Port Hughes, South Australia

Port Hughes is a town and locality in the Australian state of South Australia located on northern Yorke Peninsula about 135 kilometres (84 mi) north-west of the state capital of Adelaide.[1][3] It is considered a satellite town of Moonta which is located directly to the east of Port Hughes. At the 2016 census, Port Hughes had a population of 571.[2]

Port Hughes
South Australia
Port Hughes shops
Port Hughes
Coordinates34°04′39″S 137°33′03″E[1]
Population571 (2016 census)[2]
Established1863 (town)
1999 (locality)[1]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST)ACST (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s)Copper Coast Council[1]
RegionYorke and Mid North[1]
State electorate(s)Narungga[4]
Federal Division(s)Grey[5]
Mean max temp[6] Mean min temp[6] Annual rainfall[6]
23.8 °C
75 °F
9.8 °C
50 °F
330.1 mm
13 in
Localities around Port Hughes:
Spencer Gulf Moonta Bay Moonta
Spencer Gulf Port Hughes Kooroona
Spencer Gulf Nalyappa Kooroona
FootnotesAdjoining localities[1]


Port Hughes is a popular tourist destination, with attractions including a Greg Norman-designed links style golf course, the beach and the jetty. Boating is facilitated by the availability of a boat ramp. The beach is regarded as safe for swimming, which attracts families going on vacation. Fishing is a popular pastime. Fishing takes place on the jetty which is also a popular scuba diving site. Also, boats are available for charter to go fishing. Tourists are catered for with accommodation at the caravan park, which features onsite cabins and villas. There is also a general store and tavern.


The government town of Port Hughes was surveyed in April 1863 and named after Sir Watson Hughes. The boundary of the town was extended in April 1960 and again in October 1985. Boundaries were created for the locality now known as Port Hughes in January 1999 which include the full extent of the former government town. The locality was enlarged in July 2008 by the addition of land from the adjoining locality of Moonta Bay.[1]

In recent years, Port Hughes has been the subject of significant interest from land developers, with several land subdivisions in the local area. The most significant recent developments are the Patrick's Cove and Patrick's View land subdivisions, which have resulted in new housing being constructed and an influx of new residents. In June 2007, "The Dunes Port Hughes", a major new residential development was announced, including the construction of the first Greg Norman designed golf course in Australia, as well as a hotel and convention facility, as part of a major housing development.[7] On 11 July 2012 Ferrier Hodgson partners David Kidman and Martin Lewis were appointed as receivers and managers to sell the remaining allotments and development properties.


Port Hughes is located within the federal Division of Grey, the state electoral district of Narungga and the local government area known as the Copper Coast Council.[4][5][1]


  1. "Search results for 'Port Hughes, LOCB' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and localities', 'Counties', 'Government Towns', 'Hundreds', 'Local Government Areas', 'SA Government Regions' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian Government. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Port Hughes". 2016 Census QuickStats.
  3. "Port Hughes, South Australia (Postcode)". postcodes-australia.com. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  4. Narungga (Map). Electoral District Boundaries Commission. 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  5. "Federal electoral division of Grey" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  6. "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics KADINA AWS (nearest station)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  7. "About". The Dunes, Port Hughes. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
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