Cleve - Arno Bay 26km.
Home of the mighty Kingfish! Surrounded by a sea of 'samphire' and vegetation, Arno Bay is a popular seaside resort ideally situated midway between Port Lincoln and Whyalla. Alluring beach, jetty, foreshore and creek areas, combined with the mild climate and peaceful atmosphere contribute to a most relaxing holiday. Centrally located only 1-2 hours drive from all attractions on eastern Eyre Peninsula.
Arno Bay began as a shipping port servicing the local farming districts, when superphosphate was brought in and cereal crops were sent out. The jetty, an old beacon, historical monuments and the original 'super' shed still stand as a reminder of this era. The town was proclaimed in 1883 under the name of
Bligh, but renamed in 1940.
Arno Bay offers a beachfront caravan park,
playground, hotel, general stores, post office
and motor garage/fuel outlet. An all-weather
boat ramp, with floating pontoon and a
refurbished town jetty provides for the boat
and shore based anglers. Sporting venues
include a winter golf course, bowling green,
oval, tennis, netball and squash courts, dirt
circuit and in summer yacht racing proves
popular being held each Sunday.
Arno Bay Welcome Wall
- At the entrance to Arno Bay featuring a life-size cement dolphin, a walkway allows a photographic opportunity. Atop the wall are jetty planks from the old Arno jetty, mooring lines and red rose bushes have been planted. A Centenary of Federation project.
Turnbull Park/Jetty Reserve - An attractive parkland with lawns, trees, BBQ area with picnic tables, a playground, public
toilets/change-rooms and shelter sheds.
Centenary Park - Lawned picnic area with seating, gardens, walkways and carpark at the foreshore.
Viewing Platform - Located near the boat ramp car park it overlooks the beach, coastline, boat ramp and township.
The Mangrove Boardwalk is 700metres in length and is designed to
showcase the diverse and pristine beauty of Arno Bay Estuary.
The Boardwalk winds through dense mangroves, mudflats samphire
with grass habitats, over small tributaries along side the main
estuary waterway. It's an ideal spot for swimming fishing,
picnic or even just exploring.
Winner of "Outstanding Environmental Tourism Project" award TEP
Winner of "Scientific &
Environmental Award 2005"
Redbanks - This unique one time geological area is 6kms north of Arno Bay. Redbanks provides a landscape/seascape picturesque beach to rugged "red" cliffs. A great place for exploring and fishing.
Nilka's Simply Rustic Gallery - Not far from Wharminda Soaks. Art, local pottery, crafts and Devonshire tea.
New Years Day Event - Held each year, activities for all ages. All welcome.
Arno Bay caters for all forms of angling - boaters, jetty, creek,
beaches, reefs and boat ramp.
CleanSeas Aquaculture - 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.
The Creek - Estuary - A sheltered and excellent spot - from the carpark to the creek mouth - for a picnic, a spot of fishing, some swimming or even just exploring. Further improvements and proposed mangrove boardwalk are planned for this unique area.
Arno Bay - Wharminda Tourist Drive - self drive "mud map" available at the Council Office or visitor
information outlets, approx 125kms, taking in fantastic panoramic views of agricultural landscapes.