Home of the South Australian Kingfish.
With pristine sandy beaches, an award winning estuary mangrove boardwalk, refurbished jetty and boat harbour, Arno Bay is a popular holiday spot, particularly with anglers.
Ideally situated midway between Port Lincoln and Whyalla, Arno Bay’s mild climate and peaceful atmosphere contribute to most relaxing holiday. Once a major port servicing the local farming area - with superphosphate shipped in and cereal crops shipped out - today Arno Bay is renowned as home to South Australia’s kingfish and provides excellent fishing year round.
Proclaimed Bligh in 1883 but renamed Arno Bay in 1940, the town’s jetty, beacon and original ‘Super Shed’ stand as testament to its history.
The beachfront caravan park is a few minutes walk from the jetty, and the small town (population 273) is well-serviced by a general store, café, historic pub and sports facilities.
Things To Do
Turnbull Park, Centenary Park and Foreshore
Ideal for a family picnic, this recently upgraded parkland caters well for any visitors and offers great shelters including the ‘Super Shed’ close to the foreshore, toilets and playground.
Harking back to the town’s days as a bustling agricultural port, the only remaining goods shed is now used as a picnic facility with pylon seating and interpretive signage.
Watch the fishing boats as they load up, ready to feed stock in the sea cages and harvest seasonal fish, from this purpose-built platform. There are great views of the beach, coastline, township, shack area and harbour. Look out for the cairn that marks sites of historical importance, including Blyth Tank, Arno Bay Well and the Time Capsule.
Marine Wall Mural
The mural depicts the significance and importance of Arno Bay as a port.
This historic maritime treasure is close to its original site. Beacons were erected to assist ketches entering the bay.
Arno Bay Mangrove Boardwalk
Meandering through dense mangroves and mudflats, sapphire habitats, small tributaries and alongside the main estuary waterway extending to the creek mouth, the award-winning Mangrove Boardwalk showcases
the diverse and pristine beauty of the Arno Bay Estuary.
Constructed by the local community volunteers, the wheelchair accessible 1.4 km boardwalk also features three jetties enabling visitors to fish in the creek without damaging the coastal environment - this area is also ideal for swimming, picnics and exploring.
To find the boardwalk, turn right at the Arno Bay Hotel.
Arno Bay - Wharminda Tourist Drive
Approximately 125km long, this interesting drive showcases extensive panoramic views of agricultural landscapes and Wharminda Soaks over the blue range that rises to 170metres above sea level.