Port Victoria

Nharangga name: Dharldiwarldu

Anyone with a love for the sea and its history must visit Port Victoria, the last of the windjammer ports.

For over 70 years, grain was loaded onto magnificent sailing ships bound for Europe via Cape Horn. The Pamir and Passat were the last two ships to leave in 1949 on the last commercial voyage worldwide. The last grand era of sail is evoked in the local museum which has a large collection of photographs and artefacts.

Today, the town is a paradise for fishers and divers alike, with eight shipwrecks around Wardang Island forming the Wardang Island Maritime Heritage Trail.

Commercial fishing is an important industry, with recreational fishing from jetties, beaches and boats being a huge attraction to the area. If you want to try some local seafood but aren't into catching your own, Port Victoria is home to Gill Fisheries who specialise in wild caught local seafood.

Port Victoria also has a pre-history, as well as a maritime history with the Geology Trail following its volcanic beginnings. The trail meanders along the coast from the jetty to Rifle Butts Beach. Interpretive brochures are available from the kiosk near the jetty.

In 1802, Captain Matthew Flinders mistook Wardang Island for part of the mainland and named the area Point Pearce. It wasn't until 1839, when the area was surveyed by Robert Cook and James Hughes in a schooner called Victoria, that they realised there was a separated island. They named the bay 'Victoria Harbour' in 1839, after their boat.  

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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.