Port Wakefield to Port Clinton
Distance: 32.8km (8 hours 12 minutes)
Start your walk from the Port Wakefield Caravan Park, following the signs towards the north and along the edge of the Clinton Conservation Park.
The Port Wakefield to Port Clinton section of Walk The Yorke is designed to be walked as one section (32.8km). It can also be broken down into 2 sections Port Wakefield to Port Arthur 15km (3 hours 45 mins), and Port Arthur to Port Clinton 17.8km (4 hours 27 mins).
This walk takes you through part of the Samphire Coast, with unique ecosystems and mangroves, and a haven for migratory birds.
You will walk around the perimeter of the Clinton Conservation Park, which stretches from Port Wakefield to Port Clinton. It covers an area of 396 hectares, with much of it mangrove swamp, but also important breeding grounds for a variety of marine life.
Port Arthur was once an active area, with a hotel and a port for shipping goods from Arthurton and now has a roadside camping area for travellers. As you continue along the trail, you will go past the historic Port Arthur Gaol, sheep troughs and water catchments & dams created by ingenious early settlers.
The trail takes you inland from the highway, and a shelter provides an opportunity for 180 degree views of the Hummocks and Gulf St Vincent.
To help plan your walk, download the Port Wakefield to Port Clinton map.
All distances are one-way, as Walk The Yorke is a continuous linear trail covering more than 500kms.
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Walking Distances & Times
Total length 32.8km, 8 hours 12 minutes; or broken into 2 smaller sections:
- Port Wakefield to Port Arthur 15km (3 hours 45 minutes)
- Port Arthur to Port Clinton 17.8km (4 hours 27 minutes)
Trail Notes & Important Information
Just north of Port Wakefield as you begin your walk, there is a creek crossing which can be difficult for walkers to cross in wet weather. It is recommended that walkers follow Highway One north from Port Wakefield for 1.1km before turning onto Ketch Road on the left hand side of the highway then right onto Annie Watt Street which joins up with the trail following the disused railway line.
For cyclists, it is advised to follow the highway from Port Wakefield to Port Arthur.
To help plan your journey during wet weather, download the alternate route map.
The remainder of the Port Wakefield to Port Clinton section remains accessible through wet weather periods.