About

Yorke Peninsula is one of South Australia’s best kept secrets. Situated on the East coast of Yorke Peninsula in the shelter of beautiful Oyster Bay, Stansbury is the ideal destination for caravanners, family holidays, fishing, swimming, kayaking or just relaxing the hours away. An easy two hour drive from Adelaide, Stansbury is very accessible and the perfect base for exploring Yorke Peninsula.

Here at Stansbury, there’s plenty to see and do, with seasonal crabbing as well as snorkelling, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and swimming. If you’re a boating enthusiast, you’ll appreciate the three-lane concrete boat ramp or, if you prefer a casual fish, you can drop a line from the jetty.

Walkers will enjoy the variety of walking trails including a coastal walking trail from the Jetty to Pitts Cutting. Enjoy a picnic on the lush foreshore lawns, or at Mills Gully Lookout overlooking the Bay.

Or why not discover Yorke Peninsula via “Walk the Yorke, where many species of birds can be spotted along the track.

Our town also boasts a variety of services – a fantastic ocean view hotel, a café offering takeaway and in-house dining, service station and hardware, gourmet butcher, hairdresser, pharmacy, post office and the local IGA.

Stansbury Sunrise for About Page

Relax, unwind and enjoy

History

Stansbury is situated in the Hundred of Dalrymple, which was proclaimed on 20th June 1872. The name Dalrymple was named after Sir Charles Dalrymple Fergusson, the father of Governor Right Honourable Sir James Fergusson, Bart, the South Australian Governor from 16th February 1869 to 18th April 1873.

In the early days Stansbury was known as Oyster Bay, due to the extensive oyster beds in the bay at the time. For a number of years, there were between 15 and 20 oyster dredges working the bay, until it was eventually fished out. However, the oyster industry has experienced a resurgence with oyster leases back in the bay, and fresh oysters available for purchase.

Oyster Bay was changed to Stansbury, when Governor Sir Anthony Musgrave, KCMG, the South Australian Governor from 9th June 1873 to January 29th 1877, renamed it in July 1873 after his friend, Mr Stansbury.

Stansbury was officially proclaimed on 31st July 1873.

A locally produced book, “Historic Walk of Stansbury”, is available for purchase from the Southern Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information Centre, corner of Weaver and Towler Streets, Stansbury.

Gun plaque BW