Yorke Peninsula is one of those places made for campers. Located just west of Adelaide, you can either take the shortcut via a ferry, or take the long way round, but either way it is definitely worth the effort to check it out. Surrounded by St Vincent Gulf to the east and Spencer Gulf to the west, seafood is a specialty in these parts. There are national parks to explore, amazing beaches, historic ruins and some stunning cliff top walks. There is also a large variety of camping and caravanning options available .
The Peninsula is dotted with numerous small towns, all within easy reach of one another. Kadina being the largest and the most populous town in the region, is one of the three Copper Triangle towns famous for their shared copper mining history. The Peninsula’s name comes from Captain Matthew Flinders, R.N., named after the Right Honourable Charles Philip Yorke.
Yorke Peninsula has been home to the Nharangga people for over 40,000 years. Making the most of the hundreds of kilometers of magnificent coastline they often feasted on the delicacies of the sea that we still enjoy today.
Things to Do and See
Almost every coastal town on Yorke Peninsula comes complete with a jetty. Built in the early days of settlement to provide access for the ships that brought the essentials of life, and took away grain, these jetties now provide a recreational paradise. A great place to catch a squid, gar or the prized King George whiting, they’re also perfect to watch the sun rise or set over the sea, providing many picturesque photographic opportunities. If you’re a keen diver, the jetties offer some wonderful diving opportunities with an amazing array of species to discover, including the elusive State Marine Emblem, the leafy sea dragon.
The Peninsular is ideal for almost any coastal activity you can think of, there are numerous long wide, white sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, fascinating rock pools and private little coves. You can learn to surf or kite surf, take a fishing charter, rake for delicious blue swimmer crabs, snorkel for scallops, explore a shipwreck or just laze in the sun.
Walk the Yorke
Linking a number of existing walking trails, the newly developed Walk the Yorke is a linear walking trail covering 500kms of spectacular coastal scenery. Take in the region’s natural beauty and get back to nature. Meander through samphire flats and mangroves; wander through native vegetation, a haven for many species of birds; 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 passes historic lighthouses.
Walk the Yorke
Yorke Peninsula is a fishing paradise! Surrounded by pristine waters, the famous King George whiting is the prized delicacy, as well as other popular catches such as snapper, garfish and of course the always delicious squid. Blue swimmer crabs, scallops, abalone and crayfish also call the waters home and can be caught for a seafood feast.
Beer from Scratch
Now a productive agricultural region renowned for its premium malt barley, you’ll find a little sip of Yorke Peninsula in almost every sip of beer. As you drive through the Peninsula, you will pass thousands of hectares of crops, from seeding in autumn to harvest in late spring. There’s also cattle and a strong wool industry, as well as alpaca studs. You can pick up more information from Yorke Peninsula Visitor Centre.
Harvest time on Yorke Peninsula
Where to Stay
There are more than 20 Caravan Parks , Campgrounds and Free camps, located around the Peninsula. So whether you like to stay right on the foreshore with glorious views of the coast, close to a jetty to catch your dinner, or inland to soak up the peace and quiet, there’s a perfect spot for everyone. We have included just a few links below, but for a full list of places to stay head on over to the FRC Directory which is free to use for our Free Members, or check out the new FRC App which is Free to access for our Premium Members who are part of the FRC Club.
Innes National Park
Innes National Park, found on the southernmost point of Yorke Peninsula, is the jewel in the crown, where you will find a mix of stunning scenery, fascinating history, as well as fabulous flora and fauna. Seven campsites are available, with something for everyone. Toilets are at all camp sites, but you’ll need to take in your own water and firewood. Camping and entry permits must be booked before you stay.
Marion Bay Caravan Park
On the west side of the peninsula with views of Kangaroo Island, a pet friendly park also close to the Innes National park.
Wauraltee Beach Campground
Located on the west coast of the Peninsula, approximately 17 kilometers south of Port Victoria. It is BYO water and firewood. There is patchy mobile reception and no facilities available. This site would be best suited to conventional vehicles but some access might require a four-wheel drive.
The Bamboos Campsite
The Bamboos campsite is an awesome spot on the North West of the peninsula just 12km north of Balgowan. There’s a varied coastline to discover here – rocky headlands, seagrass shallows, and white sand beaches. You can access the site via Balgowan.
Burners Beach campsite
Located is on the sheltered side of the peninsula’s ‘foot’. The north-facing shores catch the sun all year round and are home to some of the region’s most popular holiday settlements. Located 12 km west of Point Turton on Point Souttar Rd, there is safe swimming here, toilets and a boat ramp.
*Photo credits: Deb Allen, Ian Shaw, Walking SA and Anna Binna