The first of its kind in South Australia & the largest in Australia, Windara Reef is a shellfish restoration reef in Gulf St Vincent.
Windara Reef offers great fishing for recreational fishers with fish species including King George Whiting & Snapper.
The reef is named Windara Reef after the Narungga name for the eastern section of Yorke Peninsula, which is one of the 4 clans making up Narungga. It is located 1km off the Rogues Point coast, 7km south of Ardrossan and is at a water depth of 8-10 metres.
The 4-hectare site is the first construction phase of Windara Reef, and is made of 60 custom-made concrete structures and over 800 tones of Yorke Peninsula limestone, covered with Pacific Oyster shells & juvenile native oysters.
Recreational fishing, boating and diving is permitted, within the reef area, however boats can’t anchor due to possible damage to the reef and anchors getting snagged on the reef structure.
The nearest boat launching to Windara Reef is at Ardrossan (dual lane, all tide, with boarding pontoon) & Rogues Point (single lane, not recommended at low tide). Please check tide times before launching your boat from Rogues Point.
The GPS coordinates of the initial 4-hectare Windara Reef are:
- 34˚30.496” South, 137°53.953” East
- 34˚30.604” South, 137°53.949” East
- 34˚30.499” South, 137°54.083” East
- 34˚30.607” South, 137°54.079” East
Shellfish reefs were once widespread in the waters off the Yorke Peninsula coast and provided a habit for marine life, including popular fish species. Windara Reef will provide a healthier marine environment with King George Whiting and Snapper expected to be just some of the species that will inhabit the reef.
To find out more about the different fish species that you can catch in the waters off Yorke Peninsula & to plan your fishing trip, download a copy of the Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide.
The 2nd phase of the reef project will expand the site to 20 hectares, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Windara Reef is a partnership between the South Australian Government, The Nature Conservancy, Yorke Peninsula Council, RecFish SA, University of Adelaide and the Yorke Peninsula community; with support from the Federal Government through the National Stronger Regions Fund.