Enjoy the Yorke Peninsula at your own pace, by car. A short drive will take you from one town to the next, providing lots of new experiences.
Take the time to discover more
Enjoy the journey at your own pace, in your own car. There are many great towns and experiences to discover on the Yorke Peninsula and lots are featured on the Coastal Way road trip.
Fuel is readily available in most towns and there are convenient rest stops along most major roads. Keep in mind that some petrol stations close early, usually around 5pm or 6pm.
From Adelaide, head up the east coast of Gulf St Vincent and stop off at St Kilda Adventure Playground and Port Gawler Conservation Park. Port Wakefield, at the top of the gulf, is a great place to stop for lunch before heading off again.
The Yorke Peninsula's picturesque winding roads are perfect for self-drive road trips.
Under the shade of pine trees
Travel north-west from Port Wakefield and meander across the top of the Yorke Peninsula. Take a break in scenic Bute before driving further along to the coastal town of Port Broughton. Stroll along the esplanade and relax under the shade of the Norfolk Island pine trees.
Travel south and absorb the history of the Copper Coast or relax on a sparkling beach at Wallaroo, Port Hughes or Moonta Bay.
Along the east side, Stansbury is a great place to start if you're a seafood lover. A leisurely drive south along the Yorke Peninsula coastline will take you through the hamlet of Wool Bay and the grain hub of Port Giles.
Experience the relaxed atmosphere of Coobowie, where you can pick up some fresh shellfish, harvested just offshore. Choose to drive along to Edithburgh or go a few kilometres south. Take a look at the Wattle Point Wind Farm which is one of South Australia's largest.
For something different, try the Yorke Peninsula top-to-toe self-drive itinerary. Over four days, discover stunning beaches, friendly coastal towns, spectacular national parks and historic mining villages.
Get back to nature
Explore the bottom of the Yorke Peninsula “foot”. Start out at Yorketown or Warooka and then head deep into Innes National Park, which spans more than 9,400 hectares.
Make Marion Bay your home base and explore the coast up to Corny Point. Drive through the park and visit the many lookouts on the way. There are some great surfing spots, including Daly Head – a world-class surfing location. If you're keen to cast a line, you'll find some popular fishing destinations nearby. Getting there is half the fun. As you drive through native bushland, keep an eye out for kangaroos, wallabies and emus.
For a more inland adventure, try heading through the heart of barley country, from Minlaton to Port Victoria and Maitland.
If you'd like to try four-wheel driving (4WD) around the Yorke Peninsula, there are a few spots to check out, like Parson's Beach, near Minlaton. Remember, if you're going to be driving on sand, it's useful to lower your tyres (always re-inflate them when you get back to the road). It’s a good idea to carry a long-handled shovel.
Never travel alone. Travel in a group, preferably with someone experienced and who knows the area. Some parts of the Yorke Peninsula are quite isolated and don't have much traffic. A UHF radio and a GPS beacon are also recommended. Ask the Visitor Information Centre for more details.
If you’re unsure about four-wheel driving (4WD), there are great tour options available, so you won’t miss out.