16 Feb 2024

Coastal Way Road Trip: Edithburgh to Marion Bay

Troubridge Island
Have a secluded island all to yourself, just off Edithburgh…well apart from 1,000 little penguins, 30,000 migratory shore birds and maybe a few playful dolphins that share this conservation park! The lighthouse keepers cottage accommodates up to 10 people, and stands next to the only pre-fabricated cast iron lighthouse in South Australia built in 1856 (now retired).

Investigator Strait Shipwreck Trail
The Investigator Strait Shipwreck Trail is between Yorke Peninsula and Kangaroo Island and highlights 10 of the 26 shipwrecks dating from 1849 to 1892. These vessels range from the famous Clan Ranald, a huge 3,596 tonne steel steamer to the Welling, a 10-tonne wooden fishing cutter.

There are interpretative signs from Edithburgh to Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park providing information about the shipwrecks and how they came to rest along this rugged coast.

Edithburgh to Sultana Point Mosaic Trail
The Mosaic Trail from Edithburgh to Sultana Point is a shared walking & cycling trail with a one-way distance of 3.4 kilometres (approximately 51 minutes).  This arty trail was the brainchild of a local artist Trudie Howith, and with assistance from other local artists & community members, rocks along the trail were mosaicked in a nautical theme.

Troubridge Hill Lighthouse
It’s worth a visit to the Troubridge Hill Lighthouse to view its unique design up close. Measuring 32 metres high, Troubridge Hill Lighthouse has a light range of 22 nautical miles and operates off mains electricity with a backup generator.

This unusual lighthouse is built with custom-made special wedge shaped clay bricks, and it is designed to be resistant to high winds and earthquakes, as in the early 1900's the area experienced numerous earthquakes.

Point Davenport Conservation Park
Located on a headland between Foul Bay and Sturt Bay on the south coast of Yorke Peninsula, Point Davenport Conservation Park is considered to be an area of high biodiversity.  It has a range of habitats including beaches, foredunes, and an estuary that is listed as a nationally important wetland. 

Hillocks Drive
Set across 7 kilometres on beautiful coastline, Hillocks Drive is a popular bush camping and fishing spot in a secluded location.

The self-guided activities are endless - snorkel, scuba dive, swim, hike and explore; discount the hidden rockpools scattered along the coastline.  Go beach fishing for salmon, mulloway or snapper; or catch snook, squid and kingfish from the rocks.

Hillocks Drive is also a haven for birdwatchers and photographers, while accommodation options range from BYO camping to glamping in an eco-pod.

Kangaroo Island Lookout
On a clear day, the Kangaroo Island Lookout provides picture perfect views across to Kangaroo Island and the shipping channel of Investigator Strait (be sure to install an app to check out the variety of ships traversing the ocean).

There are plenty of natural rock pools to discover as you head along this part of Walk The Yorke.

Meehan Hill Lookout
Between Foul Bay & Marion Bay, Meehan Hill Lookout offers great views of the uninterrupted coastline along the bottom of Yorke Peninsula.  It’s long sandy footprint-free beach and variegated blues of the ocean make for a great photo opportunity.

Marion Bay
Situated on the 'foot', Marion Bay is the gateway to Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park. With surf, swimming beaches, secluded rock pools, an abundance of wildlife and a variety of fishing this is a paradise worth exploring.

Marion Bay Tavern
Marion Bay Tavern’s menu features fresh and innovative dishes including the signature dish, the 'Marion Oscar', which is premium scotch fillet, chat potatoes, Asian greens, served with Moreton Bay Bugs and lime dill mayo.  Or try a flavoursome wood-fired pizza prepared fresh in-house and cooked in a wood fired authentic corrugated-iron pizza oven.

Studio Surf
With a focus on nature & coastal inspired art, Studio Surf features artworks by self-taught artist Jason Swales, and other pieces by talented locals including driftwood art, silver pieces, glasswork and much more. It’s also a café with delicious barista made coffee and sweet treats.

Reef Encounters Fishing Charters
Book a fishing charter with Reef Encounters to explore the waters off Southern Yorke Peninsula and get access to some of the best fishing spots in the region. Launching from stunning Pondalowie Bay in Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, Reef Encounters offers a range of deep-sea fishing charters and accommodation packages, with access to some of the most sensational deep offshore fishing South Australia has to offer.

Marion Bay Ocean Safari
Join the team from Marion Bay Ocean Safari on a short cruise through stunning waters off Pondalowie Bay and Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park. Offering short coastal and island cruises to fully bespoke experiences for small groups, expect to encounter dolphins, seals, birds, whales (in season) and sensational scenery.

Willyama Beach
Located on the southern end of Marion Bay and around the headland from the main beach, Willyama Beach is a family-friendly stretch of beach accessible via a walkway from the headland. Willyama Beach is popular all year round, from a summer or spring day at the beach to a brisk winter beach walk.


The Yorke Peninsula is the traditional lands of the Narungga (Nharangga) people, who have lived on, and cared for, this country since the beginning of time. We work, live and travel on Nharannga Banggara [Country], and we take time away from those pursuits to acknowledge and pay our deep respects to the Nharangga Elders of the past and present. 

Today, it is essential that we continue to care for and protect our spectacular natural environment. Tread lightly and leave no trace. Learn more about responsible and respectful travel on Yorke Peninsula.