Discover South Australia’s Coastal Playground, Yorke Peninsula!’
With the weather at its best, now is the time to head down to Yorke Peninsula – the idyllic and relaxing weekend destination, with the starting point of the region only 90 minutes from Adelaide.
There’s no better time to be spending a few relaxing and fun days by the coast! With plenty of family activities, you’ll be wishing you could stay for weeks.
Moonta Bay’s Water Park is a fantastic place to take the kids for a bit of water fun. “Splash Town” is located just near the foreshore and close to restaurants and accommodation. The best part? It’s completely free and open to the public! Enjoy the waterslides and keep coming back each day of the weekend if you’d like to. Be sure to check the Facebook Page for Splash Town Copper Coast or the District Council of the Copper Coast website to keep informed of any closures before you head down.
On the long list of exciting water adventures is also surfing, swimming, crabbing and fishing! Bring your surfboard or bodyboard and enjoy the fruits of one of Australia’s premier surfing destinations. Find out more about the best spots for surfing and their surf ratings in the region.
If you’re not keen to catch a wave, you might enjoy a dive, snorkel or scuba dive to discover the shipwrecks and abundance of marine life. You can also hire kayaks at Wallaroo and stand up paddleboards and other coastal equipment at Port Vincent.
Crabbing is another must-do on the Peninsula, with the best crabbing in warmer months…months with an ‘r’ in them are best. Despite being a very popular activity, there are still plentiful crabs to be caught all year round! Gulf St Vincent and Spencer Gulf are ideal breeding grounds for these crabs.
Collect Blue Swimmer crabs in the shallows with a rake and bucket, and cook up a tasty and fresh dinner for the whole family to enjoy! Remember to return all undersized crabs, leave female crabs with external eggs undisturbed and adhere to the catch limit – find out more information in the Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide.
In the guide you’ll also find useful information on the best fishing beaches and a handy reference for all the fish waiting to be caught in this angler’s paradise. Don’t have a boat? Hire one at Port Vincent or Port Hughes; or book a trip with one of the fishing charters through the region.
A great way to explore inland as well as the beautiful coast is to make sure you drop into the conservation and national parks on the Peninsula. Innes National Park is the ideal place to enjoy nature and take in the unique and picture-perfect coastal views. There are several heritage lodges that provide accommodation for those looking for the perfect base to explore the park.
Another option for those with an adventurous streak would be to camp on some of the designated campgrounds. Innes has designated campgrounds at Pondalowie Bay, Shell Beach, Casuarina or Cable Bay. Remember to book your campsite and park entry online at parks.sa.gov.au before heading off.
Weekends have never looked better with Yorke Peninsula on your doorstep. Mini–breaks are best shared with family and friends. Start planning!