Beaches & Fishing
Kingston is an ideal place for holiday makers and safe beaches not only offer fantastic conditions for scuba diving, fishing, windsurfing and sailing, but attract regular sightings of sealions, seals and dolphins.
The beaches in the Kingston area are some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world. They have firm white sands that allow people to drive for many kilometers along them until they find their "own" piece of paradise. Most of the actual beaches have a gentle slope into the deeper water, and have no rip etc, and are therefore extremely safe for children to play and swim with minimum supervision.
There are two jetties in the Kingston SE area. For years both jetties acted as landing and refueling facilities for the cray fishing and sharking boats that operated in the area.
In recent times there were less boats using the Kingston Jetty and the authorities responsible for the upkeep decided that it wasn't feasible to continue spending money on the Kingston one. This jetty has now been classified as being a recreational jetty and the rail tracks and refueling facilities have been removed. The local Council is now responsible for this jetty.
The Cape Jaffa jetty is still a commercial jetty and continues to be maintained by the South Australian Department of Transport.
Fishing is reasonable from either jetty with the best time being in the evenings. The Kingston jetty will produce catches of tommies, whiting, garfish, mullet, mulloway, flathead and trevalley and at the Cape catches of King George whiting, snapper, garfish, mullet, trevalley, flathead, snook, shark and mulloway.
Charter fishing boats are available and are a great way to find out where the local fishing spots are. The charters are run by local fishermen that have years of experience and local knowledge of the area. Some of the most productive grounds are some considerable distance offshore or are a long trip up the coast towards the Murray mouth.
The Kingston Visitor Information Outlet offers brochures relating to boat ramps, size and catch limits and tidal information.
Lying to the north of Kingston SE is Long Beach. It is approximately 100kms long which runs from Kingston SE to the Murray Mouth and is the southern end of The Coorong. It is known to fishermen as one of the best surf fishing destinations in Australia. In January each year the Kingston SE Lions Club host their annual Surf Fishing Competition. This surf beach provides wonderful fishing or is ideal for just lying on the sand and relaxing.
The Granites, 17kms north of Kingston, feature large rock formations on the beach. A 4WD is recommended north of the Granites.
The Kingston District Council offers two boat ramps, located at Kingston & Cape Jaffa.
Launch Permits are valid for both boat ramps.
* Daily Launch Permit Fee - $10.00 inc GST
* Annual Launch Permit Fee - $120.00 inc GST
Annual permits are available from the Council Office, 29 Holland Street, Kingston SE.
Daily permits are available at the boat ramps via the onsite ticket machines (coin or card only).
Accessibility of these facilities is subject to weather and environmental conditions. Please phone the council office on 08 8767 2033 to check if the facilities are currently open.
Conditions of use:
1. The Annual Permit is valid from the date or purchase to 30 June 2019.
2. The permit fee is calculated using the permit fee determined by the Kingston District Council.
3. The permit tag must be displayed near the winch of the registered boat trailer.
4. Permits must be provided to Council authorised officers on request.
5. Launching and Retrieving of boats is at the owner's risk.
6. Permts are non-refundable