An epic coastline
Just over an hour's drive from Adelaide, the Yorke Peninsula has a wealth of experiences waiting for you.
With its distinctive “boot” shape, the Yorke Peninsula boasts more than 700 kilometres (435 miles) of coastline. It's easy to find the perfect beach to get away from the rat race. You might even find a well kept secret fishing spot.
With the waters of Gulf St Vincent on the east and Spencer Gulf on the west, fresh seafood is everywhere you turn! Dine on blue swimmer crabs, crayfish or scallops plucked fresh from the sea. Head to a jetty to try your luck at catching your own.
A shipwreck coast
The ocean provides great fun and history. At the turn of the twentieth century, 26 ships sank along the treacherous coast. Learn about the boats and crews at the local museums or dive at sunken vessels.
It's not all about the water though. The Yorke Peninsula also features historic towns and landmarks. Known in some circles as the "barley capital of the world", the region's rich limestone soil makes it some of the best farmland in Australia.
From the Hummock Ranges in the east, across to Port Broughton in the north, Yorke Peninsula is the traditional home of the Adjahdura people. You can still find artefacts in various townships, including Tiddy Widdy Beach, Moonta Bay, Point Pearce and Point Yorke. Take an Aboriginal cultural tour if you would like to know more about the area's indigenous inhabitants.
Yorke Peninsula is full of surprises. Captain "Harry" Butler's Red Devil Bristol monoplane rests in a display hangar in Minlaton. It is believed to be the only one of its kind left in the world.
Camping in the wilderness
The region's national parks give you a chance to take in the picture postcard beauty of the region. There are native plants and animals in abundance. There are campsites dotted around the region, as well as in the national parks. Some campsites have showers and toilets. Others have limited amenities and are more suited to nature lovers, who want to spend some time in the thick of it.
You can spend your nights in a self-service unit, caravan park or out camping. You might decide to relax in a decadent manor. You'll find something for every budget and holiday plan.
To find out more, there are two accredited Visitor Information Centres on the Yorke Peninsula. These centres are open seven days a week and will provide you with any information you might need for your travels. They sell goodies to take home too!
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Things to do
Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area
There are plenty of events on in the Yorke Peninsula.