Port Clinton is the most northerly town facing Gulf St Vincent, and is a popular fishing and crabbing destination, about 125km from Adelaide
This was an important and busy port in the 1860s and 70s, being a transfer point for goods and passengers travelling between Port Adelaide and the copper mines at Wallaroo and Moonta. That was despite the shallowness of the beach, which closed the port to larger vessels during low tide. Port Clinton began a gradual decline after 1878 when the railway between Wallaroo and Adelaide was completed. The jetty was dismantled in 1916.
Today Port Clinton boasts a Community and Sports Club whose chef has international experience, offering affordable and innovative meals, unbelievably cheap drinks and a great recreation room to keep the children occupied.There is also a community swimming pool available for use by paying at the caravan park. There are barbecues and a shaded picnic area near the pool, as well as barbecues on the foreshore.
Surrounded by a conservation park and mangroves, Port Clinton is rich in birdlife and the perfect location to see nature's wonders. The mangroves help keep the marine life cycles turning, providing plenty of shelter and making it the perfect nursery for fish.