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Port Gawler beach (234) is the first beach north of Adelaide and is located at the end of the Port Gawler Road. While a town was surveyed in 1839, little has changed in the area since. The 4.5 km long beach is backed by tidal flats, which have been developed as salt evaporation ponds. The beach consists of a high tide sands ridge, fronted by 3 km of tidal flats, with extensive mangrove on the flats south of the beach. The southern mangrove area is part of the Port Gawler Conservation Park. A 4WD track runs along the back of the beach and there is no development other than a camping area.
Beach Length: 4.5km
General Hazard Rating: 1/10

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


Formal parking area
Formal parking area
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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.