Your Guide to the Yorke Peninsula

Welcometo theYorke Peninsula, one of the most picturesque parts of South Australia, with breathtaking scenery, secluded beaches, pretty heritage towns, and plenty of places for outdoor adventures.

Yorke Peninsula is just 90 minutes from the centre of Adelaide and yet offers a fantastic combination of Mediterranean climate, pristine sandy beaches, a spectacular national park and a fascinating cultural heritage. With an enviable climate and beautiful scenery and landscape to enjoy, it really is paradise for those of an outdoorsy disposition.

Seafood lovers can stroll through shallow waters, rake for blue swimmer crabs, dive for crayfish and scallops just offshore, or cast a line for spotted whiting.

Whether you’re looking for a lazy beach holiday or an action packed outdoor adventure, you’ll find it all on Yorke Peninsula, one of South Australia’s best-kept secrets and the ultimate holiday destination.

Take a Break in Port Wakefield

Port Wakefield is a natural choice for a first stop on a Yorke Peninsula road trip and the perfect place to break up the journey if you’re driving from Adelaide. Take time to enjoy lunch at a cafe or pub, before stretching your legs with an enjoyable stroll along the wharf area.

Port Wakefield is a town with plenty of history worth exploring. Take a wander through town and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the history of the area and its well preserved heritage buildings and historical sites.

Drop a Line In

The pristine coastal waters surrounding the central and southern parts of Yorke Peninsula are renowned for world-class fishing. Even those with little or no fishing experience have a decent chance of taking home a fresh catch. It’s not all just about fishing, however. Squid is readily available, with large populations of southern calamari living in Gulf St. Vincent and Spencer Gulf.

For blue swimmer crabs, the shallow waters along the eastern coast offers the opportunity to catch some beauties. The best spots are between Ardrossan and Stansbury, from September to April. Make sure you keep a crab measuring gauge handy and ensure you only take those over the legal minimum size of 11 centimetres.

Enjoy the Surf

The Daly Head area of Yorke Peninsula is home to the first dedicated national surfing reserve on Australia’s southern coast. The best surf spots are on Yorke Peninsula's foot, between Corny Point to the north and Marion Bay on the southern coastline. The surf in these parts is more suited to experienced surfers. It’s important to be aware of the potential danger of some of the surf breaks in the area. Be sure to take care in remote areas and always seek advice from locals before entering the water.

Explore Innes National Park

Innes National Park is one of the most beautiful parts of South Australia and the perfect place to end a road trip. The park is famous for its spectacular coastline, pristine beaches, historic shipwrecks and abundant wildlife. There’s also a whole host of outdoor activities on offer such as camping, bushwalking, birdwatching, surfing and fishing.

The park is fully accessible for two-wheel-drive vehicles, which means everyone can enjoy what this amazing place has to offer. Take time to explore the park and enjoy the stunning views out over the ocean, where on a clear day, you can see Kangaroo Island shimmering in the distance. It’s an ideal opportunity to get back to basics and reconnect with nature.