Yorke Peninsula Driving Trips
An easy drive
Enjoy the journey at your own pace, in your own car. A short drive will take you from one town to the next, bringing with it all new experiences.
Most roads are straight and in good condition. Fuel is readily available in most towns and there are convenient rest stops along most major roads. Keep in mind that petrol stations close early, usually around 5pm or 6pm.
Take an easy drive from Adelaide. Head up the east coast of Gulf St Vincent and stop off at St Kilda Adventure Playground and Port Gawler Conservation Park. Port Wakefield sits at the top of the gulf and is a great place to have lunch before you continue on your journey.
Under the shade of pine trees
From there, meander across the top of the Yorke Peninsula and take a break in scenic Bute, as you continue to Port Broughton. Stroll along the esplanade, under the shade of the Norfolk Island pine trees.
Travel south along the Copper Coast. Seafood lovers, start your journey in Stansbury. A leisurely drive south along the Yorke Peninsula coastline will take you through the hamlet of Wool Bay and the grain hub of Port Giles.
Experience the relaxed atmosphere of Coobowie, where you can pick up some fresh shellfish, harvested just offshore. Choose to drive along to Edithburgh or go a few kilometres south. Take a look at the Wattle Point Wind Farm, one of South Australia's largest.
Get back to nature
Explore the bottom of the Yorke Peninsula “foot”. Start out at Yorketown or Warooka and then head deep into Innes National Park. Make Marion Bay your home base and explore the coast up to Corny Point. Drive through the park and visit the many lookouts on the way. There are some great surfing spots. Cast a line. You'll find some popular fishing destinations nearby. Getting there is half the fun. As you drive through native bushland, keep an eye out for kangaroos, wallabies and emus.
For a more inland adventure, try heading through the heart of barley country, from Minlaton to Port Victoria and Maitland.
If you'd like to try a bit of four wheel driving (4WD) around Yorke Peninsula, there are a few spots to check out, like Parson's Beach, near Minlaton. Remember, if you're going to be driving on sand, it's useful to lower your tyres (always re-inflate them when you get back to the road). It’s a good idea to carry a long-handled shovel. Never travel alone. Some parts of the Yorke Peninsula are quite isolated and don't have much traffic. A UHF radio and a GPS beacon are also recommended. Ask the Visitor Information Centre for more details.
Travel in a group, preferably with someone experienced and who knows the area. If you’re unsure about four wheel driving (4WD), there are great tour options available so you don’t miss out.
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Things to do
Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.
There are plenty of events on in the Yorke Peninsula. Here are some ideas you might like.