The beautiful Yorke Peninsula is located an hour and a Half drive away from Adelaide. It is filled with white sand beaches, rock pools, lighthouses and Innes National park. It is hard to see all of “Yorkes” in just a few days or over a long weekend, so that’s why I would recommend a minimum of 10 days to really see all the best things to do on Yorke Peninsula. In this blog I have listed all the places to see so you can plan your trip.
The ‘Foot’ Of The Peninsula
Daly Head is located on the south-western coastline of Yorke Peninsula – on the ‘foot’. There is also a bush camp located here for $20 per night.
Corny Point Light house
Completed in 1882, the Corny Point light station is located on the northernmost point of the “foot” of the Yorke Peninsula. You can also walk along Horseshoe Bay along the ‘Walk The Yorke Trail’.
Point Turton is Located in Hardwicke Bay on the Southern Yorke. It is a great base for this area and is only 35 minutes from Innes National Park. We visited Magazine Bay which was located 5 minutes from Point Turton Jetty.
Was voted number 4 best beaches in Australia. It is one of the SA beaches you can drive onto, but its remote location means it’s only suitable for 4WDs. When we visited in September the recent high tides brought a lot of seaweed onto the beach.
Explore the Copper Coast
Explore the many pumps and engine house ruins, Miners Cottage gardens, the skimp piles to climb for views of the town, and a train through the Mine area. At each mine site, there are interactive signs.
Moonta Bay Jetty and Simms Cove
- Ride or walk along the coastal trail from port Hughes to Simms Cove. The trail is 3.9km one way. You can then walk along the beach over to Moonta Bay.
Port Hughes Jetty and South Beach.
-We headed to the Wallaroo Jetty and visited the Boatshed. We went on a Tuesday and got Fish ‘n’ Chips for $11, It was very delicious and we would recommend visiting.
-Ride along the Wallaroo to Kadina rail trail. The trail is 9km one way and is a flat made track over the old rail way track.
West Coast Yorke Peninsula
Is located 15 minutes out of Port Victoria. A beautiful beach with a long stretch of white sandy beach. You can also camp here for $20 per night.
-Walk the Yorke Trail
From the Jetty head towards up the hill the trail goes along the cliff through the golf course and the marina to Rifle Butts beach.
The trail also goes the other way towards the Caravan Park. Once you get to the Caravan Park head up the stairs and follow the made trail it then leads off to fine gravel for about 3km one way.
Balgowan is a small coastal town with Bright red cliffs. Take a walk along the cliff top walk the trail is fine gravel for the first 3km. Before heading to a Fwd track which is part of the ‘walk the Yorke’ trail.
East Coast Yorke Peninsula
‘Walk the Yorke‘ trail from Ardrossan Jetty to Tiddy Widdy Beach 6km return. A beautiful walk along the cliff tops to a beautiful beach. There also is another great clifftop walk in Clinton which is similar to this walk the trail goes from Clinton to Price it’s 20km return walk.
Port Vincent is a beautiful seaside town and worth visiting when in the Yorke Peninsula. Make sure you head to visit the marina when in town as there often is seals and dolphins spotted here.
Trails to explore
– Walk the Yorke trail from Port Vincent marina to Port Vincent golf club. 4km return trail.
A beautiful walk along the clifftop and head back along the lower path back to the marina. Follow walk the Yorke signs after you pass the Port Vincent Lookout.
-Ralph Munro Cliff top trail-1.6km return easy walk
At the beginning of the trail there is a set of stairs before getting to the top from there it is an easy walk with beautiful views. You can continue along the trail which connects walk the Yorke trail. This walk is 11km return from Port Vincent to Just past Deep gully. The trails ends at a beautiful Beach.
Explore the trails
-Edithburgh to Mosiac Trail the walk to Sultana Point is an easy trail and can be done as a short walk. The trail is also known as the mosaic trail which is 8.9km return walk.
-Coastal Trail to The Estuary is an easy 6km one way trail along a made trail.
Yorke town has a fair few pink lakes we visited lake fowler and the pink lake. We also went into Yorke town and visited the lake just outside of town which has a great short walk around the lake.
The Heel of the Yorke Peninsula is located just 5 minutes from Edithburgh. Follow the scenic route to Marion Bay there is signs along the way but you follow the coast most the way around. Past Troubridge light house, Kemp Bay, Port Moorowie and Foul bay. This is also part of the ‘walk the Yorke’ trail. After Foul Bay we stopped past Kangaroo Island Lookout and Meehan Hill Lookout.
Visit Innes National Park
Innes National Park is the most iconic place on the Yorke Peninsula. It is a great place for spotting native Australian animals, camping, fishing, surfing, and bushwalking. You can explore a lot of the main sites in one day but, if you have more time to spare, we recommend spending multiple days here to explore this area of the peninsula. Innes National Park, like all National Parks, requires a vehicle entrance and/or camping fee, which you can do via the National Parks and Wildlife Services website.
Stenhouse Camping Ground
Stenhouse Bay Lookout Trail
2.2km 1 hour return circuit out to 7 lookouts with some spectacular coastal view’s along the way.
Visit Cape Spencer Lighthouse
You can enjoy a pleasant walk down to the lighthouse for magnificent views of Althorpe Island, Wedge Island, and Kangaroo Island.
Discover Ethel Wreck
The yellow sand surrounds the wreck of The Ethel, which has been aground since 1904. The wreck is mostly visible, but it will depend on the sand movements that day. You can either enjoy the view from the lookout above, or walk down the stairs onto the soft sandy beach.
This beach is small and picturesque, with small waves. This beach is safe for swimming.
A 5km 2 hour return hike to Royston Head. The terrain is quite rocky and then becomes sandy as you head up and over a few sand dunes out to the point. You will experience amazing views of the rugged coast. There is no official lookout point, but once you head up and over a sand dune you will come out to spectacular views on the cliffs at Royston Head.