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Storm Boy in Alexandrina

About Storm Boy and Alexandrina

The original Storm Boy film was released in 1976 and based on a children's book, written by Australian Author Colin Thiele, about a boy and his pelican. The book concentrates on the boy's relationship with his father, the pelican and an Aboriginal man called Fingerbone Bill and is based right here in the Alexandrina region.

In 2017, a re-make of Storm Boy was created in various locations around the Fleurieu Peninsula and Alexandrina District including Goolwa, The Coorong and Port Elliot. The film, starring Geoffrey Rush, Trevor Jamieson and Jai Courtney was released on 17 January 2019.

Download the Discovery Trail - Take a step back in time and visit locations from the original Storm Boy film.

Towns in the Alexandrina region including Goolwa and Port Elliot feature in the film, along with the Coorong National Park and 90 Mile Beach on the Sir Richard Peninsula.

The Alexandrina region is uniquely positioned in the picturesque Southern Fleurieu Peninsula at the end of the River Murray and as a gateway to the iconic Coorong. It is within an easy drive from metropolitan Adelaide – about an hour and a quarter or 85 kms south from Adelaide Airport.

It extends from the north-western side of Lake Alexandrina to the Murray Mouth and the western end of the Coorong - taking in river communities of Langhorne Creek, Milang, Clayton Bay, Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island. It extends along the south coast to Port Elliot and inland to Mount Compass and Strathalbyn.

The Alexandrina vision is about ‘connecting communities’ through regional innovation, a thriving environment, quality of life and wellbeing for all, increasing cultural vitality and activating vibrant spaces.

The Alexandrina community encompasses many townships, villages and rural areas, with two major hubs of Strathalbyn to the north-east (edge of the Adelaide Hills) and Goolwa (to the south at the end of the River Murray). The area is renowned for its environment, heritage and lifestyle.

Our population also extends to the south alongside stunning coastline, acting as an annual nursery for Southern-Right Whales and a popular holiday and visitor destination. To the north, the population disperses throughout rolling hills and pastures, as a mix of rural living and large broadacre farming and vineyards.

Useful links:

Alexandrina Council's Tourism website

South Australian Tourism Commission Storm Boy - Inspired Itinerary

Storm Boy Trailer