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Fishing & Boating

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Blue swimmer crabs can be caught all year-round but are more productive from September through to April, especially if wading and raking for crabs.  A good hint for remembering is that crabs can be caught in the months that have an ‘R" in them, as these are the warmer months of the year. Generally March and April are the best! 

If you would like to try crabbing, bring a rake and bucket, or ask the locals if you can borrow theirs.  The Ardrossan Caravan Park hires crabbing equipment and has good crab cooking facilities for guests to use. There are plenty of good crab raking areas to the north and south of the town.

There is a size and catch limit for Blue Swimmer Crabs. Visit to find size and catch limits. Crab measures can be purchased from either hardware store or the Discount Variety shop, all of which are located in the main street. 


Fishing & Boating

Ardrossan has excellent facilities for the visiting angler. The small, protected boat harbor, adjacent to the bulk loading jetty, provides safe and convenient launching.(there is a small cost payable on the honour system to use the boat ramp. This money is used for the upkeep of the boat ramp.) It features pontoon boarding; all tide access and a spacious, sealed car park.
There are plenty of productive grounds within easy reach of the harbor, so you don't have to own a big boat to catch a decent feed. 

There are two jetties at Ardrossan, one of which is open to public access and is very popular with visiting anglers. The second, much longer jetty is off limits to  land-based fishers, but can be visited in a small boat. An oversized replica of a blue crab greets you as you approach the town jetty, providing a definite clue as to what you can expect to catch. 

Tommies, squid, blue crabs, salmon trout and mullet are bagged regularly from the public jetty, as well as a few school mulloway for those who put in the time. It is probably at its best from late afternoon and into the evening, especially from October through until Easter time. 

For those with a decent-sized trailer boat, Ardrossan can be an exciting place to fish. There are usually nice salmon around the end of the bulk loading jetty and plenty of  big snapper further out. The Ardrossan barge, which was deliberately sunk south-east of the town back in 1984 to replace access to the historic Zanoni shipwreck site, has been a reliable spot for big snapper for many years. Reds to 15 kilograms are caught here over the Christmas period each summer, along with slimy mackerel, whiting and the occasional large mulloway. Prime times to visit the barge are dusk and dawn, but big snapper can be caught throughout the night, particularly around tide changes. Keep an eye out for great white sharks, which are frequent visitors when the snapper run is at its peak. 



The Beach

The beach at Ardrossan near the jetty is used for swimming, however it does not have the white sandy expanses found on many Adelaide beaches. The Ardrossan jetty attracts people who want to fish, crab and catch squid. There are generally some good catches of fish at most times of the year with plenty of crabs caught from spring through to autumn. The Ardrossan beaches provide a good area for kids as they generally can catch something without having to go out in a boat. Just north of Ardrossan is Tiddy Widdy Beach, with an expansive beach for swimming and crabbing.


Windara Reef

The first of its kind in South Australia and the largest in Australia.  This shellfish restoration reef will provide great fishing for our recreational fishers with species such as King George Whiting and Snapper finding a home here.  

Windara is the name of the Narungga people who lived in the eastern area of Yorke Peninsula.  The Narungga people were made up of four clans sharing the Guuranda (the Yorke Peninsula), Kurnara in the north, Dilpa in the south, Wari in the west and Windarra in the east.

The Reef

Phase one of the Windara Reef site is four hectares in size, and has been built with a mixture of 60 custom made concrete structures and 800 tonnes of local Yorke Peninsula limestone. This structure has been layered with Pacific Oyster shells which are covered in juvenile native oysters.  Phase 2 will see the reef expand to 20 hectares, and will be completed by the end of 2018.

Windara Reef is 7 kms off the coast south of Ardrossan, near Rogues Point.  It sits in a water depth of approximately 8 to 10 metres.

There are some rules which will ensure the long term sustainability of the reef.  These include the following permitted and prohibited activities:


  • Boating
  • Drift recreational fishing by rod and line or handline and hand (dab) net
  • Diving


  • No commercial fishing activity of any kind is permitted in this zone
  • Collection or removal of any bottom dwelling organisms, such as oysters, coral, seaweed, sea urchins, snails, crabs, abalone or any other shellfish
  • No anchoring
  • No spearfishing

Zanoni Shipwreck

Yorke Peninsula's coastline is littered with shipwrecks and the fascinating history of their demise can be seen at many of the local museums throughout the region. The wreck of the Zanoni lies10 nautical miles southeast of Ardrossan and is the most intact 19th century merchant sailing vessel located in SA. The 338-ton barque was built in Liverpool, England, in 1865 and arrived at Port Adelaide on 13 January 1867. Nearly a month later, laden with wheat, she set sail for London, but sank after running into a violent storm. People interested in diving can obtain permits from the Maritime Heritage Branch of the Department for Environment and Heritage. 

For more information on  the "Zanoni" visit the Ardrossan Museum - Open 7 days a week 10am til 4pm Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day


Boat Ramp

To the southern end of the town lies the boat ramp. This has a large sealed parking area, toilets and water for brief wash down use. Charges are levied by the District Council of the Yorke Peninsula.


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