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Located on the Southern Ports Highway just south of Beachport, Southend was the first seaport in the region. Now a working crayfish port and holiday village, Southend offers you safe sheltered swimming beaches and good surf.

You'll find a wide variety of water activities here, including great fishing. Enjoy the rugged coastal scenery and a mix of exhilarating four-wheel drive vehicle and walking trails.

Boasting a variety of accommodation properties, Southend is also a great base for day trips through neighbouring Canunda National Park and the surrounding coastal ports.

Nearby Beachport has the second longest jetty in South Australia (approximately 772 metres). The jetty reaches out into the bay and is a popular location for local and visiting anglers of all ages. Take a walk or do a spot of fishing.

For the more adventurous, explore Beachport Conservation Park by four-wheel drive. Take in the coastal scenery, escape to secluded beaches and see intriguing shell middens. Take some time to explore Lake George and the magnificent bird life. Be sure to call into the Beachport Visitor Information Centre and collect a copy of their new four wheel drive maps and for up to date information. "The Old Wool and Grain Store" National Trust Museum tells the story of the district's past and provides an insight into its whaling history.

Southend and Beachport - two great Limestone Coast destinations.


Southend: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Geltwood Anchor Memorial

On the fifth of July 1876, the Geltwood, a three masted hull barque, on its maiden voyage from England was tragically wrecked a mile off shore, 16 kilometres from Rivoli Bay. There were no survivors.

One of the Geltwood anchors, as well as interpretive panels, can be viewed in Southend at a lookout on Cape Buffon Drive, opposite the National Park Ranger Headquarters. It is a memorial to those who have perished at sea, including local amateur and professional fishermen who have lost their lives at sea.

Another Geltwood anchor can also seen at the Millicent National Trust Living History Museum in the Shipwreck Room.

Cape Buffon Drive
Southend, SA, 5280

Located 0.5K from Southend

The Seaview Walking Trail

The Seaview Walking Trail hike showcases coastal features such as spectacular rock formations, sandy beaches, seabirds and a myriad of plants, while offering stunning scenic views of the coastal environment. The blue-green Coastal Daisy Bush Olearia axellaris features commonly along the walk. Evidence of wombats and echidnas in the form of burrow and scratching are often visible.

Cape Buffon Road
Southend, SA, 5280

Located 1.7K from Southend

Wendy's Walk

Wendy's Walk meanders through bushland, sand dunes and eventually onto the beaches of the majestic Southern Ocean.

The walk is within easy walking distance from Beachport town centre. Maps are available from the Beachport Visitor Information Centre.

Beachport is an isthmus with the sea on two sides and Lake George beside it. Sandy beaches stretch around Rivoli Bay offering great surf and safe swimming, while Bowman Scenic Drive allows visitors to explore the coastal dunes offering spectacular views of the rugged coast of the Southern Ocean.

Foster Street
Beachport, SA, 5280

Located 13.5K from Southend

Beachport Surf Beach

Beachport Surf Beach is excellent for surfing. A parking area, toilets and cold shower are provided and entry is free.

Memorial Lookout located at the Beachport Surf Beach, is dedicated to the memory of two service men killed dismantling a mine during World War Two. The lookout provides panoramic views across Rivoli Bay and Lake George.

An RV dump point located at the Surf Beach car park.

Millicent Road
Beachport, SA, 5280

Located 13.6K from Southend

Bowman Scenic Drive

Bowman scenic drive follows the spectacular rugged coast of the Southern Ocean. Take a leisurely walk down to sandy beaches and wander out onto rocky outcrops at the Salmon Hole and Post Office Rock.

Scuba dive, surf fish or simply ponder the mystique of nature from one of the lookouts. Good vantage points to view passing Southern Right Whales.

Please note, there are dangerous undertows along these beaches. Take care at all times.

Beach Road
Beachport, SA, 5280

Located 13.6K from Southend

Beachport Jetty

One of the longest jetties in South Australia, Beachport Jetty reaches out into the waters of Rivoli Bay. Anglers keen to snare Salmon, Mullet, Mulloway and Whiting. Sandy beaches stretch around the bay offering surf, safe swimming and relaxing sunset strolls.

Beachport is an isthmus with the sea on two sides and Lake George beside it. Sandy beaches stretch around Rivoli Bay offering great surf and safe swimming, while Bowman Scenic Drive allows visitors to explore the coastal dunes offering spectacular views of the rugged coast of the Southern Ocean.

Beach Road
Beachport, SA, 5280

Located 13.7K from Southend

Chambers Way Walk

Take a stroll along the beach front walk, from the jetty to the outlet and experience the ever changing moods of Rivoli Bay. Take a break on one of the many seats made out of recycled timber from the jetty. You will pass French Artist Dume Paolinis' creation Native Vision, depicting the whaling industry and natural environment.

Beach Road
Beachport, SA, 5280

Located 13.7K from Southend

Centennial Park Beachport

Located in the centre of Beachport, Centennial Park comprises of six acres of parkland surrounding a large lagoon with a bridge, barbecue areas with fixed seating, playground with slide, swings and a climbing frame for the children and plenty of lawn areas to set up a cricket game or kick a football.

Located around the Lagoon are several sculptures created by French Artist Dominique Paolinis with local community members in 2013.

Sommerville Street
Beachport, SA, 5280

Located 13.7K from Southend

Susan Wilson Memorial Playground

The Susan Wilson Memorial Playground is a fantastic playground is located on Railway Terrace, the main street of Beachport. It is a perfect place for families with ocean views, barbecue facilities, toilets and a seaside mural.

Susan Wilson operated a kiosk on the corner block opposite the old Wool and Grain Store. She sold pies, pasties, hot water and sweets. Children always came away with much more than they had paid for.

Railway Terrace
Beachport, SA, 5280

Located 14.3K from Southend

Southend: Travel Tips

Beachport Visitor Information Centre

Beachport Visitor Information Centre is open seven days a week, providing local information on Beachport with a range of brochures and maps on the Limestone Coast. For your accommodation needs while staying in Beachport, call us and we can mail, fax or email you an accommodation guide on Beachport.

Internet access is available with five computers for use by visitors, for a small fee. Souvenirs and locally made art and craft items are for sale. Call in and collect a guide on 'what to do in Beachport', a walking trail brochure or a fishing guide. Planning to do some four wheel driving in the National Parks? - we can provide you with detailed four wheel drive vehicle maps.

Millicent Road
Beachport, SA, 5280

Located 13.9K from Southend

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