Edithburgh is located on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula and is approximately 80 km due west of Adelaide across Gulf St. Vincent. However, to reach the town by road, it is necessary to drive around the top of Gulf St. Vincent. Which is approximately 228 km via the Princes Highway.
The town was originally surveyed in 1869. Named after Lady Edith Fergusson, the wife of Sir James Fergusson, the South Australian Governor from 1868-1873. The two main streets were named Edith and Blanche after the couple’s daughters.
By the early 1900s the town reached a size of just over 1000 people and was one of South Australia’s most important port towns. The jetty was used for loading the region’s barley, wheat and gypsum, as well as salt collected from salt lakes in the district
Although now primarily a relaxed holiday destination, Edithburgh was once the third busiest port in South Australia (after Adelaide and Wallaroo).