Located in South Australia, Yorke Peninsula is famous for its splendid and expansive coastline. It’s the ideal destination for quick weekend getaways, situated just an hour’s drive from Adelaide. The wonderful thing about road trips is you can see as little or as much as you like of any region. Here are some of our highlights from each part of Yorke Peninsula. Happy exploring!
North Yorke Peninsula highlights
Travel north-west from Port Wakefield to meander across the top of the Yorke Peninsula. Take a break in scenic Bute before driving across to the coastal town of Port Broughton. Here, you can stroll along the esplanade and relax under the shade of Norfolk Island pine trees.
South Yorke Peninsula highlights
Alternatively, travel south and discover the Copper Coast. This area is famous for its incredible beaches, rich history and fertile farmlands. Towns worth checking out on the Copper Coast include Wallaroo, Port Hughes and Moonta Bay.
East Yorke Peninsula highlights
Along the east side of the peninsula, Stansbury is a great place to start if you’re a seafood lover. A leisurely drive south along the coastline will take you through the hamlet of Wool Bay and the grain hub of Port Giles.
Experience the relaxed atmosphere of Coobowie, where you can buy fresh shellfish, harvested just offshore. Drive along to Edithburgh or go a few kilometres south to take a look at the Wattle Point Wind Farm (one of South Australia’s largest wind farms).
If exploring one section of the peninsula is not enough, why not try a top-to-toe itinerary? Over four days you’ll discover stunning beaches, friendly coastal towns, spectacular national parks and historic mining villages.
Start out from the bottom of Yorke Peninsula – the “foot”. You could make Marion Bay your starting point. Then, you can head inland to Yorketown or Warooka; these towns are perfect bases from which to explore Innes National Park, which spans more than 9,400 hectares.
Meander up the coast to Corny Point. There are many lookouts on the way, plus fantastic surfing spots. Don’t miss the world-class breaks at Daly Head. If you’re keen to cast a line, you’ll also find some ripper fishing spots in and around Corny Point.
Getting there is half the fun. As you drive through native bushland, keep an eye out for kangaroos, wallabies and emus. For a more inland adventure, try heading through the heart of barley country, from Minlaton to Port Victoria and Maitland.
Where to stay
We recommend Port Hughes Tourist Park as the perfect base for exploring the Yorke Peninsula. This holiday park is a short walk from one of the most gorgeous beaches in the region. A variety of accommodation options including powered sites and cabins are available.
There’s more to explore
This was just a taste of what the spectacular Yorke Peninsula region has to offer the intrepid traveller. The best way to discover the rest is to simply go there. Enjoy!
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