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Cowell - Cities, Towns and Localities
The small harbourside township of Cowell is located on the Franklin Harbour on the eastern side of the Eyre Peninsula, almost midway between Port Augusta and Port Lincoln.

Being a land-locked bay with a narrow entrance, Franklin Harbour is one of the safest and best fishing areas in South Australia,  providing boats access to the calm waters of the harbour.

Cowell has Australia’s only commercial jade mine, producing both green and the very rare black jade. It is also famous for its oysters, and is part of the regions seafood and aquaculture trail.

Check out our Cowell accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Visitor Information Centres
The Cowell Bakery
25 Main Street
Ph: +61 8 8629 2034

(Contact bakery for opening times)

Whyalla Tourist Centre


MSN Map of Cowell, South Australia

Cowell Attractions

Cowell Foreshore
• The foreshore have been developed to include the deepening of the boating channel and a boardwalk that allows close quarter observation of the many types of marine and bird life which inhabit this area. There is a picnic area that includes a sheltered coin-operated BBQ and an adventure playground. There is an enclosed tidal aquatic area adjacent to the jetty and boat launching ramp providing unrestricted access to enjoy swimming in the ocean. Public toilets with access for disabled persons are provided.
Cowell Oysters
• The Franklin Harbour has a thriving oyster industry with a number of farms now in commercial production. The fresh, locally grown oysters are usually available all year round, just visit some of the retail outlets in the town or the oyster growers themselves, who can be found along Oyster Drive.
Franklin Harbour Historical Museum
• Old Post Office Residence, Main St, COWELL SA
• The museum houses comprehensive display of photos, documents, books, household and agricultural items, local geological specimens, local shells, aboriginal artefacts, telling the history and development of the Franklin Harbour Area. Three rooms - a kitchen, living room and bedroom, have been arranged in the period of the late 1800s. The Trust is opened via arrangements made at the Council Office (building next door).

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Cowell Tours

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Snapper Fishing Charters • Cowell Fishing Adventures
• Mobile: 0447 811 779 (evenings preferred) • Email
• Snapper and Whiting Fishing Charters Cowell and Arno Bay.
Eyre Peninsula Boat Hire
• COWELL SA 5602 • Mobile: 0428 158 282 • Email
• Provide quality boat hire service. All users are briefed prior to any hire about the operation of the boat, location and use of the safety equipment and navigation in Franklin Harbour. Our fishing boats come with fish finders/depth sounders, canopies, 27mhz marine radios and a comprehensive folder on fish regulations, emergency contacts and prime fishing spots within the harbour and other locations on Eyre Peninsula by negotiation.
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Cowell Distance

Distance to Cowell
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Cowell:
• Adelaide 487
• Coffin Bay 203
• Elliston 207
• Kimba 89
• Port Augusta 181
• Port Lincoln 161
• Tumby Bay 114
• Whyalla 107
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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