Places of Interest
Cowell is situated on Franklin Harbour approximately halfway between Port Augusta and Port Lincoln. It is an ideal place for visitors to break a long journey or to take a holiday and enjoy the pleasant climate and relaxed life style.
The sheltered waters of the harbour offer the fishermen spotted and silver whiting, snapper, squid, mullet, flathead, garfish, snook tommy ruff and blue crabs.
Foreshore developments have included deepening of the boating channel and construction of a boardwalk from which you can observe at close quarters the many types of marine and bird life which inhabit this area. Provision of a sheltered BBQ area, including an adventure playground, make it an ideal picnic area. An enclosed tidal aquatic area adjacent to the jetty and boat launching ramp provides unrestricted access to sea water swimming. Shaded, coin operated BBQs are situated at the foreshore adjacent to the lawn area and playground. Public Toilets with access for
For those who wish to spend their holidays on sandy beaches, swimming, fishing and relaxing, there are several excellent sites not far from Cowell.
A thriving oyster industry has been established in Franklin Harbour, with a number of farms now in commercial production of these delicacies. The clean, sheltered water of the Harbour provides an excellent environment for aquaculture, and the Pacific Oysters grown locally are recognised as among the best quality available anywhere. Fresh, locally grown oysters are available all year around, from a number of retail outlets in the town or from the oyster growers themselves, who can be found along Oyster Drive.
Cowell Area School offers an accreditation course in aquaculture and has its own research and development oyster lease. Whiting, Snapper, Trout, Marron and Yabbies are grown out in tanks and make an interesting attraction.
Franklin Harbour Historical Museum - situated in the old Post Office residence, Main Street, Cowell - circa 1888. A comprehensive display of photos, documents, books, household and agricultural items, local geological specimens, local shells, aboriginal artefacts can be seen, 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).
Ruston Proctor Steam Tractor Museum situated on the Lincoln Highway displays old farm machinery.
During 1965 Nephrite Jade was found in the Minbrie Ranges by a local farmer, Harry Schiller. It was the extreme toughness which first attracted Harry Schiller's attention. It is this important physical property of jade which has allowed carvers through the centuries to produce such intricate carvings in jade.
Local Craft Shop
Main Street , Cowell
Mt Millar Wind Farm
The Mt Millar Wind Farm comprises 35 Wind Turbines. It currently produces 70 megawatts, providing enough energy to meet the needs of about 36,000 typical households. The wind turbine has a blade dimension of 71 metres, atop an 85 metre high tower - a combined height of more than 120 metres.
Construction commenced in October 2004 with the pouring of concrete for the first wind turbine in March 2005. Physical construction was completed in December 2005, and the first electricity was generated from the site on 28th February 2006. The Mt Millar wind farm was commissioned in December 2006, at a total project cost $138 million.
May Gibb Memorial - Approximately 10 kms from Cowell on the Cleve Road. A memorial and plaque marks the nearby location of the first Australian home of renowned children's author May Gibbs. The early part of her childhood in this area would have been important in the later development of her famous "Gumnut Babies" characters for her many books.
Scenic drives from Cowell include a tour of the beautiful beaches, sandhills and coastal scenery south of Cowell to Port Gibbon, and thence inland to the agricultural district of Carpa. See Map
Yabmana - Site of the first district Post Office and Police Station