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by Bev (subscribe)
Australia is a beautiful country with many places to explore in your own backyard.
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
Coobowie community hall

Kangaroo emu
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.

Wombat sculptures

Sheep sculptures

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.

Coobowie hotel
Coobowie hotel

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 aquatic reserve
Aquatic reserve

Coobowie playground
The playground

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.

Coobowie water tower
The painted water tank and shed

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Why? A beautiful coastal town to visit
When: Anytime
Where: Yorke Peninsula
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Sounds and looks like a great place Bev. It is pleasing to see small towns enticing passing motorist to stop and help the local economy.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4038) 236 days ago
great art work and animal installations paying tribute to Australiana
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|4636) 235 days ago
It looks very pretty Bev. I love the animal sculptures.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9626) 234 days ago
Love the water tower art in particular!
by Audrey (score: 2|169) 235 days ago
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.
by r.eng (score: 2|750) 1 day ago
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