I’ve been lucky enough to travel far and wide across SA, but I’ll never get enough of the Yorke Peninsula.
For 27 years, our family has called the Yorke Peninsula our second home, visiting as many times each year as we can. With endless memories splashing around picture-perfect bays and embarking on fishing expeditions, I know I’ll love this glorious coastline forever.
And the great thing is, it keeps getting better and better, with new businesses popping up that celebrate the natural beauty of the area. Here are a few of the phenomenal ways that you can experience the YP firsthand…
At the very tip of the Yorke Peninsula is one of SA’s best national parks — Dhilba Guuranda – Innes National Park. This is a natural wonder at its very best, with a rugged coastline, plenty of wildlife roaming around, excellent fishing activity, camping spots and bush walking trails.
If you’re an avid explorer, make sure to check out one of the lighthouses and the shipwreck of the Ethel, as well as historic Inneston — an abandoned township surrounded by bushland.
And for the beach babes out there, the sandy stretches of Innes National Park are what dreams are made of. Most campsites or heritage cottages are a short walk away from a pristine beach, so you can spend your days with sand between your toes. Not to mention the swimming is amazing, with iconic spots like the Shell Rock Pool just waiting for you to go for a float – the glassy water is home to some exotic sea life in a warm and protected pool. Nature at its finest!
Oh wow, Seafire you have our hearts. This iconic accommodation on the Yorke Peninsula is the sister spot to Yondah Beachouse and it’s just as beautiful! This luxury home is sitting pretty on 150 acres of secluded oceanfront land, and the views are something else.
Sleeping up to four guests, you’d be lucky to visit at any time of the year – in summer, soak in the sunshine and make the most of the beachside location and private beach; and in winter, snuggle up around the courtyard fireplace and watch the wild coast do its thing. And while you’re enjoying the remoteness of your own little slice of the peninsula, you’ll still be able to enjoy all the luxuries that Seafire offers, with all the creature comforts at your fingertips.
There’s nothing holding you back from getting up close and personal with the creatures of the sea when you climb aboard Marion Bay Ocean Safari! Book whichever tour floats your boat, whether you’d prefer to stay close to the coast to take in the views, abundant birdlife and seek out some dolphins; or take it a little further to Althorpe Island for some spectacular scenery and maybe even the chance to spot some seals.
You’ll tour in comfort on board the Vixen, a 45 foot boat that even has an enclosed walk in electric flushing toilet, ample undercover seating, vast deck space and retractable clears to stop any ocean spray. You won’t have to worry about a single thing, except keeping your eyes peeled for the wonders of Yorkes.
… your heart out at Bond Store Wallaroo! This almighty three-in-one is a microbrewery, distillery and restaurant and they can’t wait for you to visit and try their beautiful food and drinks.
The restaurant itself is all about celebrating local, something they do oh-so-well. A lot of the dishes (like their renowned steak and locally caught seafood) are cooked on the custom parrilla charcoal grill, bringing a boom of flavour to every bite. You can choose to indulge in a dish all on your own, but Bond Store would love you to share their food tapas style with your family and friends.
The microbrewery and distillery are schmick operations in themselves, and the bevvies they produce are next-level good. If you want to dive a little deeper, why not book one of their packages to become a’ Brewer for the Day’, where you can roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty to brew your own beer, before sitting down to a nice meal and some drinks at the end. There’s nothing like learning on the job!
And just like that, we’ve gone and created the perfect itinerary for your next trip to the Yorke Peninsula. Just a few hours away and you’re in a natural paradise — I know you’ll love this stunning region as much as I do.