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Wool Bay Lime Kiln

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Published July 6th 2022
A distinctive piece of architecture
Wool Bay Lime Kiln
Along the Walk The Yorke leisure trail


Built during the early 20th century, Wool Bay Lime Kiln is one of the few lime-burning furnaces on southern Yorke Peninsula that still remains in a reasonably good condition today. It burned limestone until the 1950s when Wool Bay's lime industry began to decline. Although it had a unique design, the kiln never really burnt successfully due to draught problems at its clifftop location.

Wool Bay Lime Kiln
View from clifftop


Back in those days, lime was used as mortar and Wool Bay became one of its main suppliers for Adelaide buildings. Bags of burnt limestone were taken from the kiln via a small railway line to the jetty and then shipped to Adelaide. Believe it or not, this small seaside town was once an industrial site with a very busy port!

Wool Bay Lime Kiln
View from jetty


For a great view of the kiln, wander down the jetty and turn around at about the halfway point. The kiln can also be seen from the top of the cliffs on the Esplanade between Third and Fourth Streets. If you're into long walks, you'll be pleased to know that this distinctive piece of architecture is along the Stansbury-Edithburgh section of South Australia's famous Walk The Yorke leisure trail.

stansbury water tower art
Water tower art


Wool Bay is approximately 220 kilometres from Adelaide. Other things to see and do while you're there include exploring its cliffs and coves, enjoying its sandy beaches, fishing for squid and discovering water tower artworks in nearby towns. Along the way, you'll find a memorial reminding us of the tragic mass whale stranding that occurred in 2014.

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Whale memorial

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Another great and interesting article Audrey.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4377) 85 days ago
Wow, love the architecture! Thanks for the article.
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