If you're looking for a family playground with sun, sea, and sand, its hard to go past Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Located on Adelaide's doorstep, Yorke Peninsula offers breathtaking scenery, secluded beaches, picturesque townships, outdoor adventure and loads of barefoot fun.
Central and Southern Yorke Peninsula is one of South Australia’s hidden treasures. We proudly welcome every one of you to our special part of the world.
Today, more than two centuries after Flinders first charted its shoreline, Yorke Peninsula is well established as a fishing Mecca.
Visitor Information Centres
Copper Coast Visitor Guide 2017 - info
Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre Kadina - info
Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information Centre Minlaton - info
Southern Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information - info
Ardrossan Visitor Information Outlet - info
Maitland Information Centre - info
The Moonta Tourist Office - info
Farm Shed Museum & Tourism Centre - info
The Port Broughton Visitor Outlet - info
Port Victoria Kiosk and Post Office - info
Port Vincent Visitor Information Office - info
The Wallaroo Information Outlet - info
Coobowie TnT Dina Bite - info
Corny Point Caravan Park - info
Yorketown S.Y.P community Telecentre - info
Yorke Peninsula is only a 90 minute drive from Adelaide and yet offers a fantastic combination of Mediterranean climate, white sandy beaches, a spectacular national park and a fascinating cultural heritage.
If you love seafood, stroll through the shallows raking for Blue Swimmer crabs, dive for crayfish and scallops just offshore, or cast a line for King George whiting.
Whether you are looking for a lazy beach shack holiday, luxury apartment, holiday house, caravan park, farm stay, camping or glamping – you’ll find it all on Yorke Peninsula, South Australia’s most serene and accessible holiday destination.
Yorke Peninsula has a spectacular and interesting history waiting to be explored. Download or pick up a Coastal Way map from www.yorkepeninsula.com.au or visitor information centres around South Australia and follow the Coastal Way road trip signs to discover Yorke Peninsula’s key experiences.
The road trip starts from Port Wakefield down to Ardrossan through Stansbury to Innes National Park, up to Moonta, Kadina and Wallaroo finishing at Port Broughton. Allow at least four to five days to really experience everything Yorke Peninsula has to offer.
For more information, head toyorkepeninsula.com.au/coastal-way-road-trip
Getting to Yorke Peninsula
Whether you are bringing your own vehicle or hiring one, driving through Yorke Peninsula is a wonderful experience. Follow National Highway One from Adelaide – your journey along the peninsula begins north of Port Wakefield. Towns and attractions are close to one another, so travel at your own pace and stop to take in the sights! Petrol stations are present in most towns. Just remember most close around 5pm or 6pm.
Yorke Peninsula Coaches operate regular services from Adelaide Central Bus Station on Franklin Street to various towns throughout Yorke Peninsula. There is a separate inter-town bus route connecting towns in the southern part of the region, but in general there are limited bus services between major towns on the peninsula.
There is no better way to enjoy Yorke Peninsula’s diverse landscapes than by bike. The Walk the Yorke leisure trail offers shared cycling/walking trails around the coastline, and the new sealed Rail Trail connects the towns of Kadina and Wallaroo following the old railway line. There are shelters and interpretive signs along both the Walk the Yorke and Rail Trails. The Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre offers free bike hire to visitors and many caravan parks offer bike hire to their patron
Central and Southern Yorke Peninsula is one of South Australia’s hidden treasures. Stretching from Innes National Park on the ‘toe’ to the farming land north of Maitland, the spectacular coastal landscapes and vibrant towns provide a fantastic lifestyle for its 8000 residents as well as the thousands of visitors that flock to our area each year.
A convenient short drive from Adelaide, means a day trip of sight-seeing to the areais easily possible, topped off by a visit to one of our great eating spots. You will quickly realise that a day isn’t really long enough to fully appreciate all we have to offer however, and we recommend an extended stay to really get into the Peninsula groove.
Our Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, dry summers means the ‘great outdoors’ is easy to enjoy.
If you’re bringing the family, check out oneof the many uniquely local events, including regular markets in many locations. Take anunhurried stroll along deserted beaches,many fringed by untouched bushland. Keen fisherman know there’s a huge variety of fish just begging to be caught from boat, beach or one of our many historical jetties.
If you are one of our increasing numbers of “grey nomad” visitors, check out the many free (or at least inexpensive) places to park the van, get out the deck chair and relax. Information on camping areas can be found at local tourist outlets. Dump points also abound, contact local council offices for locations.
We proudly welcome every one of youto our special part of the world. With a heritage rich in primary production, and surrounded by a spectacular coastline varying from safe shallow pools to pounding surf breaks, it’s no wonder the area attracts so many visitors.
Local towns provide needed facilities and a uniquely local shopping experience. There’s many community events on the calendar (check out the Annual Events listing). What better chance to mix with the locals before kicking back at one of the many quality local eateries?
We’re proud to say this Guide is truly local; now in its 25th year of production, written and produced by volunteer members of the Central and Southern Yorke Peninsula Tourism Promotions Inc - those who know the Peninsula best. We aim to provide an indispensable local guide to attractions, events and services in our region’s many small towns. Don’t go anywhere without it or you just may miss something fantastic!
If you’re into travelling the web as well, you can’t go past www.visityorkepeninsula.com. au or www.yorkepeninsula.com.au. These sites are well worth a visit, full of resources for planning your trip.
We hope you find our “Local” Guide equally as useful to help you relax and enjoy our “little part of the world”.
Enjoy your stay and come back soon!
In late March of 1802 Flinders took his sloop, the Ivestigator, high into western Gulf St. Vincent and went ashore in a long boat. It is well known that Flinders and his naturalist companion, Robert Brown, were fascinated by marine life and I can’t imagine either leaving the area without wetting a line, as they had around Kangaroo Island a week or so earlier. Little did Flinders know, of course, that the peninsula he had named after the Right Honourable Charles Philip Yorke would go on to become one of South Australia’s truly iconic angling locations.
Today, more than two centuries after Flinders first charted its shoreline, Yorke Peninsula is well established as a fishing mecca. Not only does it attract thousands of visiting anglers from South Australia each year, but also from all parts of the country and overseas.
The very nature of the Peninsula’s coastal geography plays a major role in its popularity.
It is dominated by mangroves, sand flats and tidal creeks to the north, deeper water and jetties along both mid-coast shorelines, and a blend of rock ledges and surf beaches to the south – something to suit most angling tastes and aspirations. And then, of course, there is superb offshore and small boat fishing from Port Wakefield all the way around to Port Broughton.
Yorke Peninsula is far enough away from the angling masses of our capital city, yet close enough to be within a comfortable drive for a day or weekend stay, and produces a diverse range of popular recreational fish species. Plump tommy ruffs, garfish (gar), squid and blue swimmer crabs (blueys) make up the bulk of the jetty catch, while boaties can expect anything from jumbo snapper to King George whiting and practically everything in between. Throw in big, black-back salmon and the occasional mulloway from bottom-end beaches and it is easy to appreciate why Yorke Peninsula appeals to such a broad cross section of recreational anglers.
As is the case right around the South Australian coast, seasons and associated weather fluctuations play a significant role in what the Peninsula has to offer the visiting angler. In summer, when south-easterly winds dominate, it’s the beaches and jetties of the western shoreline that offer protected fishing. The reverse applies in winter months and during autumn, when the winds are lightest and most predictable, it’s simply a matter of selecting the type of fish you’re after and going for it.
All up, Yorke Peninsula has 15 jetties open to recreational anglers. Some run into quite deep water, while a couple are close to dry around low tide, but they all produce good fishing at one time or another. These piers are the life blood of many coastal towns and are safe for anglers of all ages and well maintained by local councils. The same applies to boat launching facilities; it’s no longer a problem to find a modern, all-tide ramp near a productive fishing area. Some have fish cleaning and wash down facilities and most have dual lanes, floating boarding pontoons and spacious, secure car parks.
It’s safe to say Yorke Peninsula is one of Australia’s most appealing, accessible and affordable venues for an angling-based holiday. Whether you are a dyed-in-the-wool offshore fishing fanatic or simply like to drop a bait from the jetty, there are few locations nationwide that can offer as much in such a compact package.
Camping is a great way to experience the great Aussie bush and see native wildlife. In fact, on Yorke Peninsula, it's one of the best ways to appreciate the spectacular ocean views, listen to the peaceful sounds of the waves rolling in, gaze at the stars while toasting marshmallows over your camp fire, spot unique wildlife and enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities from bushwalking to adventure sports.
Many of the sites designated for bush camping throughout the Yorke Peninsula Council area are situated at some of the most beautiful scenic coastal areas. Access is usually via a gravel road, accessible by conventional vehicles with care. Campsites are found in secluded bush and mallee areas overlooking the ocean. Nearly all have a sandy beach within walking distance of your camp.
Yorke Peninsula Council's Walk The Yorke Trail
Meander through samphire flats and mangroves; wander through native vegetation, a haven for bird lovers; spot dolphins having fun playing in the water. The trail includes views from rugged cliffs, strolls along pristine beaches and through secluded coves, windswept sand dunes, and historic lighthouses. It even gives a peek into some of Australia's most productive farming land.
Today, the Trail is virtually complete, with infrastructure including trail markers, bollards, and bench seats. Shelters have rainwater tanks attached, and picnic settings are placed in picturesque spots. Interpretive signs have been installed at various locations along the Trail, telling the stories of the local area. A number of Progress Associations and school students have been involved in the design of these signs. The Narungga people have also shared some of their Dreaming stories, providing a fascinating insight into their culture.
Agriculture has always been the beating heart of the Yorke Peninsula community, and farmers are now looking to add value to their businesses by creating post farm gate produce.
With so many picturesque spots to choose from, Yorke Peninsula is also a great place to pack up a picnic rug, sit back and relax. Gather up a selection of gourmet goodies from the local outlets in one of the towns and find a peaceful spot, maybe overlooking a glorious white sandy beach.
There is a range of local food which has been grown, farmed and produced in the region. From free range chicken, stress-free lamb, sea-salt, to self-labelled jams, chutneys and olive oils, the products tell a unique and different story of their origins.