SOUTHERN OCEAN DRIVE: SEE THE FLEURIEU, LIMESTONE COAST AND KANGAROO ISLAND
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 Port Wakefield and Edithburgh.
PORT WAKEFIELD TO EDITHBURGH
The Ardrossan lookout provides a phenomenal birds eye view of the town, the coast and the extensive impact the dolomite quarry and silos have had on the region. Drop anchor at the Ardrossan heritage museum, which casts insight into the region's maritime chronicles (shipwrecks included!) or visit Emoyeni Wines, a boutique family run winery that is family friendly too.
Overlooking the calm waters of St Vincent Gulf on the east side of the Yorke Peninsula, locals flock to the seaside village of Port Vincent for its safe, sheltered beach and laid-back coastal lifestyle. Soak up the sun on the sandy shores of the town’s protected stretch of sand, before diving into the tranquil turquoise water from the famous wharf jump, before refuelling with fish and chips from the popular beach side kiosk. Make the most of Port Vincent’s calm waters and hire a kayak or stand up paddle board from Port Vincent Outdoors to explore the coastline, or cast a line off the jetty and haul in garfish, squid, snook, flathead and King George whiting. When dinner calls, settle down at a table by the sea at the Ventnor Hotel for a quality pub meal. By night, check-in to the beachfront Port Vincent Foreshore Caravan Park or Seaside Cabins, or settle down at one of the town’s many beach side shacks.
If you’re feeling hungry on the road, stop off at Stansbury; the stronghold for an impressive bounty of fresh oysters hauled straight from the Yorke Peninsula's waters. Pluck oysters fresh from the ocean yourself and be a deckie for the day on a working oyster boat with Pacific Estate Oysters. Journey out to oyster leases, learn the tricks of the trade, then shuck and chow down on the freshest oysters you’ll find. If oysters aren’t your thing, then seaside bliss awaits on Stansbury’s picturesque Oyster Bay, with calm waters making it the ideal spot for a dip. You’ll likely get to meet the locals too - dolphins are often spotted frolicking in the sheltered waters in the morning and evening. From October to May, the monthly Stansbury Markets take over the foreshore with stalls selling everything from fresh oysters, to wine, arts and crafts, pastries and fishing supplies.