Wild, windswept, and wonderful, Australia’s Yorke Peninsula is a place to explore nature’s beauty and dine on scrumptious fresh fruits of the sea and land. Ker & Downey shares some of our favorite ways to discover this remote and remarkable part of southern Australia. It’s just a preview of what you can expect to discover on our own South Australia Explorer journey, perfectly customized to your own wishes.
Splash along the crashing surf at one of the many beautiful sand dune-scattered beaches. Swim in the refreshing surf, go fishing, or learn to surf at Pondalowie Bay and Richards Breaks. There are so many secluded areas to choose from; Shell Beach, Berry Bay, and the Horsehoe. Snorkel to find a brilliant underwater world teeming with reefs, rays, sharks, and seahorses at one of the marine parks. Search for buried stories of the past along the Investigator Straight Shipwreck Trail, featuring dozens of shipwrecks; some can even be seen when the tide is low. Watch blue crabs scuttle in the shallow pools, build sandcastles, or wander the beach looking for shells. In some places, your footprints will be the only ones in the sand. Set sail to Troubridge Island to visit its 1850s lighthouse and a crowd of curious little penguins and home to a wide variety of nesting birds. Lighthouses dot the region as do coastal towns where friendly locals stop to chat. Nature’s bounty beckons to those who love being outdoors. Unwind at Yondah Beach House after a day of leisurely wandering.
Removed from the buzz of Adelaide, Australia’s Yorke Peninsula provides a much slower and quieter pace. The city is only 37 miles away, but the Innes National Park on the southwestern region of the peninsula seems like another world. Explore the abandoned mining town of Inneston, dating back to 1900 when gypsum and copper were discovered in the area. Ker & Downey can arrange a private guide to take you on a walk to learn about the ancient Aboriginal cultures that have long inhabited this pristine corner of the Yorke Peninsula. Stenhouse Bay’s water gloriously transforms from a sparkling turquoise to a deep blue, both in stunning contrast to the white sands. Watch a wild emu cross the road, kangaroos jump along, and dolphins leap through the sea. Jagged cliffs welcome crashing waves and the fresh salty air fills your lungs.
Walk the Yorke
This serene slice of Australia is a place where time seems to have stood still. Walk along the winding hiking trail that circuits the peninsula. Discover secluded beaches, historic lighthouses, rocky clifftops with breathtaking views, and coves that are only accessible on foot. Watch migratory birds soar and sing at the Coobowie estuary and in the spring, enjoy the wild orchids that blanket the land. Make sure to rise early to catch the sunrises blazing a burst of color across the sky.
Wine and Dine
Set sail on a small boat to catch, shuck, and eat fresh oysters after some hard work as the captain’s “decki.” The cuisine in the Yorke Peninsula is bursting with flavors from the sea. On land, there’s also a hearty bounty to be found. The northern part of the peninsula was once known for its copper mining. The grand buildings are a testament to this wealth and the Cornish miners that came to work here left their mark on the regional cuisine. Bite into a Cornish pasty from one of the local bakeries and sip on wine at Barley Stacks Wines set within the barley belt.
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