Situated on top of imposing coastal cliffs of red clay, and an easy 90 minute drive from Adelaide, Ardrossan is a thriving seaport and centre for agriculture. Spectacular scenery from a cliff top lookout, an abundance of blue swimmer crabs, great fishing, shipwrecks and an interesting history make this a great spot to while away relaxing days. Ardrossan is a popular location for Adelaide residents on weekends. The beach is safe for swimming and the views of the majestic brick-red clay cliffs are particularly stunning at sunrise. replacenewlinereplacenewlineBeing at a site formerly known as Clay Gully or Parara, after a deep gully leading to its red clay coastal cliffs, the surveyed town of Ardrossan was named by Governor Fergusson after the Ardrossan seaport in Scotland which shared similar geography - 'ard' a height, and 'ros' prominent rock or headland.replacenewlinereplacenewlineArdrossan jetty fishingA jetty was constructed in 1878 to accommodate the steamships and windjammers used to ship grain. Today this is known as the fisherman's jetty and forms a major attraction for anglers.replacenewlinereplacenewlineArdrossan visitor information outlet can provide information on the local area, as well as maps and brochures.replacenewlinereplacenewlineFor the self contained traveller, there is a dump point and a small RV overnight stay area in West Terrace. Fees for the overnight stay are payable to the visitor information outlet.

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Community Services  

Adelaide Visitor Information Centre
9 James Place,

Yorke Peninsula Council Office
15 Edithburgh Rd,

Ardrossan Police Station SA
6 Fourth Street,

Ardrossan Community Hospital SA
37 Fifth Street,

Ardrossan School Community Library SA
14 Second Street,

Location Information 

  • Elevation: 23 m
  • Population: 1167
  • State electorate(s): Narungga
  • Federal Division(s): Grey
  • Established (yr): 1873
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

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Travel To  

Maitland SA 5573 (25.5 km, 18 mins)
Minlaton SA 5575 (53 km, 37 mins)

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Ardrossan SA is located on the following Aboriginal nation country/countries.

Narangga acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.