Yorke Peninsula’s Historic Hotspots
Yorke Peninsula is a fantastic holiday destination for families to visit all year round. With beautiful coastline, fruitful fishing spots and plenty of casual food and dining options for the kids.
Yorkes also has a varied and interesting history with dedicated cultural tours, museums and national parks to help you learn all about it.
From Yorke Peninsula’s Aboriginal people to European settlers, there’s a strong focus on historical significance throughout the region, and lots of fun ways to get familiar with it.
The Yorke Peninsula has always been home to the Adjahdura Aboriginal tribe. Often referred to as the Narungga people, sacred aboriginal sites exist throughout the region and you can learn about this with Aboriginal Cultural Tours.
With Aboriginal Cultural Tours guide Quenten Agius, you can find out how and where Aboriginal people migrated when European settlers came to Yorke Peninsula and the effect colonisation has had on their tribes. Discover the art, music and dance of the Adjahdura people and how they tell dreamtime stories and pass the cultural beliefs on from generation to generation.
After European settlers had set up the Aboriginal missionaries around Point Pearce, copper mining began throughout the Copper Coast around Kadina. This resulted in a huge mining boom that attracted Cornish ancestors to the area and the Cornish heritage remains present today.
The area between Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta became known as ‘Little Cornwall’, then ‘Copper Triangle’ and finally ‘Copper Coast’, and it’s in these 3 towns you’ll learn about the people who mined it. The Moonta National Trust covers everything from railways and cottages to mining and of course the Moonta Mines Sweet Shop, which can’t be missed.
Wallaroo focuses more on maritime history with the Heritage and Nautical Museum. Here you’ll find out about the days of sail and steam, copper smelting and local legend George the Giant Squid.
Other Museums well worth a visit include:
- Ardrossan Museum
- Bublacowie Military Museum
- Edithburgh Museum
- Minlaton Museum
- Port Broughton Heritage Centre
- Port Victoria Maritime Museum
- Stansbury Museum
- Yorketown Historical Society
- Farm Shed Museum Kadina
Don’t forget to sample a taste of history visiting the Cornish Kitchen in Moonta and trying a delicious Cornish Pasty.
Innes National Park
If walking and taking in coastal views is on your list of things to do then you can’t go past the Inneston Historic Walk.
Innes National Park is located at the southernmost tip of Yorke Peninsula and is popular amongst campers, walkers, surfers and fishing enthusiasts. The coast too has an incredibly important indigenous history, so take the time to understand a bit about the tribes who once inhabited it and the indigenous peoples who call it home today.
History Festival - May 2018
There are plenty of events happening on Yorke Peninsula during South Australia's History Festival...
- Bringing History to Life, Kadina - Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm), Saturday & Sunday (10am to 4pm)
- Bublacowie & Minlaton Museums Bus Trip - Wednesday 16th May
- Local and Family History, Kadina - Tuesday (10am to 12pm) & Wednesday (2pm to 4pm)
Once Upon a Time: Stories of South Australian Childhood, Port Broughton - Tuesday & Thursday (1pm to 3pm)
Opening Ceremony of New Information Centre and Heritage Museum, Ardrossan - Sunday 6th May; museum open Monday to Friday (9am to 3pm), Saturday (10am to 1pm) & Sunday (2pm to 4pm)
Port Broughton Historical Walk - Monday to Friday (9.30am to 3.30pm), Saturday (9am to 12pm)
Port Broughton Sailing & Boat Club Boatshed Complex Meander - Wednesday (2pm to 4pm)
The Door is Just the Beginning, Stansbury - Sunday to Wednesday (2pm to 4pm)
Other historical calendar events
- Embrace the Cornish way of life at the Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival - May 2019
- Celebrate agricultural history at the Yorke Peninsula Field Days - September 2019
The whole family will love the historical Yorke Peninsula. See you there!