Yorke Peninsula is one big coastal playground, with plenty of things to see and do for every member of the family.
Be carefree on the Yorke Peninsula
With the waters of Gulf St Vincent on the east and Spencer Gulf on the west, fresh seafood is everywhere you turn. Dine on blue swimmer crabs, crayfish or scallops plucked fresh from the sea. Try your luck at catching your own fish from a jetty.
An easy 60 minute drive north from Adelaide is Port Wakefield. This is where you can start exploring the Yorke Peninsula.
The driving is easy and best of all there are no traffic lights. Towns and attractions are close to each other, so travel is leisurely.
A holiday on the Yorke Peninsula comes with awesome surfing spots, great fishing and white, sandy beaches.
A coastal playground
Yorke Peninsula is one big coastal playground with plenty of things to see and do for every member of the family. The young ones will love the playgrounds at Stansbury and Yorketown, while everyone in the family will love Moonta's beachside water park, Splash Town.
Discover the Yorke Peninsula’s spectacular coastline as you “Walk the Yorke” along 500 kilometres of shared walking and cycling leisure trails. Download the Walk the Yorke trail map for more information. There are also several underwater trails which provide excellent diving opportunities for beginners and experienced divers alike.
Kids of all ages will enjoy the Moonta Mines Tourist Railway. Take a journey past historical sites that played a major role in Moonta's copper mining past. Visit a farm to see sheep dogs at work and sheep being shorn. Learn how to "throw a fleece" at a Poll Merino stud.
Enjoy a holiday on the coast like no other with picturesque surfing spots, pristine places to fish and kilometres of white, sandy beaches which make awesome beach cricket pitches.
The Yorke Peninsula features historic towns and landmarks. The town of Minlaton is known in some circles as the "barley capital of the world". You'll find barley from the Yorke Peninsula in most glasses of Australian beer.
The region's rich limestone soil makes it some of the best farmland in Australia. The Yorke Peninsula Home Grown Trail is your ticket for a behind-the-scenes view of life on a farm.
Camping in the bush
The region's national parks give you a chance to take in the picture postcard beauty of the region. There are native plants and animals in abundance. Find campsites dotted around the region, as well as throughout Innes National Park.
Spend your nights in a holiday home, a caravan park or camping in a national park. You will find accommodation to suit every budget and holiday plan.
To find out more, there are two accredited Visitor Information Centres on the Yorke Peninsula. These centres are open seven days a week and will provide you with any information you might need for your travels. They sell goodies to take home too!
From the Hummock Ranges in the north-east across to Port Broughton in the north, Yorke Peninsula is the traditional home of the Adjahdura people. You can still find artefacts in various townships, including Tiddy Widdy Beach, Moonta Bay, Point Pearce and Point Yorke. Take the Aboriginal Cultural Tour if you would like to know more about the area's Indigenous inhabitants.
Yorke Peninsula is full of surprises. In 1919, World War One pilot and aviation pioneer, Captain Harry Butler, made the first airmail flight from Adelaide to the Yorke Peninsula. He was the first man to fly across Gulf St Vincent and the first to fly over water in the southern hemisphere.
Captain Butler's Red Devil Bristol monoplane rests in a display hangar in Minlaton. It is believed to be the only genuine one of its kind left in the world.
Eat Local SA
Eat like a local on the Yorke Peninsula, with locally-caught seafood and a cold beer made from the region's barley. Eat Local is an easy way for you to eat and buy authentic South Australian food. Look for the Eat Local signs or visit Eat Local SA.
Learn more about the Yorke Peninsula's delicious seafood, Home Grown Trail, events, surf and sand. See why it's one of South Australia’s most popular holiday spots and plan your next trip with the Yorke Peninsula Visitor Guide. Visit the Yorke Peninsula website for more local information.
Download a Yorke Peninsula map to help find your way around the history in the north (Wallaroo, Kadina, Moonta), nature in the south (Innes National Park) and spectacular coastline all the way around.
Take it easy
Travel at your own pace and stop when you want to take in the sights. Fuel is available in most towns, as well as snacks and travel essentials. Be mindful that petrol stations close early in these areas, usually around 5pm or 6pm.
Follow South Australia’s stunning coastline from the Yorke Peninsula to the state’s far west coast on the Seafood Frontier road trip. It's the ultimate seafood safari.
Travel by coach
Two daily bus services leave the Adelaide Central Bus Station on Franklin Street. Yorke Peninsula Coaches run two services. One services the northern part of the peninsula, including the Copper Coast. The other stops at all major towns from Port Wakefield to Yorketown. An inter-town route also connects towns in the southern part of the region.
Copper Triangle cabs
Yorke Peninsula is too far from Adelaide to make taxi transport a practical option. The Copper Triangle Taxi Service in Kadina, however, services Yorke Peninsula seven days a week. In addition to standard cabs, it offers wheelchair access and a small bus for up to 11 people.
Ask a local
The Visitor Information Centres located at Kadina and Minlaton are open seven days a week and the friendly staff are always on hand to help you with your plans, so drop in and say hi.
Visit the Yorke Peninsula website for more local information.