A 3 hour drive from Adelaide will bring you to Yorke Peninsula's infamous shipwreck coast. Yondah beach house is located only 25 km from Marion Bay and the spectacular Innes National Park.
There’s lots to see on ‘Yorkes’ and it’s all contained within a relatively small area bounded on three sides by the sea. Call into the Harvest Corner Information Centre in Minlaton to find out more.
One of South Australia’s jewels, this park has it all… truly spectacular scenery, scary clifftop walks, shipwrecks, the Cape Spencer lighthouse and the restored historic mining village of Inneston. It is also home to more than 100 species of bird including the rare western whipbird and malleefowl. The Park’s high energy coastline and world class breaks also make Innes one of Australia’s great surfing drawcards.
Marion Bay is a sleepy little coastal town with jetty, general store and long, wide beaches. You can relax on the sand with the best fish and chips ever. You can enjoy a great lunch at the fully-licensed restaurant in the Marion Bay Tavern. Better still try one of their wood-fired pizzas for dinner, they're to die for!
Southern Yorke Peninsula is one of South Australia’s key diving areas. The Investigator Strait Maritime Heritage Trail attracts divers from all over the world and features 26 shipwrecks and a wealth of marine life. Look for sealions, seahorses, Port Jackson sharks, huge eagle rays and the rare leafy sea dragon.
Yorke Peninsula’s waters provide some of the best fishing and boating in the state. Butlers Beach, less than 5 km away, is famous for its whiting and mulloway (open from August to June). If you’re into deep-sea fishing, you can launch your boat from the natural boat ramp at Foul Bay only 3 km away. Or hire a fishing charter for the day from Marion Bay.
The coast road right round the ‘foot’ of Yorke Peninsula is particularly scenic with opportunities to access wide sandy beaches (the sort that Europeans can only dream about!) and rambling clifftop trails. The turquoise waters of both gulfs are generally calm and sheltered while the ocean along the ‘bottom end’ can be stirringly Byronesque after wild winter storms.
Try the coastal drive from Edithburgh to Port Moorowie. First you are treated to a very 'War of the Worlds' experience as you pass through the wind farm then you find yourself negotiating the winding coast road past the Troubridge lighthouse literally on the cliff edge and with no crash barrier!
Petrol: Fill up at all the larger towns and at Marion Bay but please note that petrol stations often close early on Yorke Peninsula.
Basic food supplies: Available from Marion Bay, while Yorketown has a full-size supermarket, hardware and other shops. Foul Bay is a small coastal fishing village with a boat ramp but no shops.
Please note that the coast road between Pt Moorowie and Marion Bay is unsealed. Mobile phones work in the towns but reception is patchy at Yondah, however Next G mobile and internet reception is ok at Yondah.