetty and then a another storm in 1915 washed away most of what the remained.

Port Willunga has a reef shelf to the south and a broad bay on the Gulf of St Vincent. It was once a port for ships bound for South Australia to pick up slate and wheat. By 1889 Port Willunga, South Australia second busiest port was described as a “has been” settlement. With crashing crop yields and cheap galvanized iron it ended its days as a trading port. Today it is a popular beach resort, ideal for family beach holidays.

From the of the distinctive ochre coloured Willunga Hills you can see all the way to McLaren Vale to the South.

The beautiful seascapes have attracted many artists to the resort. The every changing sea contrasting against the ochre limestone cliffs provide wonderful inspiration. Port Willunga is also a popular fishing destination.

Climate

The area has a Mediterranean style climate with an annual rainfall of approximately 500mm or 20 inches. The majority of rain is received from May to September.

Average winter temperatures 10-18 degrees celsius
Average summer temperatures 24-35 degrees celsius

Accommodation

Port Willunga offers a wide range of accommodation types including charming guesthouses, self contained beach houses and cottages and bed and breakfasts.

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