Yorkes, as it’s referred to by South Australian’s, is a coastal playground, with an abundance of surfing spots, lots of places to spot wildlife, walking trails and an increasingly trendy food scene.
At just over a 2 hour drive from Adelaide it’s a great spot for a weekend getaway.
Stay with the family at Wallaroo Caravan Park, animal petting zoo included, it’s located right on the beach! The accessible cabin has a great lawned area out front and uninterrupted views of the Spencer Gulf. Borrow the Park’s beach wheelchair and spend the day with the sand between your toes or if you’re up for it go in for a dip. The tide goes right out, giving you heaps of hard sand to get around on. You can also drive onto the beach.
Grab a good breakfast at The Smelter or a pub dinner at the Coopers Ale House, otherwise you don’t really need to leave the Caravan Park.
Head right down to the bottom of the Peninsula to Marion Bay, nestled next to Innes National Park (check out our Scout – Charles Brice’s visit to Yorkes). You can drive through Innes National Park and there are a couple of view points that are good for everyone. Keep your eyes open for the awesome wildlife throughout the park.
Marion Bay Caravan Park built an accessible cabin in 2017 and it’s definitely got the goods. This part of Yorkes is quiet and peaceful, which also means there aren’t many shops around, so bring all the necessities so you can just unpack and relax. You could try your luck calling George the Curry Man, he’s an elusive local who makes legendary curries when the surf is not happening! He’s so far escaped us, but his reputation hasn’t.
Walk the Yorke is a a 500km long walking trail all around the coast, and some small sections are accessible.
Try Ardrossan to Tiddy Widdy beach , approx 3km or Port Moorowie to Reef walk, approx 1 km or Stansbury trail through he Caravan Park and town cemetery, enjoying views across the Gulf of St Vincent. More about Walk the Yorke.
On your way back stop in at Taste the Yorke, in Moonta, for your caffeine fix before heading back to the city. There is so much to see in this area, you really need more than a weekend!
Check out our guide to Yorke Peninsula for more.
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