Things TO Do
Just a taste of the things to do & places to see while visiting Yorke Peninsula...
Walk the Yorke
Enjoy the serenity on the Walk the Yorke trail; a 500-kilometre shared walking, cycling and leisure trail which follows the coastline of Yorke Peninsula.
Kids will enjoy the flying fox at Wallaroo’s Adventure Park; Kadina’s Victoria Square has the historic APEX Express train to explore, and the Tourism Centre has an indoor play cafe.
You can walk around the lake at Yorketown’s Weaners Flat reserve and take in the sea views at Port Broughton, Stansbury and Port Vincent’s foreshore playgrounds.
In warmer months, you can enjoy Copper Coast’s Splash Town water park and Wateroo swimming enclosure.
The home of good ideas
Clearing mallee stumps used to be back-breaking work - that’s until some bright spark on Yorke Peninsula invented the Stump Jump Plough.
This South Australian icon made cropping viable and the factory, which now houses the Ardrossan Museum, was the most up-to-date in the Southern Hemisphere until 1907.
A taste of Cornish history
No stay on Yorke Peninsula’s Copper Coast is complete without tasting a Cornish Pasty.
A legacy of the Cornish Miners, you can find more Cornish Pasties per square kilometre in each town (especially Moonta!) than anywhere else in South Australia.
Rake up a feast
Think dining out on crab is expensive? It’s not if you’re armed with sharp eyes, a cheap rake, old sneakers and a floating tub to store your haul of Blue Swimmer crabs.
Caught in great numbers during summer, try your luck along the beaches from Stansbury to Port Gawler, along the Copper Coast or around Port Broughton.
Innes National Park
With majestic headlands, sweeping beaches and beautiful bays, Innes National Park is a wilderness haven with views that will leave you breathless.
Camp behind sandhills and listen to the waves crash on beaches, visit the ruins of Inneston village or hike through coastal mallee keeping an eye out for emus, kangaroos, tammar wallabies, 120 species of birds and Southern Right Whales cruising by in winter.
Your own private island
You’ll have secluded Troubridge Island all to yourself…well apart from 1,000 little penguins, 30,000 migratory shore birds and maybe a few playful dolphins that share this conservation park off Edithburgh.
The lighthouse keepers cottage sleeps up to 10 people and stands next to the only pre-fabricated cast iron lighthouse in South Australia built in 1856 (now retired).
Cheers to us
Drink an Aussie beer and chances are you’re sampling a little part of Yorke Peninsula, with our worldclass barley used in some of the country’s best brews. So why not head to a pub or the Watsacowie Brewery at Minlaton, meet the locals and drink a cold beer?
It’s not just barley that grows around here: grape vines thrive as well. Drop by Yorke Peninsula’s first commercial vineyard and winery, Barley Stacks Wines, for a taste of estate grown wines that are processed and bottled on site.
A rare Red Devil
More than 6,000 people cheered when Captain Harry Butler landed his World War 1 Bristol Monoplane, Red Devil, on the first mail delivery across the sea from Adelaide to Minlaton in 1919.
Today, the restored plane stands at the town’s entrance and is believed to be the only genuine one of its kind left in the world.
Did you know?
With the ocean on three sides, Yorke Peninsula is one of the few places in Australia where you can see the sun rise and set over the sea.
Why not grab some fish and chips and watch the sunset over Spencer Gulf?
Take a dive
Explore two dive trails: the Wardang Island Maritime Heritage Trail with eight shipwrecks and the Investigator Strait Shipwreck Trail highlighting 10 of the 26 vessels wrecked in the area.
If snorkelling is more your thing, explore the colourful world that awaits under Edithburgh Jetty or at Port Moorowie and Parsons Beach reefs.
Catch of the Day
From giant snapper to garfish and whiting, Yorke Peninsula’s pristine waters are teeming with fish just waiting to be caught. Dangle a line from a jetty, try your luck at a surf beach or for a truly unforgettable experience, book a fishing charter with a local expert.
To find out more grab a copy of the free Yorke Peninsula fishing guide.
The first of its kind in South Australia and the largest in Australia, Windara Reef is a shellfish restoration reef in Gulf St Vincent and offers great fishing for recreational fishers with fish species including King George whiting & snapper.
Visit a ghost town
Once home to 150 miners, shopkeepers and their families in the early 1900s, the gypsum mining town of Inneston in the heart of Innes National Park, is long abandoned.
Discover the ruins of the post office, general store, factory, bakery and stables along the 2km Inneston Historic Walk or rent one of the renovated miner’s lodges and stay the night.
Wind your way through the ruins of the Moonta Mines National Heritage Area or enjoy a train ride into the town’s copper mining past.
The Moonta Mines Museum provides a fascinating glimpse into the town’s Cornish history while a visit to the Moonta Mines Sweet Shop with its old style lollies, sherbets, and delicious fizzy drinks is a must!
Bird’s eye view
For a view of the peninsula and across the gulf, you can’t beat the Ardrossan lookout. On a clear day you can see all the way to Adelaide.
Peer down one side of the hill to see a dolomite mine in action or over the other side to see grain silos being loaded during harvest.
Riding the waves
For some of Australia’s best surfing breaks, head to the southwest corner of Yorke Peninsula.
Watch experts in action at numerous body boarding and surfing competitions that take place each year or take to the water yourself.
Windjammers used to travel well-worn trade routes along the Yorke Peninsula coastline.
Find out about these magnificent sailing ships as well as the many shipwrecks that lie off the coast of Wardang Island at the Port Victoria Museum.
Beaches - all 700kms of them!
Whether you’re into beach cricket, fishing, snorkelling, boating, surfing, diving, swimming or just relaxing with a book, the perfect beach awaits.
Surrounded by water and with 700kms of pristine coastline to choose from, the sheltered sandy cove or wild waters of your dreams is always just a short stroll or drive away.
One of the most gorgeous stretches of coastline anywhere in South Australia is Black Point. From traditional weekend shacks to stunning new beach houses and no roads in between.
The only thing between you and the water is the white, sandy beach. It’s open for everyone to enjoy with several beach access points.
Put yourself in the shoes of a farming pioneer at The Farm Shed Museum. With a half acre of displays to explore including machinery, historic vehicles and even a 1950’s classroom, you’ll get a real taste of life on a farm.
To market, to market…
Nothing beats a true country market. Try the monthly markets at Curramulka, Edithburgh, Minlaton, Wallaroo or Kadina. The seasonal Stansbury Seaside Markets operate along the foreshore and the Maitland Markets open weekly.
For a seriously spooky experience, head to the Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum and join a Ghost Stories Tour to learn about the town’s haunted past – if you’re game enough.
Lest we forget
At the Bublacowie Military Museum you’ll experience the personal stories of local servicemen and women through medals, photos, uniforms and other memorabilia.
You don’t need to be a history buff to be touched by this special collection, housed at the Old Bublacowie School.
Perfect your swing
With such inspiring surroundings, you’re bound to play your best rounds of golf on the Yorke Peninsula.
Whether a pro or novice, there are numerous courses to choose from that take in stunning sea views or meander through natural bush. Take your own clubs or hire some locally.