Cowell is a seaside town on the Eyre Peninsula offering interesting attractions, a variety of accommodation and a fascinating history.

Franklin Harbour, a 48 square kilometre natural harbour with calm, fish filled waters, has for many years fostered Cowell's reputation as one of the best fishing destinations in South Australia and now it's also helping to put Cowell on the map as an oyster producer.

Franklin Harbour's popularity has been backed by many foreshore developments including the deepening of the boating channel, a new enclosed tidal aquatic area, sheltered barbecue facilities and a large adventure playground.

There's also plenty to do away from the water. Cowell boasts one of the largest jade deposits in the world and the famed Gumnuts children's author May Gibbs spent part of her life here. Settled in 1853, Cowell has developed into a substantial township with a variety of shops, telecentre with internet access, accommodation and sporting facilities.

Cowell jade is recognised as the oldest and one of the largest deposits in the world, discovered in 1965, with a variety of colours and patterns not found anywhere else. There are souvenirs, cut jade, jewellery and some of the most colourful marble available at the Cowell Jade Motel Showroom.

Oyster farming is a relatively new but thriving industry in this community, with an increasingly large percentage of South Australia's oyster supply coming from Cowell.

Eyre Peninsula's largest wind farm is the Mount Millar Wind Farm is operational on an escarpment approximately 38 kilometres from Cowell travelling towards Cleve. From the public viewing area at the top of Range Road see the enormous two-megawatt wind turbines with a blade diameter of 71 metres atop an 85 metre tall tower – a total height of 120 metres. The viewing area is signposted at 17 kilometres from Cowell on the Cowell-Cleve Road and is open to the public seven days a week.

May Gibbs Memorial - approximately 10 kilometres from Cowell on the Cleve Road. A memorial and plaque marks the nearby location of the first Australian home of renowned children's author May Gibbs.

Contact Details

3 Adelaide Place
Port Lincoln
South Australia 5606

Toll Free Number
+61 1300 788 378

+61 (08) 8683 3544

+61 (08) 8683 3544

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  • Cowell, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
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