Port Giles, South Australia

Port Giles is a port on Yorke Peninsula in the Australian state of South Australia located in the gazetted locality of Coobowie between the towns of Stansbury and Edithburgh.[1]

Port Giles
Coobowie, South Australia
Grain silos at Port Giles
Port Giles
Coordinates35°01′23″S 137°45′34″E[1]
Established28 May 1970[2]
Location3 km (2 mi) south of Town of Wool Bay

Port Giles is not a town, but a port facility consisting of a large jetty equipped for bulk handling of grain which is operated by Flinders Ports,[3] and a similarly large grain storage facility operated by ABB Grain. It was opened by the then Premier of South Australia, Steele Hall in 1970, and led to the closure of many of the smaller ports on the peninsula. Port Giles can handle Panamax size ships or larger.[4]

Port Giles was purposely built to be able to handle bulk grain, and load it onto larger modern ships. Many of the other ports were not deep enough for larger ships, and could only be serviced by small ketches and coastal steamships. They only handled grain in bags, not in bulk.

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  1. "Search result for 'Port Giles, Locu' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and Localities', 'Government Towns' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian Government. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  2. Rodda, W. Allen (28 May 1970). "HARBORS ACT, 1936-1969: NOTICE OF DECLARATION OF PORT FACILITIES—PORT GILES" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. The Government of South Australia. p. 1977. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  3. "Port Giles". Flinders Ports. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  4. Spencer Ports Group (15 October 2008). "PORT BONYTHON BULK COMMODITIES EXPORT FACILITY, A Submission to Infrastructure Australia for the National Infrastructure Priority List" (PDF). pp. 9 + 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 February 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2019. Of the eight South Australian ports, only Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Port Giles are capable of berthing ships of Panamax size or larger and the latter two of these are both dedicated grain loading ports
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