this is what it used to look like, back in the 60s......
(googled image) It's not very clear, in the foreground there are swings, the building to the right is the stage where beauty pageants were held, beautiful baby competitions and sometimes concerts too. it faces the main beach, what you see here is the back. Beyond that is the kiosk and change rooms. The kiosk was accessed from the front with stairs leading up to it and on the right were showers and change cubicles, toilets too, for the girls, on the left of the kiosk, the same set up for the boys.
You'll notice they're both up fairly high off the sand, this is because the tide would frequently come so far in the sand would be completely covered right up to the retaining wall.
Along the section between kiosk and stage, right along the retaining wall, would be rows of beach towels, sometimes as many as three rows, with teenagers sunbaking. Back in those days we were aware of sunburn and the radio station would broadcast an jingle every half hour, "time to turn, so you don't burn." It was funny to watch rows of kids all flipping over at the same time. And still burning.
I remember when I was ten or eleven, walking up and down the rows of towels, spotting empty soft drink bottles and asking the older kids if I could have them. The best kids to ask were boys about 16-17 who were trying to impress their girlfriends, they'd be most likely to hand over the empties, which were refundable at the kiosk for sixpence. I'd save the sixpences until I had enough to buy an ice cream or some chips for lunch.
Between the swings and the jetty was the best sand for the annual sandcastle competitions. I don't think they have those in Port Pirie now.
The beach is very much changed now......
From there I walked a few metres to the nearest shade structure. It has always been there, but now it is renewed and in better condition. Still without any seats though. There is an identical structure further along the beach, where the kiosk used to be. Any grass and plantings you see, were never there when I was living in the town.
They're everywhere I go.
See the railings? More about those later....
Millions of shells.
The causeway had been built between the shore and what we called the island (really a small peninsula called Germein Bay) a few years after we'd moved to Port Pirie and was just a shallow bridge of rocks. High tide would cover it easily.
From here I walked to Fisherman's jetty......
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