Stansbury sits on the pristine waters of Oyster Bay in Gulf St Vincent against a background of Norfolk Pines.
Located on the Yorke Peninsula, a two-and-a-half hour drive from Adelaide, it”s an ideal base to explore the region. Stansbury is centrally located for access to Innes National Park, 110 kilometres to the south and the Copper Coast 110 kilometres to the north.
The Mediterranean climate, sandy beach and calm waters of the bay are ideal for beach activities, swimming and water-skiing. The well-maintained foreshore features one of the best children”s playgrounds on the peninsula, with two colourful play stations. There are also shaded barbecue and picnic facilities along the foreshore and at the jetty reserve. Enjoy the monthly, bustling Stansbury Seaside Markets.
An all-tide two-lane boat ramp and beach and jetty fishing provide the angler with plenty of opportunity for fishing. Popular seasonal catches include King George whiting, garfish, mullet, tommies and squid. Blue Swimmer Crabs can be raked from the shallows, or netted from the jetty or boat.
Tourism, oyster farms and limestone are some of the major industries found at Stansbury. The town has many beautiful older buildings and even fence lines constructed of limestone, which are a popular attraction. Stansbury”s oyster farms which supply fresh, locally-produced oysters is another popular attraction.
The first settler in the district was Alfred Weaver, who brought 7,000 sheep with him. Weaver built a shearing shed in 1846 where Stansbury now stands. Due to the abundance of oysters found in the bay, Stansbury was originally known as Oyster Bay and had a reputation for the best oysters in South Australia. For a number of years, there were between 15 and 20 oyster dredges working the bay, until eventually it was fished out.
The name Stansbury came into being when Governor Sir Anthony Musgrave renamed it in 1873, after his friend Mr Stansbury. Find out more about the town”s history at the Stansbury Museum.