Yorke Peninsula South Australia

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Explore South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula in 7 DaysInnes National Park South Australia

One of the best ways to experience South Australia is to [do action=”bold-blue”]spend a week touring the Yorke Peninsula[/do]. Just 2½ hours from Adelaide, this small but diverse region has an amazing array of natural attractions, unusual features and some experiences that you won’t get anywhere else in the world.

[do action=”bold-blue”]Why not follow me on a 7 day self-drive tour and I’ll show you what I mean[/do]. It’s easy to choose somewhere to stay from the range of campgrounds, caravan parks, motels, historic cottages, holiday shacks, houses and bed & breakfast accommodation available on the Yorke Peninsula. Choose a new place each day, or base yourself centrally for day trips to each of the areas.

Innes National Park Yorke Peninsula

Day 1 – East Coast towns

[do action=”bold-blue”]Drive north from Adelaide along the Port Wakefield road[/do], which passes through plains and farmland before reaching the small town of Port Wakefield on the Wakefield River. Alternatively, experience more of rural South Australia and drive to Port Wakefield via Gawler and the small town of Balaklava. Detour into some of the small towns along the St Vincent Highway for interesting local features like Port Clinton’s tidal flats and amazing red cliffs; Ardrossan’s bakery and fishing jetty; Port Vincent’s beach and cliff top lookout and Stansbury’s Visitor Information Centre and excellent seasonal seaside markets. Cliff top lookouts and walks in several of the towns showcase the fantastic coastal scenery. End the day by exploring Edithburgh and its unusual golf course, tidal swimming pool, Wattle Point wind farm, the historic lime kiln at nearby Wool Bay, and bird hide at nearby Coobowie inlet. Several kilometres of walking trails link Sultana Point, Edithburgh and Coobowie.

[do action=”bold-blue”]EXTRA[/do]Add another day (or two!) to visit Troubridge Island and its landmark lighthouse, 6 km offshore. Take a day trip  or stay in the lighthouse-keeper’s cottage and explore the island, a nesting spot for penguins and sea birds.

Port Clinton Cliffs Yorke Peninsula

Day 2 – History … and the RED Devil

Spend the day exploring the fascinating Yorke Peninsula history via its museums. Head inland to Yorketown, then north to Minlaton, home of the Red Devil – a World War 1 monoplane believed to be the only original of its kind in the world. There’s more information about its owner and WW1 fighter pilot ace Captain Harry Butler in the Minlaton museum. Brentwood cemetery, not far from Minlaton, is a reminder of the difficulties of pioneer life, as well as being a beautiful wildflower spot in spring. Ask for directions at Harvest Corner, Minlaton’s excellent Visitor Information Centre. Bublacowie Military Museum and Memorial conducts guided tours and while its focus is on military history, other exhibits feature school, farming and community heritage. Return to Edithburgh and its excellent historical museum with details of the wrecks of the Clan Ranald (victims are buried in the local cemetery) and the Marion.

[do action=”bold-blue”]EXTRA[/do] Visit several other museums including the Ardrossan museum showcasing local invention the ‘stump jump’ plough; the Maitland Museum depicting the area’s mining heritage; and the Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum. Please note that not all museums are open every day. Check opening days and times in advance.

Brentwood Cemetery Yorke PeninsulaDay 3 – South Coast

Take the coastal drive from Edithburgh past Troubridge Hill and its unusual lighthouse for magnificent scenery, wildflowers and the opportunity (in season) to see whales, dolphins and seals from the crumbling limestone cliffs. Explore the beaches, or drive to nearby Port Moorowie for an excellent walk along its beaches and cliffs. The scenic gravel road skirting the wild southern edge of the lower peninsula to Marion Bay has a number of small settlements and magnificent lookouts, but limited facilities. Alternatively, drive to Marion Bay via Warooka.

Troubridge Point Coastline

Day 4 – Innes National Park

At the south-western extremity of the Yorke peninsula, [do action=”bold-blue”]Innes National Park is one of Australia’s most picturesque[/do]. The unbeatable combination of rugged coastal scenery, wildflowers, remote lighthouses, deserted beaches, excellent walks, shipwreck sites, wildlife and historic artefacts including the entire town of Inneston mean it’s a tour highlight. Exploring the park’s magnificent natural attractions will take longer than you think! Especially if you factor in swimming, fishing and relaxation time … The western edge of the tip of the peninsula, north of Innes National Park is a spectacular array of wild, remote and mostly deserted beaches. Popular with surfers, the lookouts high above the beaches show off their extraordinary beauty.
[do action=”bold-blue”]EXTRA[/do] Accommodation is available at Marion Bay, or right in the park itself at either Inneston or one of the campgrounds. Stay another day to hike some of the longer walking trails and explore the western section of the peninsula.

Emu and chicks at Innes National Park

Day 5 – Maritime History

Take the longer coast road via Corny Point for the western tip of the peninsula, or travel via Warooka for the trip north to Port Victoria via Minlaton. Detours to several coastal settlements show the west side’s differences from the more populated east side. Highlights include the Point Turton jetty, Flahertys Beach, the historic davits at Parsons Beach; and the Port Rickaby dunes and coastal walking trail. Discover Port Victoria’s intriguing maritime history as last of the windjammer ports in the Maritime Museum, then take a walk back through time along the Geological trail.

Sunset at Wattle Point Wind Farm

Day 6 – Copper Coast

The northern Yorke Peninsula’s heritage is focussed on the copper mining industry centred in Moonta and Wallaroo. Heritage trails, museums and historic walks complement the superb natural attractions of this scenic region. Traditions brought by the miners from their home in Cornwall are still celebrated each May at the Kernewek Lowender Festival.

Edithburgh Museum Yorke Peninsula

Day 7 –  Return to Adelaide

Continue exploring the Copper Coast area, before the 2½ hour return trip to Adelaide. There’s no way you will have seen everything there is to see on the Yorke Peninsula, so you KNOW you’ll be back! Don’t you?!

Fishing at Daly Head

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Red Nomad OZ on the Yorke Peninsula

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