An easy 90 minute drive from Adelaide on the east coast of Yorke Peninsula, Ardrossan sits on top of imposing red cliffs providing excellent views of Gulf St Vincent. Wander down the jetty at sunrise to see the cliffs' amazing display of colour in the morning light.

If you love Blue Swimmer Crabs, then this is the place to be; drop a net from the jetty or rake the shallows to the north or south of the town and you won't be disappointed. The jetty is a hive of activity with fishers casting lines for Tommies, Mullet, Garfish, Blue Crabs and Squid...just to name a few. There is a small, protected boat harbour with pontoon boarding and all tides access, providing good facilities for any visiting angler.

A main agricultural centre for surrounding districts, Ardrossan is a well serviced town offering good shopping and facilities with a Foodland supermarket (open seven days), hardware stores, clothing and general shopping. Ardrossan also has two hotels, takeaway food, a bakery and cafes. Services are available with a hospital, bank and ATM, police station, post office and petrol outlets.

Ardrossan offers several accommodation options with two caravan parks, hotel/motel rooms and self-contained holiday rentals.

Ardrossan is a rich wheat and barley growing district with bulk grain handling facilities and a sea port allowing easy exportation of produce. Arrium has a dolomite operation just south of the town and Cheetham Salt, harvests salt north of Ardrossan.

Full of maritime and farming history, Ardrossan was proclaimed in 1873 and named after Ardrossan in Ayrshire, Scotland. The jetty (that still exists today), was built in 1876 and proclaimed a port in 1878.

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The Yorke Peninsula is the traditional lands of the Narungga (Nharangga) people, who have lived on, and cared for, this country since the beginning of time. We work, live and travel on Nharannga Banggara [Country], and we take time away from those pursuits to acknowledge and pay our deep respects to the Nharangga Elders of the past and present. 

Today, it is essential that we continue to care for and protect our spectacular natural environment. Tread lightly and leave no trace. Learn more about responsible and respectful travel on Yorke Peninsula.