First stop on the Yorke was Port Germein, although the weather wasn’t the best, we took the time to walk out, along the historic jetty. The largest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere (apparently?!).
Further south we stopped into Harry's Homemade Jams, Pickles and Fine Foods to get some yummy spreads and a grabbed some fruit and vege. We decided our first night would be at the Port Pirie Beach Caravan Park. The park was quiet and the manager gave us a great spot overlooking onto the river. Had a look around town before heading off the next day.
Next stop was Port Broughton for a look and lunch stop. We had a squizz up at Fishermans bay, which is pretty much a small sleepy fishing village, filled with tiny houses / shacks. The waterfront parks at Port Broughton, were really nice. We relaxed on the green grass for ages soaking in the sun and serenity. We then headed down the road to Alford to camp overnight at the recreation park. It had a playground, massive sports field, flushing toilets and communal clothesline. It was a great spot for an overnighter and we happily left our donation in the kangaroo statue.
The following day, we skipped into Wallaroo and Moonta for a look, before heading down to our next spot ‘Tiparra Rocks’. This was a council permit camp – only $10 a night per vehicle, no facilities but it was in a great location. Despite the wikicamps comments we easily managed to get our caravan in and set up. There was only one other camper there, so plenty of space. We stayed 2 nights we loved it that much! Never the less, after 2 days of relax, we continued the expedition. Continuing south we stopped into the town of Minlaton. Grabbed a delish pie from the bakery, and some yummy chocolates from the Minlaton Chocolaterie.
Definitely worth a stop, they had plenty of different flavours of chocolate to choose from.
From there we headed to flatherty beach for an afternoon swim. Wow! We were blown away with its beauty. This beach is amazing and even better we had it all to ourselves for the afternoon. Checkout our picture, the water was so blue, the sand was so white and the tide went out quite far so plenty of pools to splash around in. Rusty loved it. Once we were all knackered out we headed 5 minutes down the road to Warooka to set up camp for the night. Another great overnighter and donation left.
Kurt was craving some prawns, so the next day we stopped in to the ‘Inland Sea Restaurant’ and grabbed a few kilos. Great prawns, very fresh and at a great price. The place was quite busy so we knew they would be good. We then head to Corny Point, for a look, in particular the light house. Not far from the lighthouse we found another beautiful secluded beach. Only a short walk down to the sand and we were in awe of this place. Kurt had a fish off the rocks whilst I and Rusty checked out the rock pools. The rocks reminded me of ‘bay of fires’ in Tassie. We haven’t been yet, but seen plenty of photos and there seemed to be a striking resemblance. We even spotted some seals playing in the water which was pretty cool.
We then headed to Daly heads for our next camp spot, another council permit site. Great spot for an overnighter! There is a massive staircase which lead down to the beach. It’s a popular spot for surfers as the conditions and waves are ideal. Lots of shingleback lizards around the place, so keep an eye out for em. Marion Bay was our next stop. We had pre booked ourselves into the Marion Bay Caravan Park over the xmas break so we had somewhere to stay. We had daily walks around penguin point and even dined at the tavern down the road. They are super pet friendly and even have a fenced area you can leave your dog while you eat inside.
We did a day trip into Innes National Park and oh my god, what a beautiful place that is! The beaches are ridiculous! I can see why people rave about this place. We loved checking out each walk / beach / sight throughout the park. The only bad thing was, when we went to check out the Inneston Historic town, we both got attacked by dozens of marsh flies. I think we lasted 10 minutes then ran (sprinter) back to the car. Was quiet funny at the time, but disappointed we didn’t get to see the historic town. [For those wondering, Rusty was happily napping in our van while we explored. Air conditioning and all - lucky dog! ]
After 3 nights in Marion we made tracks up to Edithburgh. We did detour in to the wattle wind farm for a look and squiz before setting up in the van park. The next day we then tracked up along the coast, stopping in at the sights along the way. The old Lime kiln in wool bay was unique to see, but a silly place to put a kiln - if you ask us. We made it to Port Vincent, for lunch and got some fish and chips – this place was bustling with families. A very popular spot with the sheltered beach. Continuing to track up the coast, we made it to Ardrossan - RV free camp for the night. It was a quiet spot for the night and only a short stroll to the beach and main esplanade.
From there we headed over to Adelaide, as we had booked ourselves into a site over the New Year’s period. (We don't want to miss out). Before making it to Adelaide we stopped into Port Wakefield, famous bakery - The Kipling Bakery! A great friend gave me the hot tip to get a passtie and kipling-bun – which we did. Wow, absolutely delicious! The line was out the door when we arrived, so again another indicator on how popular the place was.
So overall the Yorke Peninsula did not disappoint. Plenty of great spots to stop and see. We believed;
- The west side of the Yorke, had better council permit camp spots, compared to the east side.
- Innes national park is a no brainer – definitely check that place out.
- The weather was definitely warming up️ hence, why we visited a few more caravan parks than usual. Sometimes you just have to splurge out, and - considering it was in ‘peak time’ we got in everywhere we wanted and all at reasonable prices.
Thanks for the memories Yorke – we will definitely be back!