Cowell is less than 500 Klm from Adelaide, 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. One of the safest and best fishing areas in South Australia, Franklin Harbour is a land-locked bay with a narrow entrance through which boats have access to the harbour's calm waters. 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. A sheltered BBQ area including an adventure playground makes it an ideal picnic area. An enclosed tidal aquatic area adjacent to the jetty and boat-launching ramp provides unrestricted access to seawater swimming. Shaded, coin operated BBQ's are situated at the foreshore adjacent to the lawn area and playground. Public Toilets with access for disabled are provided.
Those who wish to spend their holidays on sandy beaches, swimming, fishing and relaxing, there are several excellent sites not far from Cowell.
- Lucky Bay, 16kms north of Cowell, a very popular resort with a safe swimming beach for children, having a shop open daily during Christmas holidays.
- Flat Rock Beach - according to scientists, the flat rock formation is a visible remnant of the Ice Age. Good Swimming beach.
- The Knob, 13kms south of Cowell, a sheltered beach with nearby rocks and sand hills, good fishing and camping area.
- Port Gibbon, an old shipping port. Only part of the original jetty remains. Before the jetty was constructed, wheat was loaded into ketches by shutes from the cliff top. Public toilets and BBQ area, shacks along the cliff top, wide clean beach with backdrop of cliffs.
- Point Gibbon, 5kms from Port Gibbon, 20kms South of Cowell, here the scenery changes from high cliffs to white sand hills and reefs. A short walk south from the car parking area to the point may be rewarded by the sight of a small sea lion colony dozing at the water's edge.
- Poverty Beach, turn off from the Lincoln Highway North of Arno Bay, access track leads to good surfing beach.
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 provide an excellent environment for aquaculture, and the Pacific Oyster grown locally are recognised as amongst 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
The 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 makes an interesting attraction.
Cowell Jade was discovered by a local farmer Harry Schiller in 1965 on his property at Mount Ghearthy 20 km north of Cowell on Eyre Peninsula, South Australia It is the variety nephrite jade and occurs as narrow pod-shaped reddish-brown outcrops in metamorphosed marble and granite of Palaeoproterozoic age (ca. 1900-1840 million years old). These veins and pods vary in size from a few centimetres to 1-2 m wide and from less than a 1 m up to over 50 m in length.