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Yorke Peninsula

Yorke Peninsula

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Just over an hour's drive from Adelaide, the Yorke Peninsula has a wealth of experiences waiting for you.

With its distinctive “boot” shape, the Yorke Peninsula boasts more than 700 kilometres of coastline. It's easy to find the perfect beach to get away from the rat race. You might even find a well kept secret fishing spot or perfect swell to surf.

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 plucked fresh from the sea or try your luck at catching your own fish from a jetty.

The ocean provides great fun and history. At the turn of the twentieth century, many ships sank along the treacherous coast. Learn about the boats and crews at the local museums or dive at sunken vessels.

The Yorke Peninsula features historic towns and landmarks. The town of Minlaton is known in some circles as the "barley capital of the world". The region's rich limestone soil makes it some of the best farmland in Australia.

The region's parks give you a chance to take in the picture postcard beauty of the region. There are native plants and animals in abundance.

You can spend your nights in a holiday home, caravan park or out camping. You'll find something for every budget and holiday plan.

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.

From the Hummock Ranges in the east, across to Port Broughton in the north, Yorke Peninsula is the traditional home of the Adjahdura people.

In 1919, World War One pilot Captain Harry Butler, made the first airmail flight from Adelaide to the Yorke Peninsula. He was the first man 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.


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