18 Oct 2021
Outback roads High river flows


Kick back in a holiday shack where the beach is literally on your doorstep. Feel the sand between your toes and the salty breeze in your hair. Don’t wonder about the one that got away – it’s waiting at the end of your line cast at one of the Yorke Peninsula’s famous fishing spots. Road trip around the Yorke Peninsula's sandy playground and discover pristine beaches, secluded hideaways, winding roads, quirky towns and sprawling national parks on the Coastal Way road trip. Download the Coastal Way road trip map and follow our guide for the best things to see and do along the way between Marion Bay and Moonta Bay.


Daly Head National Surfing Reserve 

Daly Head National Park
Daly Head National Park

The surf’s always up on the Yorke Peninsula and the breaks off the coast of Daly Head National Park have become the stuff of surfing legend. On the southwest coast of the peninsula a stone’s throw from the small seaside village of Corny Point, the conditions of Daly Head’s pristine waters are renowned as some of the best for surfing in Australia and the world. One of only 19 National Surfing Reserves across Australia, keen surfers from around the country and abroad flock to these waters to carve up the impressive waves. Conveniently, there’s a bush camp right on the coast so you can pitch a tent and spend a few days soaking in the surf, sand and sun. Here's our guide to South Australia's best surf spots.

Port Hughes

Port Hughes, Yorke Peninsula
Port Hughes, Yorke Peninsula

Reel in a whopper from Port Hughes, one of the best spots to cast a line on the Yorke Peninsula. Anglers flock to these waters with blue swimmer crabs, garfish, tommies and squid regular fare from the iconic long jetty. If you want to sup on seafood without having to catch it yourself, then head for The Deck Bar & Cafe. With glorious views over the dunes and the ocean, it's the perfect place to eat, drink and relax. Behind the café lies the Copperclub Golf Course so you can tee-up after lunch and enjoy a spot of golf on a PGA standard course, designed by Australian golf legend Greg Norman. Port Hughes is also home to one of the most picturesque beaches on the peninsula and boasts an abundance of accommodation options - including the popular beachfront Port Hughes Tourist Park.

Moonta Bay

Moonta Bay, Yorke Peninsula
Moonta Bay, Yorke Peninsula

The shallow waters around Moonta Bay are a favourite for city-living families looking to get away from it all. This idyllic summer escape is the perfect spot to unplug, unwind and spend long summer days swimming, surfing and fishing aong the shoreline and watching the sunset over the ocean. Just a scenic two-hour drive from Adelaide, the waters around here are also teeming with delicious blue swimmer crabs at the right time of year (locals tell us that’s every month with an ‘r’ in its name). Moonta’s rich history has earned the town national heritage status and you can uncover its famous past on one of the Moonta Mines Walking Trails or inside the Moonta Mines Museum. Make sure you stop by at one of the bakeries to sample one of Moonta’s famous Cornish pasties – a delicious remnant from the historic town’s mining past. 


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