One hundred and eighty-nine kilometres north of Adelaide, the Yorke Peninsula town of Port Victoria sits on the western shores of the Spencer Gulf overlooking Wardang Island. The town was originally called Wauraltee (bandicoot) - the name local Aborigines gave the island.
The town sprang into prominence as the turnaround port for clippers loading grain for the northern hemisphere run. Because it marked the start of the great grain races to Britain, Port Victoria is recognised as ‘the last of the windjammer ports’.
Those grand old days are recorded in the Maritime Museum’s collection and, more tragically, in the clipper wrecks lying in waters round Wardang Island. The sites of eight of the wrecks are signalled on maps and plans included in a waterproofed booklet entitled the Wardang Island Maritime Heritage Trail.
Indeed, the waters off Wardang are acknowledged as one of the nation's premier drive locations.