For thousands of years before European settlement, the traditional owners of Yorke Peninsula were the Narungga people.
They led a peaceful existence, moving among their many campsites while hunting, fishing and gathering food.
For an amazing insight into the traditional owners of this country, and of their rich cultural heritage, dreaming stories and traditions, walk in their footsteps with Aboriginal Cultural Tours.
Visit the many museums for a chance to step back in time and enjoy the stories of our fascinating past. Experience our unique history and culture from the early days of mining to the amazing maritime history.
Ports & Jetties
Yorke Peninsula has a rich maritime history with many ports and historic jetties along the coastline, most still in use today for shipping and fishing.
Yorke Peninsula has several lighthouses which are still in use today, helping ships navigate the coastline.
Captain Harry Butler, a Yorke Peninsula aviation pioneer who made South Australian history. Captain Harry Butler in his Red Devil Bristol Monoplane made aviation history in 1919. He delivered the first mailbag over the sea in South Australia to his hometown of Minlaton, Yorke Peninsula.
Yorke Peninsula’s Farming & agricultural history, Stump Jump Plough. Yorke Peninsula is the Barley Capital of the world. Read about pastoral developments and first land leases, Dryland farming techniques, and the Stump Jump Plough.
Copper was discovered near Kadina in 1859, creating a mining boom that populated the area. Skilled Cornish miners worked the Moonta and Wallaroo mines and the area soon became known as ‘Australia’s Little Cornwall’.
Yorke Peninsula's maritime heritage, and shipwreck stories. Discover shipwrecks and this tales all along the Yorke Peninsula coast, including the Ethel, Ferret & Clan Ranald.
With Yorke Peninsula's rich history and heritage also comes a wealth of ghost stories told through generations. From haunted buildings and spooky tales to cemetries and guided ghost tours.