The spectacular Yorke Peninsula on Adelaide’s doorstep has long been a grey nomad magnet.
Its 700 kilometre coastline offers sensational scenery, fantastic beaches, fascinating history, excellent fishing … and some truly epic camping opportunities.
The boot-shaped peninsula is a little over an hour’s drive from the South Australian capital but might as well be a million miles away. As travellers head down the peninsula’s east coast, the Gulf St Vincent is never far away … and the views are very special.
The area around Androssan is just one of the many where magnificent clifftop lookouts allow visitors to enjoy the stunning vistas. Like many other towns in the region, Androssan boasts an impressive jetty which always lures grey nomad anglers dreaming of stocking the freezer.
There is history aplenty on the drive around the peninsula’s coastline. The discovery of copper ore back in the 1860s drew miners from all over the world, especially Cornwall in England. Evidence of this rich mining heritage is everywhere and the many museums offer a more detailed insight into the region’s past. They are also the obvious place to learn about the multitude of ships that sank along the treacherous coast at the turn of the 20th century.
As travellers meander their way southward, there are numerous picturesque coastal communities that are worth a visit. Black Point is just one, and the relaxed town of Coobowie, which is famed for its fresh shellfish, is another.
Marion Bay is on the doorstep of the peninsula’s piece de resistance, the truly magnificent Innes National Park. Here on the peninsula’s southern tip visitors will find the rugged Australian coastal landscape at its finest, and the park’s many bushwalks offer endless opportunities to enjoy panoramic views across the mighty Southern Ocean.
As well as offering prolific wildflowers in the spring, Innes is also home to a rich variety of wildlife and grey kangaaroos or emus commonly visit the park’s campsites. Birdwatching grey nomads will also be in their element here.
The road north along the western side cuts further inland away from the Spencer Gulf but is no less fascinating for it. The town of Minlaton is known as the ‘barley capital of the world’ while back on the coast, Moonta Bay’s old stone buildings are magnificent.
The Yorke Peninsula has got something for everybody and richly deserves a place high up on every Big Lap itinerary.