Walk The Yorke

With more than 500 kilometres of continuous shared walking & cycling leisure trail, you can explore Yorke Peninsula's coastline from Port Wakefield to Moonta Bay.

With coastal trails & town walks, Walk the Yorke showcases Yorke Peninsula’s spectacular coastline, diverse coastal communities and environments unique to ‘Yorkes’.   

Choose from short walks or a day walk, or why not try a multi-day walk?  The hero walks of Walk The Yorke are those recommended by the designers and developers of this 500km trail, and have some of the best scenery & walking experiences.

Download the Walk the Yorke leisure trail map, and start planning your next adventure!

The Walk the Yorke project is supported by funding from the Australian Government, South Australian Government and the Yorke Peninsula Council. 

Walks & Trails

Choose between 16 different walks & trails, or why not try them all?

Follow Walk The Yorke clockwise around the coastline from Port Wakefield to the 'bottom end', and then up to Moonta Bay.  Or, go anti-clockwise...the choice is yours.

Short Walks

Just 90 minutes is all you’ll need to stretch your legs and get away from it all with this selection of short walks.

If you’re holidaying on Yorke Peninsula, this is an ideal way to be reinvigorated before you relax over some good food and wine.  Some walks extend to three hours. Snap photos along the way and feel the sea breeze on your face.

Coobowie to Edithburgh
6km one way
A sealed trail linking the two townships and passing Coobowie estuary, a haven for Australian and migratory birds, including international shorebirds.  Enjoy great coastal views.

Innes National Park – Gym Beach Hike
5.5km one way
This natural-surface trail takes in unique flora and fauna and high sand dunes between Browns Beach and Gym Beach. Watch the range of bird life and delicate wild orchids in spring.

Port Clinton to Price
7.8km one way
A compacted gravel trail overlooking the mangrove forests between the charming seaside town of Port Clinton and Price. Meander through the samphire flats.

Port Vincent – Northern Walking Trail
2.5km one way
Enjoy excellent views of the foreshore from this natural-surfaced and compacted gravel trail. Port Vincent is the peninsula’s most versatile holiday destination, with a town beach perfect for young families. Cliff top lookouts and walking trails allow you to find your favourite picture postcard views.

Stansbury Coastal Walking Trail
2.6km one way
This charming trail offers great views of the Adelaide Hills across Gulf St Vincent. Wheelchair accessible trail from the town jetty, along the foreshore past the caravan park to the town cemetery.

Hero Walks

From short walks to day walks, multi-day walks to cycling trails...some of the sections of Walk The Yorke provide amazing scenery and experiences that are not to be missed.

 

Short walks

Coobowie to Edithburgh
Sealed trail linking townships and passing Coobowie estuary, a haven for Australian and migratory birds, including international shorebirds.
Distance:  6 kms one way (allow 1.5 hours), 12 kms return (allow 3 hours). To extend the walk, trail users can continue onto Sultana Point (another 4.2 kms one way, allow an additional 1 hour).
Level of difficulty – easy. Accessible for mobile-impaired.

Port Clinton to Price
Compacted gravel trail overlooking the mangrove forests between Port Clinton and Price.
Distance: 7.8 kms one way (allow 2 hours).  15.6 kms return (allow 4 hours).
Level of difficulty – easy.

Innes National Park – Gym Beach Hike
Natural-surface trail taking in unique flora and fauna and high sand dunes between Browns Beach and Gym Beach. Good range of bird life and delicate wild orchids in spring.
Distance: 5.5 kms one way (allow 2 hours). 11 kilometres return (allow 4 hours).
Level of difficulty – moderate.

Note: Entry fee into Innes National Park is exempt for walkers. If taking a vehicle into Innes National Park fees apply.

Port Vincent – Northern Walking Trail
Compacted gravel and natural-surfaced trail with excellent views of the foreshore.
Distance: 2.5 kilometres one way (allow 45 minutes). 5 kilometres return (allow 1.5 hours).
Level of difficulty – easy-moderate

Stansbury Coastal Walking Trail
Wheel-chair accessible trail from the town jetty, along the foreshore past the Caravan Park to the town cemetery. Offers great views of the Adelaide Hills across Gulf St Vincent.
Distance: 2.6 kilometres one way (allow 45 minutes). 5 kilometres return (allow 1.5 hours). To extend the walk, continue onto Stage 3 from the town cemetery, another 2.4 kilometres return (allow 45 minutes) via beach or cliff top trail – please note this section is not wheel-chair accessible.
Level of difficulty: easy

 

Day Walks

Kangaroo Island Look-out to Marion Bay
A natural-surfaced goat-track style trail along cliff headlands and on the beach. Involves some rock-hopping and dune-climbing.
Distance:  19.6 kms one way (allow 5.5 hours). 
Level of difficulty – moderate to hard (some short harder sections negotiating steep dunes).

Gym Beach to Formby Bay
Natural-surface trail negotiating native vegetation along the cliff-tops, headlands and dunes. Spectacular surf breaks and quiet secluded beaches are a highlight.
Level of difficulty – moderate.
Distance: 9.6 kms one way (allow 3.5 hours), 19.2 kms return (allow 6.5 hours).

Port Hughes to The Gap
Discover quiet crisp white beaches walking the beach past vegetated dunes and samphire flats.
Level of difficulty – moderate.
Distance: 26.7 kms one way (allow 7.5 hours). 

Port Rickaby to Port Victoria
Wide, long beaches form the majority of this section with shallow, crystal blue waters for as far as the eye can see.
Level of difficulty – easy. Not accessible for the mobile-impaired or prams.
Distance: 21.6 kms one way (allow 6 hours). 

 

Multi-Day Walks

Marion Bay to Gleesons Landing
Spectacular rugged cliffs, high-energy beaches, mammoth dunes and quiet, inland woodlands are discovered whilst following a natural-surfaced trail and walking some beaches.
Overnight camping – multiple locations in Innes National Park and Council Bush camps outside of the Park. Suggested itinerary:

  • Marion Bay (Caravan Park and private accommodation available) to Pondalowie Campground: 21 kms (allow 6 hours)
  • Pondalowie Campground to Gym Beach Campground: 16 kms (allow 4.5 hours)
  • Gym Beach Campground to Gleesons Landing (Council Bush camp): 22 kms (allow 6 hours)
  • Total distance: 59 kms.

Level of difficulty – moderate.
Note: Parking entry fee and camping fee’s applicable within Innes National Park. Camping permits and fees applicable for Council Bush camps. Link to purchase camping and permits.

Corny Point to Hardwicke Bay
Predominantly on sandy beaches the first and last thirds, and natural-surfaced tracks and dirt roads in-between, the trail hugs the low energy coastline that features woodlands, samphire flats, and the shallow crystal blue waters lapping the white expansive Flaherty’s Beach.
Overnight camping – multiple locations in townships, including private accommodation options, and Council Bush camps. Suggested itinerary:

  • Corny Point (Caravan Park and private accommodation available) to Burners Beach Campground: 18 kms (allow 5 hours)
  • Burners Beach Campground to Point Turton (Caravan Park and private accommodation available): 12.5 kms (allow 3.5 hours)
  • Total distance: 30.5 kms


Port Rickaby to The Gap
Quite bays, long sandy beaches, wombat warrens, dunes and woodlands will all be experienced following the trail surfaces of beaches, compacted gravel, sealed (in Port Victoria) and natural-surface two-wheel tracks.
Overnight camping – multiple locations in townships, including private accommodation options, and Council Bush camps. Suggested itinerary:

  • Port Rickaby (Caravan Park and private accommodation available) to Port Victoria (Caravan Park and private accommodation available): 21.6 kms (allow 6 hours)
  • Port Victoria (Caravan Park and private accommodation available) to Balgowan (Caravan and Camping Park and private accommodation available): 21.3 kms (allow 6 hours)
  • Balgowan (Carvan and Camping Park and private accommodation available): 11 kms (allow 3 hours)
  • Total distance: 53.9 kms

 

Cycling

Ardrossan to Pine Point
Compacted gravel trail along clifftops and edging farmland.
Level of difficulty – easy. Some rises and falls.
Distance: 18.8 kms
**please note - a small section of trail approximately 1.5km south of Rogues Point & 3.5km north of Pine Point is currently under maintenance and closed for access.  The remainder of the Ardrossan to Pine Point section remains accessible.

Edithburgh to Port Moorowie
Sealed trail then compacted natural surface following two-wheel tracks and dirt roads.
Level of difficulty – easy. Some rises and falls.
Distance: 30.7 kms

Cape Elizabeth (starting at Moonta) to Balgowan
Natural-surface trail following two wheel tracks through Sheoak woodlands and the rear of sand dunes and samphire flats.
Level of difficulty – easy.
Distance: 46 kms

Cycling

Want to cycle Walk the Yorke? 

You can ride your bike along most sections of the Walk The Yorke leisure trail, but these are some of the best ones for coastal views & spectacular scenery:

Ardrossan to Pine Point
Distance: 18.8km
Ardrossan sits atop imposing red cliffs and is home of the Blue Swimmer crab. Pine Point overlooks the bay of Port Alfred and is well known as an excellent wading area to rake the shallows for crabs and is also a popular spot for fishing. Follow the compacted gravel trail along clifftops and edging farmland. Some rises and falls.

**please note - a small section of trail approximately 1.5km south of Rogues Point & 3.5km north of Pine Point is currently under maintenance and closed for access.  The remainder of the Ardrossan to Pine Point section remains accessible.

Edithburgh to Port Moorowie
Distance: 30.7km
Take the sealed trail then a compacted natural surface following two-wheel tracks and dirt roads.  Along the way, enjoy a mosaic trail on the rocks along the Edithburgh foreshore. This trail follows the Troubridge Lighthouse scenic drive, with views of spectacular rugged cliffs and secluded beaches.

Cape Elizabeth to Balgowan
Distance: 46km
This natural-surface trail follows two-wheel tracks through Sheoak woodlands and the rear of sand dunes and samphire flats. Finish at Balgowan, a popular holiday destination for families and anglers. A challenging ride along the back of the sand dunes.

View the other Cycling Trails on Yorke Peninsula.

All distances are one-way, as Walk The Yorke is a continuous  linear trail covering more than 500kms.
 

Day Walks

Recharge and devote the day to walking, choosing from clifftop paths and quiet beaches through to dune-climbing.

The spectacular coastline will keep you company – you may even have a beach to yourself. This is an investment in body and soul.

Gym Beach to Formby Bay
9.6 kms one way
This walk features spectacular surf breaks and quiet secluded beaches. It has a natural-surface trail negotiating native vegetation along the clifftops, headlands and dunes.

Kangaroo Island Look-out to Marion Bay
19.6 kms one way
One for the energetic fun-lovers. A natural-surfaced goat-track style trail which meanders along cliff headlands and onto the beach. It involves some rock-hopping and dune-climbing.

Port Hughes to The Gap
26.7 kms one way
Discover quiet crisp white beaches walking the beach past vegetated dunes and samphire flats. Port Hughes has calm clear waters and a fantastic jetty, making it a popular fishing destination. This is considered a longer day-walk.

Port Rickaby to Port Victoria
21.6 kms one way
Wide, long beaches form the majority of this section with shallow, crystal blue waters for as far as the eye can see. Port Rickaby has plenty to offer visitors, including a family-friendly beach. Port Victoria is a paradise for anglers and scuba divers.
 

Multi Day Walks

Craving something more challenging?

Perhaps you need a night under the stars. Get your camping gear together and have an adventure with family or friends.  Stay overnight in  friendly Yorke Peninsula towns, choosing from camping grounds, caravan parks or self-contained accommodation.

Marion Bay to Gleesons Landing
Total distance: 59 kms
Discover spectacular rugged cliffs, high-energy beaches, mammoth dunes and quiet woodlands on this natural-surfaced trail and with some beach walking.

Corny Point to Hardwicke Bay
Total distance: 30.5 kms
This trail hugs the coastline which features woodlands, samphire flats, and shallow crystal blue waters lapping Flaherty’s Beach. Predominantly on sandy beaches for the first and last thirds, with natural-surfaced tracks and dirt roads in-between.

Port Rickaby to The Gap
Total distance 53.9 kms
Quiet bays, long sandy beaches, wombat warrens, dunes and woodlands – this has it all. Follow the trail surfaces of beaches, compacted gravel, sealed (in Port Victoria) and natural-surface two-wheel tracks. There’s overnight camping in multiple townships. We are privileged to walk through Nharangga Aboriginal lands as part of this trail section.

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Innes National Park walks

There are several walks through Innes National Park that form part of Walk The Yorke (Marion Bay to Gleeson's Landing section).

You can discover the national park and it's amazing history on one of the many walks - from beach walks and trail hikes, to lookouts & historic ghost towns...

Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk
Starting at the jetty car park, this 2 kilometre, 1 hour return loop leads you around the cliff tops through low closed coastal heath. 

Thomson-Pfitzner Plaster Trail Hike
Start from Inneston or Stenhouse Bay, follow the Thomson-Pfitzner Plaster Trail Hike along the old wooden rail line. 16 interpretive signs take walkers back in time during a 3 hour return trip.

Cape Spencer Lighthouse Walk
Along this 15 minute return walk, observe fantastic views of Althorpe and Kangaroo islands from the lighthouse. 

Inneston
The Inneston Historic Walk is a well-marked, 1 hour return trail that meanders through the old gypsum mining area, with interpretive signs that tell the story of the early days. 

West Cape Headland Hike
This easy, half-hour return, 1 kilometre loop trail takes you along the rugged cliff top of the West Cape headland, offering stunning views of Wedge and Althorpe islands and Pondalowie Bay. 

Royston Head Walk
Enjoy spectacular views of the rugged peninsula and sparkling blue Southern Ocean, especially from the lookout. It takes around 2 hours return.

Browns Beach to Gym Beach
Along this 2 hour, 1 way trek, find unique flora and fauna, high sand dunes, a good range of birdlife and delicate wild orchids in spring.