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Published September 21st 2021
An idyllic coastal town
Visitor information bay
Coobowie is a small beautiful coastal town located at the south-eastern tip of Yorke Peninsula and approximately 220 kilometres from Adelaide. The town was established in 1875 and the name Coobowie is an Aboriginal word meaning "wildfowl water". Today, Coobowie is also known as the "Pelican Port" as the town's estuary is home to many birdlife.
Park next to information bay
Mural in park
On entering the town, there is a Visitors Information bay with maps and information of the township. Next to it is a big park featuring the history of the town. There is a part of the original old jetty, and also many plaques with stories of the town's heritage.
Coobowie community hall
Sculptures on grounds of community hall
Opposite the park is the town's Community Hall. On the grounds are sculptures of Australian animals - the emus, kangaroos, wombats and sheep. This is part of some new features that the town is creating to attract visitors.
Further down the street is the Coobowie Hotel and the Aquatic Reserve. Right on the beach is also a big playground with a sheltered BBQ area. There is also a caravan park in the township.
The town's latest attraction is a beautifully painted water tank depicting the town's birdlife. A shed next to it was also beautifully painted with a rodeo theme which is part of Coobowie's history. These were completed only six months ago. It is located on Gumbowie Road a few kilometres from the town centre. There is signage showing the direction to the site.
Coobowie is fast becoming an idyllic holiday town for people who wants to get away from crowds and enjoy a relaxed holiday by the coast with beaches for swimming, fishing and relaxing long sandy walks.
Find a comfortable spot on the beach to relax and watch the pelicans. I find it fascinating watching them glide / fly gracefully across the water, then lazily strolling along on the sand. A lot of people take their boats to a boat ramp a few km away and go fishing. There is some wonderful luxury holiday houses right on the beach (many of they 2 storey) in amongst the odd permanent residents' houses.