Fishing, boating, surfing, swimming, camping, bushwalking and wildlife; there's so much to see and do along kilometres of pristine coast on the Yorke Peninsula.
Just over an hour’s drive away from Adelaide and home to a whopping 700 kilometres of pristine coast, the Yorke Peninsula is one of South Australia’s most accessible seaside escapes.
Spend your days lounging on sandy-white shores and cooling off at one of the local breweries before retreating to you chic Hamptons-style cottage just minutes from the breathtaking Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, or wind your way along the coast on the Coastal Way road trip.
DHILBA GUURANDA-INNES NATIONAL PARK
Coastal landscapes with rugged cliffs and sandy beaches provide the backdrop of Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park. Discover fantastic opportunities to enjoy camping, bushwalking, fishing, maritime history and surfing.
Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park is a favourite for camping, fishing and surfing. Bushwalking is a great way to discover the park, with trails ranging from 30-minute strolls to four-hour treks. You’ll spot an abundance of birds and animals while you catch some of the best coastal views in South Australia. All of the park is accessible by 2WD, so it’s perfect for day visits and a paradise for beach lovers.
There is something for everyone at Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park. Visit one of the lighthouses and the shipwreck of the Ethel to learn about the tumultuous maritime history of South Australia. Explore historic Inneston, an abandoned township surrounded by bushland. Take a stroll from your campsite down to the beach for a spot of fishing, or base yourself in one of the restored heritage cottages dotted throughout historic Inneston.
MOONTA MINES MUSEUM
The Moonta Mines Museum is located in the former Moonta Mines Model School.
Erected in 1878, this building now houses displays on the Cornish miners' lifestyles - mining, lodges and friendly societies, sports and pastimes, death and hardship.
Other exhibits include extensive displays of costume, china, silverware, photographs and memorabilia and a classroom furnished circa 1900.
There is also a display on the World Wars.
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 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.
MURRAY RIVER SAFARI
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 on one of Yorke Peninsula’s famous fishing spots.
Road trip around the Yorke Peninsula's sandy playground and discover pristine beaches, secluded hideaways, quirky towns and sprawling national parks on the Coastal Way road trip.
Download the Coastal Way road trip map and follow the guide to the best things to see and do along the Coastal Way road trip.
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, fishing, fossicking along the shoreline and watching the sunset over the ocean.
Just a scenic two-hour ride 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.
BUBLACOWIE MILITARY MUSEUM
Set in two acres of native shrubs and trees and built in the grounds of the former Bublacowie School, this privately owned museum and memorial gardens contains an extensive range of military memorabilia from WW1, WW11 and the Vietnam, Korea and Gulf wars as well as other heritage items.
Vietnam/Malay veteran Chris Soar BM built the museum to keep alive the memories of the sacrifices made by so many, and to help the young people of today learn about our military history.
The venue is set on two acres of native trees and shrubs, an oasis in the midst of the very rich wheat and barley growing area of Yorke Peninsula.
In the museum you'll find medals, uniforms and memorabilia such as American pistols, German lugers and machine guns, armament shells of all shapes and sizes, and a ghostly World War 1 gas mask.
Although the focus is on military memorabilia, the diversity of exhibits is amazing.