Yorke Peninsula Towns – Our Favourite Destinations!
Planning a trip to the Yorke Peninsula? Wondering where to visit? How to spend your time?
From Port Broughton at the top of the peninsula, to Marion Bay and Innes National Park at the southern tip, there’s so much to choose from. Stunning beaches, national parks, fishing spots, adventure playgrounds, historic adventures… it’s enough to keep you very, very busy!
If you’re looking for recommendations to add to your Yorke Peninsula bucket list, check out our favourite destinations.
At the top of the peninsula is our pretty seaside town – Port Broughton. You’ll love it here. Enjoy scrumptious seafood and spectacular sunsets, book a fishing charter or go for a stroll along the Fisherman’s Bay walk.
You’ve probably heard part of the Yorke Peninsula referred to as the ‘Copper Coast’. Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo are the towns that make up this part of the peninsula, named after the copper that was mined here a century ago. You can’t visit this region without at least learning a bit about our history, so prepare to step back in time.
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History buffs will love Kadina, particularly the Kadina Historic Walk and Kadina Historic Drive. The Farmshed Museum is a hit for all ages with an extensive farm machinery collection and a history of life on the land. Matta House (pictured) is part of the exhibit. The Kadina Playground is a must-do, so if you have kids be sure to stop for a picnic and a play. Kadina’s the biggest town on the Peninsula and also a good spot for shopping.
The Moonta Mines Train and Museum is very popular. Take a historical train ride around the Moonta Mines then head across the road (and back in time!) to the old-fashioned Lolly Shop. In warmer months families must pay a visit to Splash Town water park, be sure to check the website for opening dates, generally late September to late April each year. Oh and don’t forget to visit the Coffee Barn and Gelataria, especially if you love pancakes and icecream. Yum.
The Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum is the most popular attraction in the pretty town of Wallaroo. See George the Giant Squid (found in the belly of a whale in 1980!). You’ll also find another Adventure Playground in Wallaroo, the kids will be happy.
Pop into Maitland and stretch your legs on the historic walking trail past heritage buildings and the Museum. Markets are open every Thursday & Friday, or check out Barley Stacks Wines for some winery fun.
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Do not miss the Watsacowie Brewery, a relaxing, rustic, boutique brewery with a large range of craft beer. Soak up the atmosphere with live music (check their website for details) and great food. You simply cannot leave without a visit to the Minlaton Chocolaterie though, renowned for exceptional chocolate, delicious pastries and coffee roasted on site.
Add Yorketown to the itinerary and visit Ballywire Farm, Tea Rooms and Minigolf. A fully working interactive farm and sanctuary, visitors are encouraged to interact with the animals and join in farm activities. The Bublacowie Military Museum is also worth a visit.
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Take a drive down to Marion Bay and check out the picturesque Marion Bay Jetty. Butler’s Beach is simply a slice of paradise. Stop at the Marion Bay Tavern for eats and drinks.
More Helpful Info about the Yorke Peninsula
When you’ve had enough of visiting towns and popular tourist destinations, head off the beaten track and enjoy the great outdoors.
Innes National Park
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The Innes National Park is spectacular and there’s plenty to do for the adventurous at heart. Famous for its big surf, shipwrecks and pristine beaches, Innes National Park is an awesome spot for a day trip. Think surfing, scuba diving, fishing, bushwalking and wildlife spotting. Check out Pondalowie Bay for consistent waves or head to Chinamans for experienced surfers. There’s also ruins of the old mining town of Inneston to explore.
Loads more information here: https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/
Surfing on the Yorke Peninsula
Yorke is home to world-renowned surfing spots, see https://yorkepeninsula.com.au/surfing
Bushwalking / Hiking on the Yorke Peninsula
Hikes on the Yorke Peninsula: visit https://www.walkingsa.org.au/walk/find-a-place-to-walk/region/yorke-peninsula/
Diving on the Yorke Peninsula
Diving on the Yorke Peninsula: See https://www.visityorkepeninsula.com.au/explore/diving-and-snorkeling
We’d love for you to explore some of our favourite places on the Yorke Peninsula. We know you’re going to have an amazing time learning about the history of our area, enjoying the great outdoors and soaking up the scenery in this beautiful part of South Australia.