|Port Willunga Adelaide South Australia|
It was once all about sailing ships bound for the Port to pick up slate and wheat, the slate from the Willunga hills graces great buildings in Melbourne and Sydney. but now times have changed Port Willunga still has a bustle about it, with new holiday homes perched high on the clay and limestone cliffs.
This is the shipwreck in 1888 of the Star of Greece
Port Willunga from mister bend
The blue gulf water below the cliffs and pristine sandy beach beckons. Aboriginal Kuarna people have significant links with the beach their dreaming warrior Tjibruke wept tears here creating fresh water springs along the beach. Watch the birds they will show you a fresh water spring when they dive down to take a drink. Carved out in the cliffs overlooking the beach are caves where fishermen once stored their boats and nets.
Old jetty Port Willunga from solivant7
Another memorable event which happened at Port Willunga is the shipwreck of the Star of Greece, on Friday 13th July 1888, the three masted iron ship loaded with wheat bound for London, caught in a massive storm seventeen crew members drowned, nearby in the cemetery a obelisk commemorates one of state's worst maritime tragedies. Still seen today is the remains of the Star of Greece.
1906 a New Year's picnic crowd on Port Willunga Jetty being met by a pleasure craft,
to take them for a trip around the gulf.
1908 picnic crowd on Port Willunga Jetty
The spar from the Star of Greece is now on display at Aldinga Librar
The ship was wrecked on Friday 13th July 1888 near Port Willunga.
Of the twenty eight men on board only eleven survived the tragic day.
The remains of the once beautifully decorated three-masted Star of Greece lie to
the north of the jetty. The spar, on loan from the National Trust, has been restored
and now hangs over the entrance to the Community Room at the Library.
More information regarding the shipwreck is available in the Aldinga Library Local Studies area.
The staff will be happy to help you.