Edithburg - Cruising anchorages
Reviewed Aug 2016
Mooring at 35°05.80S ~ 137°44.93E
Shelter from SSE through S to NW in 3 m soft mud with extensive ribbon weed patches. Poor holding.Edithburgh, near the southern tip of the Yorke Peninsula, has about the same population as Stansbury, 20 nm north. It is 233 km west of Adelaide via the Princes Highway and 255 km south of Port Pirie, and is one of the major holiday destinations on the Yorke Peninsula. Popular belief is that wind is made there and a huge wind farm announces Edithburghs position from 10 miles out.
Matthew Flinders, the first European to explore the area, named Troubridge Shoal. The area was later surveyed in 1869, and named after Lady Edith Fergusson, the daughter of the Governor-General of India and wife of the South Australian governor at that time. After that survey, people began to buy farming land in the area and Edithburgh started to prosper as a major supplier of salt from saltpans that lay inland from the town. This industry peaked in the late 1920s when up to 24,000 tonnes of salt was exported every year and the towns population peaked at around 1,000.
Anchorage: To find the anchorage, head south past the town and its main jetty, then pass the boat ramp and its breakwater, and into a blind channel taking care to avoid the eastern shoals. Watch your depth. It shoals the further south, closer to Sultana Point, which is better shelter from SE winds. The holding, soft mud and weed, is not good. But there are a number of moorings on the shore side of the blind channel, laid for RSAYS members and others by the CYCSA. On several separate occasions we have borrowed one for a few nights midweek at 35°05.80S ~ 137°44.93E. Almost every time withstanding a feisty westerly gale with no problems. We were polite and posted our mobile number conspicuously whenever we left our vessel.
Facilities/Attractions: Reasonable range of facilities, hotel, fuel, supermarket, restaurants, although these are quite a walk from the fishermans jetty or boat ramp. We often enjoy a 3-course hot lunch for under $10 in the towns pubs. Substantial number of impressive historic buildings and the wind farm provide plenty of photo opportunities in Edithburgh.
Fishing: We enjoyed great fishing from the wharf where we joked and caroused with the regulars before finding that squid loved chasing our jig in the tape weed around our anchorage. The snorkelling in the Troubridge Shoals proved exciting although we spent a fair time looking over our shoulders for white pointers.
Reasonable range of facilities, historic buildings