Southern Yorke Peninsula, SA: Destination Guide

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With a coastline this spectacular, it’s no wonder the southern end of the Yorke Peninsula is one of SA’s most beloved holiday destinations.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do on the Southern Yorke Peninsula, or find and book accommodation on the Southern Yorke Peninsula today.

About the Southern Yorke Peninsula

South Australia certainly isn’t short of stunning beaches, but the Southern Yorke Peninsula must really take the cake when it comes to impressive coastlines. The world-class beaches aren’t the only drawcard of the area though, which is rich in more than just natural beauty. Prepare to fall in love with the many welcoming coastal towns and historic mining villages, and make sure to head inland and discover the national parks and thriving agricultural land. The southern end of the Yorke Peninsula is a playground for both adults and kids, and don’t be surprised if no one in the family wants to leave in a hurry.

Things to do on the Southern Yorke Peninsula

You’ll need to allow yourself plenty of time when visiting the Southern Yorke Peninsula, as there are endless ways to keep the whole family entertained. As one of the premier fishing spots in SA, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to drop a line. Head out in a boat, find a good spot on one of the many jetties that dot the coastline, or take to the shallows and try to catch a blue swimmer crab. The coastline is also playground for surfers, windsurfers and divers, while the trails that snake along the shore are first-class.

There’s a rich and spiritual history to the Southern Yorke Peninsula, with the area home to the Narungga people long before European settlers arrived. Ancient aboriginal sites with rock engravings can still be found, and many of the local museums have further information on the local Aboriginal culture. There are also plenty of reminders of the important maritime and mining history along the Southern Yorke Peninsula, with the many shipwrecks, lighthouses, museums and mines all worth paying a visit to.

Attractions

Walk the Yorke

The Yorke Peninsula Council has a ‘Walk the Yorke’ initiative underway, which links many of the towns and coastal trails to create a 500km trail for your walking delight. It roves along cliff tops, dunes, beaches and rock platforms. The trail is marked with the occasional bench seat to rest up and take in the views. Popular walks include the Coobowie to Edithburgh, which passes the Coobowie estuary, home to both Australian and migratory birds; and the Gym Beach to Formby Bay, a day long walk that goes past some fantastic surf breaks and secluded beaches.

Investigator Strait Shipwreck Trail

If you prefer to do your exploring underwater then the Investigator Strait Shipwreck Trail should be on your must-do list. Some 26 vessels were wrecked in these waters between 1849 and 1982, with the loss of more than 70 lives. However, there is a series of land-based interpretive signs for those wishing to keep dry. These overlook the wreck sites and provide a glimpse into the circumstances of these misadventures, further enriching what is already very beautiful and interesting coastal touring.

Innes National Park

Make sure you leave time to visit Innes NP, which is jam-packed with a variety of activities to enjoy. If you haven’t already paid online, start at the visitors centre to pay your fee, after which you’re free to explore. The 9,415 hectares of coastal vegetation is perfect for bushwalking (most of the tracks are easy to moderate trails), while the coastline is a paradise for swimmers, surfers and anyone who loves to fish. The campsites are pretty basic, with Stenhouse Bay and Pondlowie best for caravans, but being so close to the beach more than makes up for it.

Weather

With a balmy Mediterranean climate, the Yorke Peninsula is the ideal destination for enjoying the sun and sea. Cool sea breezes keep the heat from becoming too much in summer, with daily temperatures sitting around the 30° mark. It’s also lovely in spring and autumn, as the region generally experiences sunny days with mild to cool breezes. Brace for cool weather and maximum temperatures of 16° if you visit during winter though!

Getting to the Southern Yorke Peninsula

Yorke Peninsula is the first ‘boot’ of land west of Adelaide.

By car

From Adelaide, the 230km drive to the south of the Yorke Peninsula takes a cruisy 3 hours. The best route is north via Port Wakefield on the National Highway, then south at Point Turton.

Where to stay on the Yorke Peninsula

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