Arno Bay 

Arno Bay

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Arno Bay

Ideally the most central holiday destination on Eastern Eyre Peninsula, spend time exploring Eastern Eyre Peninsula by basing yourself at Arno Bay.

Large sandy bay, ideal for swimming, windsurfing, sailing and fishing. The jetty was originally built in 1882 at a cost of L8 424-13-7 ($16,849.36), after much disagreement between the early settlers over the location of a jetty within the region.

In 1905 the jetty was extended by 500 feet (150 metres) to cater for larger vessels and in 1912 it was extended once again to its final length of 1230 ft (370 metres). In later years, due to the port ceasing operations on a commercial basis, the jetty was shortened in 1971 to 695 feet (210 metres) and is now used for recreational purposes.

In the early days, ketches would come to Arno Bay bringing food and goods for settlers of the district. They also picked up grain from Arno bay to be shipped away. Some names of the various ketches that called were: Investigator, Ready, Herbert, Albatross, victor, Rupara, Morialta, Kapoola, Quorna.

Arno Bay began as a shipping port servicing the local farming district, when superphosphate was brought in and cereal crops were sent out. Originally proclaimed in 1883 as Bligh, re-named in 1940. For more history please go to Tourist Information/ Local History.

Local Events

New Years Day Event - The local community organises a Celebration Festival each year to herald the start of the New Year. Catering and activities for all ages are provided, each year different from the previous with a variety of ideas, events and themes being used. Some past activities have included a tractor pull, sand-dune golf classic, children's craft, street float parade. With an increase in the town's population due to the summer weather, this event includes both locals and visitors to the town.

Monster Trash 'n Treasure Auction - held in March each year, it is used as a fundraiser for local projects. Contact Neil Wickstein ph: 8628 0108 if you have items to auction.

Arno Bay Yachting Competition- Season extends from October until Easter.

Arno Bay Dirt Circuit- held every 3rd Sunday of the month from Feburary-October.

Arno Bay Welcome Wall

The wall is made from local stone with old jetty planks, 140 red rose bushes featuring a life size cement dolphin made by local Cliff Kerrison, with the assistance of the Arno Bay Progress Association in 2000.

Arno bay welcome wall



"This location, first known as Salt Creek Cove, later became known as Arno Bay - derived from the aboriginal word 'Arno' - which the natives applied to two wells which existed in sand hills which stood either side of the present jetty.
When the township was surveyed on 18 January 1883, it was officially named Bligh, reputedly after Governor William Bligh of Bounty fame, but local people were in the habit of referring to the township after the name of the bay ie Arno Bay. To save confusion the Nomenclature Committee (as it was then called) at the request of the Cleve Council changed the name to Arno Bay in 1940.
Prior to the jetty being built in 1880, vessels anchored out from the beach and a seaman rowed ashore and lit a signal fire. When the signal was sighted it was acknowledged by lighting another fire on Ranford Hill, near Cleve. This fire also advised surrounding farmers of the vessels arrival. As there were no roads in the early days, farmers from the hills used creek beds as road because they had no trees. Passengers and provisions were landed by being rowed ashore in boats. The farmers produce was taken aboard in a similar manner.
The schooner Postboy, which was built at Port Adelaide in 1874, was wrecked here in 1905. It was a regular trading vessel between Port Adelaide and the gulf ports. The vessel One and All, built at North Haven as part of South Australia's 150th jubilee project, is based on a design of the Postboy.
In 1911 the attractive two-storey hotel with upstairs rooms was built to cater for sea and rail travelers as it was believed the railway would reach here making Arno Bay a main shipping and rail terminus. In 1912 the jetty was extended to 370 metres and the township became a busy gulf port with more than 11,000 tonnes of bagged grain being shipped away in 1946.
In 1963 the bulk wheat silos were built and ketches were no longer required, as road transport conveyed the bulk grain to Port Lincoln where it could be stored in silos until required for overseas markets.
To save maintenance costs the Jetty was shortened and is now used for recreational purposes. To & About Eyre Peninsula, Harold Normandale 1986.

For more information on local history view Tourist Information/ Local History.

Cleanseas Aquaculture

Kingfish sign at Arno Bay foreshoreHome of the Mighty Kingfish

Established in 1996 to produce abalone spat and finfish fingerlings is now a marine finfish operation comprising of a hatchery and grow out sea cage. Commercially operating, producing Yellow Tail Kingfish and Mulloway, since 1999. Future research and development site for the propagation of Southern Bluefin Tuna.

Clean Seas Aquaculture, situated at Arno Bay, is a world class, state of the art facility locally owned by Stehr Group, a pioneering tuna fishing company of Port Lincoln-commercially operating and successfully producing Yellowtail Kingfish and Mulloway since 2001. Clean Seas is also a research and development site for the propagation of Southern Bluefin Tuna. Clean Seas is ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2000 compliant-the highest certifications granted with regard to environmental and quality management.

This marine fin fish operation incorporates a land based hatchery and grow out sea cages. To produce fingerlings, captive broodstock weighing between 25kg-35kg are "tricked" into breeding. In a controlled environment, the water temperature and daily light periods are altered to create ideal spawning conditions. Fertilised eggs are gathered and placed into incubation tanks where they hatch into 4-5mm larvae within a couple of days. To mimic nature, the larval fish are fed live organisms (zooplankton) called rotifers and artemia (sea monkeys). Large volumes of algae are also grown to feed these organisms and to provide substance to the larval environment. In excess of 20 billion rotifers and artemia are grown each season. Within 60 days the larval fish have grown into a 5gm fingerling that has been weaned onto a manufactured pellet diet. These fingerlings are then transferred to the grow out sea cages.

Yellowtail Kingfish will grow to a marketable 3kg in approximately 14-18 months when they are sold to various local, state, national and international markets

Arno Bay Estuary Board WalkArno Bay Board Walk

THE award-winning Arno Bay Boardwalk is worth pulling off the Lincoln Highway to see.  Meander through the mangroves and down to the beach. Made by volunteers this board walk has taken years to complete.  The board walk has been completed through grants and donations and many hours of hard intensive labor.  A valuable eco-tourism attraction protecting and showcasing the local coastal environment.

The area is inaccessible when the tide is high because of the tributaries so the boardwalk gives people access to enjoy the area at both high and low tide, without damaging the coastal environment.

The wheelchair accessible boardwalk winds through dense mangroves, mud flats, samphire with grass habitats, over small tributaries, along side the main estuary waterway and also highlights a sandy habitat area covered with native pines.

A jetty is also included along the boardwalk so people can fish in the creek without jeopardising the fragile banks.

Arno Bay Murals  

Town Entrance Mural

Painted in 2002 by community members. The 17 metres x 5 metres wall mural shows the historical significance and importance of Arno Bay as a port.

Foreshore Building Mural

Painted by local school children and community members in the 1990's to beautify the historical recreational importance of the 'old laundry'. It depicts the many seaside sports and recreational pursuits over the decades.

Murals adjoining Post Office

The murals were painted by 3 local artists during 2002 to complement other murals within the Arno Bay township, keeping the marine theme.

For more information on Arno Bay please see the local website

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