Ardrossan is located approximately 150km from Adelaide on the eastern coast of Yorke Peninsula. It's central location is perfect for day trips around the Peninsula and with it's safe beaches, picturesque jetty and excellent fishing and crabbing, it is a popular holiday destination.


Whale Memorial

There is a memorial for the whales that beached themselves south of Ardrossan on the 8th of December, 2014. Visitors can visit the memorial by following the "Walk the Yorke" trail south of Ardrossan or by road. The jawbone of a whale is on display at the museum.

Tiddy Widdy Beach

A few kilometres north of Ardrossan is the lovely swimming and crabbing beach of Tiddy Widdy, with many holiday homes and permanent residents. Boats can be launched from the beach, but a 4WD vehicle is recommended.

Sport & Recreation

Golf course [see Ardrossan Golf Club] Lawn bowls Scuba diving (Zanoni Shipwreck, 20km south, approval required, see Tourist Information Office)

Get Crabby!

Known as "The Home of the Blue Swimmer Crab", Ardrossan and nearby coastal areas are popular for the summer pastime of crabbing. An hour before low tide is the best time to search through the white sandy areas near the weed line, not forgetting to wear a pair of old shoes and socks to guard against nips! Crabs can also be easily caught using nets from the jetty or boats. The modern boat ramp makes it easy to venture out to deeper waters in search of snapper, mulloway, King George whiting, snook, squid and garfish.

Museum and Visitor information centre

The Ardrossan Historical Museum is located on Fifth Street in the former factory once owned by Clarence Smith, manufacturer of the iconic "Stump Jump Plough". This ingenious invention simplified farming in the late 1900's, revolutionising the clearing of mallee scrub. A room is dedicated to the "Zanoni", a wheat clipper that capsized off Ardrossan in 1867. Also on display is the jawbone of a whale, old style general store and the history of the ketch trade to Ardrossan. The Museum is open 7 days, 10am to 4pm including public holidays (except Good Friday and Christmas Day). Other times by arrangement by phoning 8837 3939.

Windara Reef

Windara Reef is the first shellfish restoration reef of its kind in South Australia with the aim to assist in a healthier marine environment and improved fishing opportunities. The site of four hectares was opened in August 2017. The reef was built using 60 custom made concrete structures and 800 tonnes of limestone rock layered with juvenile native oysters. South of Ardrossan, and within Rogues Point vacinity, the reef will eventually cover 80 hectares.

The Stump Jump Plough

The stump jump plough resting in the park on East Terrace, is a tribute to Clarence Smith, who manufactured the ploughs in the 1870's in Ardrossan.

Town Jetty

Built in 1876 the jetty was the hub of a busy grain port. Produce was once carried along the jetty by horse-drawn trolleys to the ships. The old wheat trolleys and the tram track remain today. The jetty is a great vantage point at sunrise to see the amazing display of colour against Ardrossan's red coastal cliffs.

wheat silos

The wheat silos where built in 1952 and today the towering silos can store in excess of 250,000 tonnes of grain. Ardrossan was the first port in South Australia to have bulk handling wheat facilities.

bhp (one steel) lookout

Great views across the Gulf St Vincent and also a vantage point for views over the One Steel dolomite mine.

Pine point

Located 15 km south of Ardrossan, popular for its long sandy beach which is ideal for walking, swimming and relaxing.