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Yorke Peninsula, South Australia.

The Yorke Peninsula [16] begins at the head of the Gulf of St Vincent and to north of the state capital of Adelaide. It is located to the west of the city of Adelaide between Fleurieu Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Shaped like a leg, Yorke Peninsula has over 700 km's of coastline and is a distinctive part of South Australia’s coastal landscape.



Yorke Peninsula is rich in agriculture and marine resources and has a healthy fishing industry supporting recreational fishing, crayfish, crab and oyster businesses. Extractive industries also exist in the region including limestone, dolomite, gypsum and sand. High quality salt is harvested at Price by Cheetham Salt [17], this is the only remaining food grade salt producer in Southern Australia.

Get in

By car

Yorke Peninsula begins just 90 minutes drive from Adelaide's CBD or from Adelaide Airport. Coming from Adelaide, National Highway 1 takes you from the northern suburbs onto the 4-lane dual carriageway national highway that passes through the towns of Lower Light, Dublin, Windsor, Wild Horse Plains and on to Port Wakefield.

From Port Wakefield you can continue onto the Copper Coast towns of Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta, or head south along the coast to picturesque seaside townships or right down the Bottom End to Innes National Park. The trip from Adelaide to Innes National Park, at the foot of Yorke Peninsula, will take around 3 hours+ by car. Most major roads on the peninsular are surfaced with asphalt.

Many secondary and minor roads on the peninsular are un-surfaced graded dirt roads. Some of these roads may run for extended distances and care should be used to avoid accident due to the sometimes slippery conditions. Windscreen breakage is also possible from stones being thrown up by the wheels of passing vehicles. Always moderate your speed and take care not to cause either yourself or other road users any damage by not fully understanding the prevailing local conditions. These unsealed roads are frequently surfaced by grading machines and care should be used when driving near any roadworks that are in progress.

By bus

Buses travel daily to the Yorke Peninsula from Adelaide Central Bus Station. Most towns are serviced by the buses, but not always every day due to different schedules.

By ferry

Sea SA Car & Passenger Ferries has temporarily suspended all services between Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula and Lucky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula while a new ferry is constructed. Sea SA plans to resume daily services in early 2011, on the arrival of the new ferry Aurora.

  • Sea SA Car & Passenger Ferries, (), [2]. Crossing the Spencer Gulf in just over 2 hours between Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula and Lucky Bay (near Cowell) on the Eyre Peninsula. Services scheduled to commence in early 2011. The 56 m Aurora ferry will carry 85 cars and 300 passengers.


  • Lighthouses. The rough seas along the southern coastline of Yorke Peninsula have caused many a shipwrecks, which is why this area has a number of lighthouses. Lighthouses at West Cape [18], Cape Spencer [19], Althorpe Island [20] and Corny Point [21] continue to guide the way for passing boats and sailors to warn them of the dangers.
  • Innes National Park, Stenhouse Bay, +61 8 8854 3200, [3]. Innes National Park is one of the best known attractions on Yorke Peninsula, with over 9200ha of mallee bushland. The discovery of the elusive Western Whipbird in 1962 was followed by the opening of the National Park in 1970. Birdwatchers will love to explore this Park, with over 140 species including Ospreys, Hooded Plovers and Malleefowl.


  • Yorke Peninsula's Home Grown Trail, 1800 654 991, [4]. Yorke Peninsula is home to some of the state’s key farming and produce businesses. The tour provides a behind-the-scenes view of the region’s produce operations and a participant can visit primary industry and grass roots businesses. The tour gives an insight into a range of local industries including wine making, sheep stud, alpaca and ostrich farming. Visitors are offered special on-site tours to a variety of businesses and producers.
  • Fishing Charters, [5]. Fishing charters operating throughout Yorke Peninsula including Gulf St Vincent and Spencer Gulf and the deep sea-open waters off the bottom end of the peninsular. Good fishing experiences from boat, shore or jetty.
  • Boating and fishing guide a useful guide that covers the over 700km of coastline from Port Gawler all the way around the leg to Port Broughton is available from the South Australian government tourism office. [22]
  • Diving and snorkelling. The area is popular with diving groups from the nearby city of Adelaide. Due to the colder southern ocean waters a wetsuit is often required for skin-diving or scuba diving activities or for any prolonged periods in the water even in the warmer summer months.
  • Ship wrecks. Visit the many ship wreck sites of the Peninsula. Some require a dive other do not.
  • Surfing. The Bottom end is famous for surfing having many excellent surf beaches, some are easier to get to then others and some local knowledge would be helpful for any uninitiated visitor. The peninsular is home to some committed surfers.


  • Coopers Alehouse at Wallaroo (Wallaroo Marina Hotel), 11 Heritage Drive, Wallaroo (On the southern side of the marina complex), +61 8 8823 2488, [6]. The hotel and the two adjacent five story accommodation towers are part of the Copper Cove Marina development. Panoramic vistas of the marina, North Beach and Spencer Gulf.
  • Cornucopia Hotel, 49 Owen Tce, Wallaroo (On the main street in Wallaroo), +61 8 8823 3457, [7]. Features produce from the local area as well as traditional favourites. Lunch and dinner specials. Large dining room can be utilized for large groups, private functions or conferences. A favourite amongst both locals and visitors.

  • Barokee House Tea-Rooms, 63, Main Street, Warooka, +61 888545051, [8]. 10:30AM-4PM Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun.. *<eat name="Marion Bay Tavern" alt="" address="Main Road, Marion Bay" directions="" phone="+61 8 8854 4141" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Chef Adam Sommariva provides an innovative and fresh menu including the signature dish, the 'Marion Oscar', a premium scotch fillet, chat potatoes, asian greens, served with Moreton Bay Bugs and lime dill mayo. (,""Opened)
  • Palate 2 Palette, 6 Bay Street, Port Broughton (In the main street of Port Broughton), +61 8 8635 2552, [9]. Just metres from the beach and jetty. Restaurant, wine bar, coffee lounge and art gallery featuring works by established and emerging artists. Fine wines, food with an Asia and Europe influence. Fresh coffee.
  • Tavern on Turton, 154 Bay Road, Point Turton, 61 8 8854 5063, [10]. Overlooking the beautiful views of Hardwicke Bay and Flaherty's Beach, try the fish.


  • Cornucopia Hotel, 49 Owen Tce, Wallaroo, +61 8 8823 3457, [11]. Bars and a huge beer garden and entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Drive through bottle shop-enter by Owen Tce or Irwin St.



  • Cornucopia Hotel, 49 Owen Tce, Wallaroo, +61 8 8823 3457, [12]. Newly furnished accommodation, with single rooms, twin rooms, double rooms with queen sized beds and family rooms that sleep up to 6 people. 3 bedroom house available. Caters for bus groups, family and social groups and independent travellers.


  • Barokee house bed & breakfast (lit. Place Of Stone), 63 Main Street, Warooka (turn off A1 left at Port Wakefield, follow B85 turn off left for Ardrossan, follow B96 through Minlaton to Warooka following signs for Stenhouse Bay), +61 8 88545051, [13]. A restored and renovated stately home on Southern Yorke Peninsula, circa 1920. 3 comfortable bedrooms, 2 queen and 1 twin. Breakfast is served, full cooked or continental, in the original dining room or the tea-rooms. Delicious teas, fabulous coffee and home-made goodies served on fine bone china. Hosts Doris and Robert strive to provide good old fashioned hospitality. $150.


  • Emaroo Port Hughes, 8 Randolph Street, Port Hughes, S.A. (From Moonta follow the signs to Port Hughes then to the boat ramp and turn left on Charles St. The first right is Randolph with Emaroo Port Hughes on the left.), +61 418862260, [14]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. 4 1/2 star deluxe holiday accommodation for travellers. from $200.


  • Central & Southern Yorke Peninsula has a range of camping locations scattered around the region.[23] around the coastline and inland

Some camping locations which require a permit, and in some cases the payment of camping fees. Camping permits can be puchased at locations throughout Central & Southern Yorke Peninsula [24], or contact the District Council of Yorke Peninsula on +61 8 8853 3800 for further information.

  • Innes National Park, +61 8 8854 3200, [15]. The park has a range of designated campgrounds throughout, each varies in size and all (except Casuarina) are on a first come-first served basis. Fees apply to enter the park and for camping.

Stay safe

  • Yorke Peninsula is generally a safe region. It is still advised that when travelling, close your vehicle windows and conceal all valuables including your purse, handbag, shopping, phone and laptop; and when parking, lock your vehicle and don't leave your keys anywhere they can be found.
  • Speed limits on Yorke Peninsula are 50km zones within towns, and on open roads are either 100km or 110km per hour. Please be aware of the speed limit signs when driving. Ensure you are carrying a fully inflated spare tyre, suitable basic tools to change a flat tyre and always a supply of drinking water, most especially in the summer months.
  • As Yorke Peninsula is a farming region, please take care when driving throughout the area as farmers may be moving equipment or stock on the roads.

Fire danger
A fire danger period exists between November and April each year in South Australia. During fire danger periods there are fire restrictions that apply, including total fire ban days. For up to date details of fire bans, visit the Country Fire Services's fire bans page [25] or telephone 1300 362 361. In times of very high fire danger the electricity supply may be shut off without warning in order to mitigate the danger of fire arising from damage to high voltage power lines.


Cellular (mobile) telephone network reception may not be available in many areas especially those distant from cellular network repeater towers normally located along the major highways and near larger townships. Hilly terrain will also effect reception. In an emergency seek higher ground. Some networks provide a poor coverage in regional and rural areas. It is generally considered that the best reception is available from either Telstra or Optus when in areas such as Yorke Peninsula.

For emergency services including police, fire services and ambulance call 000 from any telephone and ask the operator to connect you.
Such calls are placed without charge to the calling party.

Get out

Head north out of Yorke Peninsula, and you can continue your travels south to Adelaide, north to Flinders Ranges, Outback, westward across to Eyre Peninsula, the Nullarbor Plain and the Great Australian Bight, or east towards the Clare Valley and Barossa Valley.


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