207 kms from Adelaide

Stansbury jetty and boatsWashed by the calm waters of a protected bay on the lower east coast of Yorke Peninsula, Stansbury is a popular holiday spot, particularly with families.  The town looks out over Gulf St Vincent, and the water is ideal for swimming, diving and skiing. There's a pontoon near the jetty which the kids will love.

Stansbury was officially proclaimed in 1873 by Governor Anthony Musgrave in honour of a friend, and the first settler in the district was Alfred Weaver, who brought 7,000 sheep with him. Weaver built a shearing shed in 1846 where Stansbury now stands.

Due to the abundance of oysters found in the bay, Stansbury was originally known as Oyster Bay and had a reputation for the best oysters in South Australia. For a number of years, there were between 15 and 20 oyster dredges working the bay, until eventually it was fished out.  These days there are a number of oyster leases along the coastal waters, and in fact many of the oysters which start life here are ongrown as those famous Coffin Bay oysters.  You can purchase our delicious fresh oysters from farm gates or be a "deckie" for a day to learn more about the industry. 

At one time ketches ran a brisk trade ferrying wheat and lime and cement produced in local kilns across the gulf to Port Adelaide, but today you can see dolphins frolicking, especially during the early morning or at dusk.

Dolphins can often be seen frolicking in the bay, with mornings and evenings being the best viewing times. Stansbury also has great seasonal beach and jetty fishing plus an all-tide three lane boat ramp.

The foreshore offers plenty of barbeque and picnic facilities, and there are many shaded areas from the jetty reserve right up to the caravan park entrance. Have some fun on the adult gym equipment while the kids enjoy the playground.

Stansbury visitor information outlet, known as the SYP Visitor Information Centre, can provide information on the local area, as well as maps and brochures. It is located in Weaver Street.

Stansbury Seaside Markets

Crowds turn up for the marketsThe bustling Stansbury Seaside Markets that are held on the foreshore from October to March. The market was the first of its kind within the Yorke Peninsula region and still today it is able to offer a country style market along the foreshore in Stansbury.

The markets run on a Saturday morning from 9.00 am and a visit to these award winning markets is a great family day out.  There's a great range of products to suit all ages.

Stalls vary from local produce, home-made baked goods, art works, gifts, crafts, fishing gear, dog products, leather goods, jewellery, clothing, fashion accessories, plants, toys, lucky dips, face painting and plenty of hot and cold food and drinks.

Click here for the market dates for this year.

Visitor Information

Yorke Peninsula Council acknowledges the Narungga (traditionally spelled Nharangga) people, the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Yorke Peninsula and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information
8 Elizabeth Street, Maitland, South Australia 5573
T: 1800 202 445   E: info@visityorkepeninsula.com.au


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