The Yorke Peninsula, located on Adelaide’s doorstep, offers visitors around 700km of sensational coastal scenery, unpopulated beaches, excellent fishing, unique camping spots and some fascinating history.
You can be as adventurous or relaxed as you like, whether you stay for a couple of days or a few weeks. Cook freshly-caught fish, rake the shallows for blue swimmer crabs, rent your own island, surf amazing breaks, swim with the friendly locals, or get wet at the Splash Town Water Park. And if you are interested in Australian history, there’s plenty to learn about along the way.
Evidence of the rich mining heritage is everywhere and the many museums offer a more detailed insight into the region’s past. You’ll also learn about the multitude of ships that sank along the treacherous coast at the turn of the 20th century and you can experience hands-on history at three lighthouses — Althorpe Island Lighthouse and Cape Spencer Lighthouse at Stenhouse Bay; and Corny Point Lighthouse at Corny Point.
Nature also has plenty to offer. Apart from the beaches, there are national parks where you can go bushwalking, camping, birdwatching and bump into the occasional kangaroo or emu. The spectacular Innes National Park is popular year round. With its ever-changing seasons, there is always something different and exciting to see, from wildlife roaming the park to wildflowers bursting with colour.
At Wallaroo, check out the fascinating old buildings, houses, churches and the ruins of the once famous copper smelters. At the Bublacowie Museum you’ll find medals, uniforms and memorabilia, as well as the personal photographs and items of local servicemen and women who served their country in major conflicts.
Step back in time on the walking trails in the historic towns of Moonta and Kadina. Experience the region’s unique history and culture, from the early days of mining to the amazing maritime history of windjammers and shipwrecks, displayed in the dozen museums located in towns across the peninsula.
Regular craft and produce markets happen throughout the region. Some are held monthly, others at specific times of the year.
The insider’s tip is to allow plenty of time when you visit, as you’ll find the hours easily slip by as you become distracted in some unlikely places, while your mind and body relax in the fresh sea air of the peninsular.