Family Fun

Relive childhood memories and create wonderful new ones on Yorke Peninsula - one of Australia’s most relaxed holiday regions. 

Yorke Peninsula is one big coastal playground and the perfect getaway for a family holiday.

On Yorke Peninsula, you’re never far from water. It’s about a 30 minute drive from coast to coast or, in other words, just a short drive to your next beach adventure. Fish, swim, surf, dive, snorkel, kayak, sail, build sandcastles or go beachcombing...the choices are endless.

Whether it’s enjoying a train ride, visiting a farm of a different kind, discovering the region’s past or being thrilled by a spooky adventure… there's plenty of family fun to be had on the Yorke Peninsula.

Yorke Peninsula is the perfect family holiday destination.  Come and see for yourself!

Family holiday fun, beach adventures, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Home Grown Trail

The Yorke Peninsula Home Grown Trail is your ticket for a behind-the-scenes view as locals welcome you to their farms and businesses.

Discover their produce and products and share their working lives. They'll show you what they do and how they do it, getting things grown, harvested, and taken to the world. 

From award winning studs and innovative livestock enterprises to handmade paper, a marine study centre,  and the regions first cellar door.

There are lots of experiences to be had on the Home Grown Trail from seeing new born foals and feeding baby alpacas to watching sheepdogs in action... or you can even be a ‘farmer for the day’.

Alpacas Chaparral, Minlaton

Come and meet these curious creatures at Yorke Peninsula’s most-awarded stud. Alpacas Chaparral has produce available both at the farm or at Harvest Corner. Tours available by appointment, phone Dee or Shorty on 08 8853 2354

Barachel Alpacas, Wool Bay

Alpacas are adored for their softness and friendliness. Baby alpacas are on-site most of the year for you to feed. Visit the Barachel Alpacas on farm shop with an extensive range of quality alpaca products. Tours available Monday-Saturday by appointment, phone Neil or Dianne on 08 8852 8029 or 0438 528 029

Barley Stacks Wines, Maitland

Specialising in premium wines, enjoy a tasting of Barley Stacks Wines Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier at the region’s first cellar door at Barley Stacks Wines. Open daily 10am-5pm, phone 08 8834 1258

Ducatoon Park Horse Stud, Kadina

Ducatoon Park is one of South Australia’s leading horse studs. See the new foals, preparation of yearlings for sale and the education of young horses. Tours available daily by appointment, phone Peter or Valmai on 08 8821 3360 or 0408 859 812

Orrie Cowie Merino Stud, Warooka

Established in 1935, Orrie Cowie Merino Stud is still owned and run by the founding Dalla family. Learn about the stud and see the sheepdogs in action, enjoy a shearers smoko or be a ‘farmer for a day’. Tours available Monday–Saturday by appointment, groups preferred, phone Heather on 08 8854 5250 or 0417 898 474

Paper Nymph Studio & Top Shop, Warooka

Paper Nymph Studio & Top Shop offers fine recycled handmade paper, books & cards. Watch spinning and weaving demonstrations or stock up on local produce. Phone Joan on 0438 545 102
 

Ducatoon Park, mares and foals, Home Grown Trail, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Playgrounds

Have fun and take time out at one of the fantastic playgrounds scattered around Yorke Peninsula.  Why not pack a picnic or barbecue?

Popular playgrounds include Edithburgh, Ardrossan, Stansbury Foreshore Playground and Yorketown. Kids will love the adventure playgrounds in the Copper Coast townships of Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta or get wet at the Splash Town Water Park in Moonta Bay.

Skateparks are also lots of fun with action to be had at several towns throughout the region including Minlaton, Moonta and  Kadina

For some indoor fun, head to the Copper Coast Indoor Play Centre at The Farm Shed Museum & Tourism Centre.
 

Free stuff

From splashing around at a water park to beach cricket, catching your own crabs or star-gazing, there are plenty of fun and free activities to be found on Yorke Peninsula.

Go snorkelling and check out the marine life under historical jetties or over reefs and sea grasses...you might be lucky enough to see the elusive leafy sea dragon or a dolphin.

Kids love crabbing – why not try your luck at raking the shallows or dropping a net off a jetty for the famously delicious blue swimmer crabs?  The months with an ‘r’ are best for raking! (September to April)

  • Cast a line from our jetties and beaches – you can catch anything from the delicious King George whiting to squid, tommies, garfish, snook and many more!  

  • Get wet at Splash Town Water Park, Moonta Bay

  • See the majestic wind towers at Wattle Point Wind Farm and visit the information bay to find out more about this environmentally-friendly power source

  • See daredevil Captain Harry Butler's Red Devil Plane in Minlaton

  • Have fun at one of the fantastic playgrounds

  • Take along a bag of food and feed the animals at HJ & Brian Cook Native Animal Reserve in Minlaton 

  • Head to the Wallaroo Astronomical Society for a night of free stargazing. The country skies are free of light pollution which makes for amazing night views. 

  • Go beachcombing and see what treasures you can find

  • Take a hike!  Explore one of the many trails throughout the region from bushwalking to coastal trails and heritage walks

  • Grab your skateboard or bike and head to the Minlaton,  Moonta or  Kadina Skatepark 

Blue Swimmer Crabs, catch of the day, free family fun at the beach, Black Point, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Coastal Fun

Yorke Peninsula is a favourite destination for families - with plenty to keep the kids entertained.

From catching your first fish to crabbing, beachcombing, building sandcastles or enjoying a swim.

Cast a line from one of our jetties or beaches – try your luck at catching anything from the yummy King George whiting to squid, tommies, garfish, snook and many more!  

Grab an old pair of sneakers and rake the shallows for blue swimmer crabs (the warmer months from September to April are best).

  • Snorkel under historic jetties or over reefs and sea grasses. There is a whole new world to discover underwater and you may be lucky enough to see the mysterious leafy sea dragon or a dolphin! 

  • Hire a kayak and go for a paddle at Wallaroo or Port Vincent 

  • Enjoy a round of minigolf 

  • Try body boarding or you can learn to surf with Neptune’s Surf Coaching with classes for young and old…maybe Mum and Dad can learn too!

  • Walk the Yorke on one of the many coastal trails

  • See what birds you can find at the Coobowie Bird Hide 

  • Enjoy a swim at one of the great Yorke Peninsula beaches or take a dip in the Edithburgh Tidal Pool

  • Get wet at the Splash Town Water Park at Moonta Bay

Young girl snorkelling, underwater fun, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Indoor Fun

From laser tag and cinemas to museums and a play cafe, there’s plenty of indoor activities throughout the region.

Why not make some new playmates at the Copper Coast Indoor Play Centre, or have your fill of delicious homemade gelato and pancakes at The Coffee Barn Gelateria .

You can play indoor laser tag at Copper Coast Commandos, Moonta...great fun for young and old, or enjoy a movie at the Statewide Cinema in Moonta or Kadina.

Explore the region’s history at one of the many museums or visit George the giant squid and see a lighthouse close up, at the Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum

Dine at one of the many eateries – most have kids’ menus and some have kids zone play areas. 
 

Farm Fun & Wildlife 

Want to get up close and personal with some furry friends? There is lots of fun to be had from feeding and cuddling newborn or orphaned animals to being a ‘farmer for a day’.

Take time to explore the Home Grown Trail, where you can feed a baby alpaca one day and see sheepdogs on a working farm the next.

Explore Innes National Park, at the very tip of Yorke Peninsula where you can see emus, kangaroos and tammar wallaby’s in the wild.

Farm fun on the Home Grown Trail, Barachal Alpacas, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Eating With Kids

From bakeries and cafes to hearty pub meals and restaurants, Yorke Peninsula has a wonderful variety of eateries offering family friendly kid’s menus.

Bakeries scattered throughout the region offer delicious pastries, traditional Cornish pasties and plenty of sweet treats.

Try locally caught fresh seafood or enjoy fish and chips on the beach watching the sunset.

Enjoy delicious homemade gelato or pancakes at Moonta’s Coffee Barn Gelateria or drop into the Moonta Mines Sweet Shop for a sweet treat, sherbet and old style lollies…old fashioned favourites are on offer for the big kids too!

Tuck into a wood oven pizza at the Marion Bay Tavern or dine at Point Turton's Tavern on Turton, fully equipped with kids playroom and free games.
 

Innes National Park

Explore spectacular Innes National Park where you can see emus, kangaroos and tammar wallabies in the wild. You may even see some dolphins, seals or whales swimming by!

Visit a real ghost town, explore one of the many walking trails, hug a lighthouse or see the Ethel Shipwreck.

Visit the ghost town of Inneston, an old township within Innes National Park that was once home to 200 people. In its heyday it was completely self-sufficient, with its own school, post office, bakery, general store, and tennis court. You can even rent one of the renovated heritage cottages and stay the night.

  • Follow the old wooden railway line on the Thomson/Pfitzner Plaster Trail Hike starting from Inneston or Stenhouse Bay. There are signs along the way that tell the history of the trail

  • Step back in time and learn about the historic Inneston Village and the gypsum mining era on the Inneston Historic Walk

  • Head to the Inneston Lake in the heart of Innes National Park. This is one of the very few places in the world where stromatelites grow! They are very rare marine growths, similar to coral, that are built by algae and sediment

  • Get a birds eye view at the West Cape lookout which boasts a 360 degree view of the national park. On a clear day you can even see Kangaroo Island. This is  a great spot for a picnic, complete with sheltered picnic tables with views across to Pondalowie Bay

  • See the ruins of the Ethel shipwreck on Ethel Beach that was wrecked in 1904

  • Catch a wave and go body boarding at Pondalowie Bay

  • Visit West Cape or Cape Spencer lighthouse, or hit the trail on one of the many walks within the park

  • Camp under millions of stars at one of Innes National Parks campgrounds

Up close and personal family fun with emus, Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia