Ardrossan is the first town heading south after Port Wakefield down the Yorke Peninsular; a really nice spot this and should be planned to be an overnighter. Garden like settings, a Jetty and a number of heritage buildings give Ardrossan lots of character. Not the least the magnificent Royal Hotel.

The town was named by Governor Fergusson after the Ardrossan seaport in Scotland and it was proclaimed on 5 November 1873.

The town was largely initiated by wheat farmers and wheat transporters in the late 19th century who needed infrastructure to ship their produce across the Gulf St. Vincent to Port Adelaide. The site was chosen near an old boat landing at Parara. To this day wheat and barley are exported.

A jetty was constructed in 1878 to accommodate the steamships and windjammers used to ship grain.

It is famous as the location of Clarence Smith's factory where he manufactured the Stump-jump plough between 1880 and 1935, one of South Australia's first and most important inventions.

The two hotels in Ardrossan are over 100 years old.

The Ardrossan Museum is located near the main street.

The Ardrossan War Memorial is in the centre of the town.

The Anglican and United Churches are old and classic church design and buildings. The Catholic Church is atypical modern disappoint.

Ardrossan is a really nice spot, coastal and a recreational centre. A minimum of a day is recommended.

Heritage diary



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course