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Looking towards the beach at Port Vincent
|Population||514 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|Location||194 km (121 mi) from Adelaide|
|LGA(s)||Yorke Peninsula Council|
In its early days it was a port exporting wheat, barley, wool and mallee stumps (firewood). From the first settlement in 1852 until 1877, coastal trading ketches would beach at high tide, and unload directly to farm wagons at low tide. A jetty was built into the bay in 1877, construction of a wharf began in 1901, and the original jetty was removed in 1918. Port Vincent was the main entry point for people and goods to and from the Yorke Peninsula until a good road was built from Port Wakefield in around 1949. Three major fuel companies had storage and distribution depots in the town, supplied by boat or barge from Port Adelaide.
A seaside holiday destination for many years, recently it has been the site of a marina development. Port Vincent was named Australia's Tidiest Town in 2004, having won the South Australian award in 2000 and 2003. It has active volunteer organisations including the CFS, Coast Guard, Tidy Towns etc.
In 2003/04 a large marina was constructed in Port Vincent. It is operated by the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia. Port Vincent can also cater for schools on camp. The town has grown in size over the last few years with the release of land for housing. There is a proposed 'next stage', which will include over 100 domestic building blocks and possibly a retirement village.[when?]
2011 saw Port Vincent win the State's Cleanest Beach Award and went on to the National Judging.
VAC swim operates there in the summer holidays.
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