Port Wakefield is a town at the top of the Yorke Peninsula.
The town is situated immediately to the east of the Wakefield River, at the head of Gulf St Vincent.
The first European to visit the site of the town was Matthew Flinders. He reached the head of the gulf in 1802, and named the gulf it after Admiral Lord St Vincent.
The town was selected a ideal for a port for the movement of copper, and huge quantities of ore passed through the town in the mid 19th century. However, the railway line reached the area around 10 years after the port was established, and the transport of copper mainly switched to rail. There was some continuing use of the port for agriculture, but Port Wakefield became an agricultural service town during the 20th century, with a a small but developing tourism industry.
Many know Port Wakefield today as a road stop on the highway out of Adelaide towards Port Augusta, Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula, Flinders Ranges, the Outback (South Australia), Northern Territory and Western Australia. However, there is a small town off the highway, with some interesting sights to see.
The A1 road, called National Highway One, from Adelaide heads straight for Port Wakefield. It is around 100km by road.
Being a roadhouse stop on the road north from Adelaide, Port Wakefield has more than its fair share of coaches that will take you there. Yorke Peninsula Coaches , Greyhound , and Premier Stateliner  together deliver around 10 services to Adelaide daily.
There is no rail or scheduled commercial air services to Port Wakefield. Adelaide is the best option.
Port Wakefield isn't a large enough town for a public transport system, but it is fairly spread out for walking. Expect to spend about 45 minutes to walk around the town by foot.
Pick up an historic town walk guide  from the caravan park or the motel. Even just driving around the town will give you a feel of how many old sandstone structures there are around town.
There no shopping strip in town. Even the pubs, museum, foreshore, Post Office, motel and wharf are all separated by a couple of residential streets.
The main street has probably become National Highway One as it passes to the east of the town. There is the full selection of service station brands, each with an attached roadhouse, and some open 24-hours. There is a general store, and a fruit and veg place open normal business hours. There are ATMs in the service stations.
The Big Burger Shack 1 Edward St, Port Wakefield SA 5550 Phone:(08) 8867 1400