Yorke Peninsula Family Holidays
A coastal playground
Yorke Peninsula is one big coastal playground with plenty of things to see.
Visit Stansbury Foreshore and Yorketown for some great playgrounds. Check out the Copper Coast adventure playgrounds, tucked away in Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta. Bigger kids might like the skate parks at Kadina and Moonta.
Aboriginal Cultural Tours operate throughout the region, giving kids an experience to learn about the Adjahdura people, Aboriginal “Dreaming” and heritage.
Hop on-board the Moonta Mines Tourist Railway. It will take you on a 50 minute journey past historical sites that played a role in Moonta's copper mining past. See the restored horse drawn tram and the old blacksmith shop.
Looking for something to do on a clear evening? Bring your binoculars or telescope and head to the Wallaroo Astronomical Society for a night of stargazing. The country skies are free of light pollution, making amazing night views.
Parks and wildlife
Want to see some animals? Yorke Peninsula is home to many native animals with Innes National Park a great place to start. HJ Cook Fauna Park in Minlaton is also home to native Australian animals.
Meet the curious creatures at Alpacas Chaparral in Minlaton, which is Yorke Peninsula's most awarded alpaca stud. Or try feeding some baby alpacas at Barachel Alpacas at Wool Bay - both of which you'll find on the Yorke Peninsula Home Grown Trail.
Heritage and history
If you'd like to learn about the mines but without the copper dust getting everywhere, you might like the Moonta Mines Tourist Railway. It will take you all around the Moonta Mines State Heritage Area. Get a window seat to see the reservoir and old blacksmith shop.
Visit a working farm
Ballywire Farm is a working farm just out of Edithburgh. Play with the animals, learn a little bit about how things work and pick up some fresh farm produce to take home.
See sheep dogs at work, watch sheep shearing and "throw a fleece" at Orrie Cowie Merino and Poll Merino Stud. Take a two hour tour or go on the "Be a farmer for a day" experience. Orrie Cowie is open by appointment and bookings are essential.
In Kadina, head to The Farm Shed Museum for plenty of fun things to do. Hop on board the miniature train on selected days of the month.
For a farm of a different sort, head to Wattle Point Wind Farm. You'll see the majestic wind towers from kilometres away. Get a closer look and visit the information bay to find out more about this environmentally friendly power source.
Corny Point to Marion Bay
Drive from Corny Point to Marion Bay. Take in picturesque surfing spots, including Daly Head which is world-renowned. There are pristine places to fish, or relax with a picnic lunch before heading to Innes National Park, at the very tip of Yorke Peninsula.
Visit the spooky ghost town of Inneston and explore the once thriving mining town along the Inneston Historic Walk. The four kilometre trail starts from just inside the gate at the Inneston car park and takes about two hours to complete. Be
aware of unstable ruins and make sure you carry enough water with you.
Follow the trail
Take time to explore the Home Grown Trail - a self-drive tour exploring a diverse range of produce and local businesses. Try you hand at papermaking at Paper
Nymph in Warooka or cuddle a baby alpaca at one of the region's two alpaca farms. Mum and Dad might even like to stop at the region's first cellar door, Barley Stacks Wines.
The Yorke Peninsula is the perfect family holiday destination. Come and see for yourself.
He's the host of South Aussie with Cosi, a family man and most importantly, passionate about South Australia. Andrew 'Cosi' Costello shares his top five tips for a great family holiday in South Australia.
1. Knock off early on a Friday and drive straight to the Wallaroo Caravan Park. You’ll be there in time to watch the sun set, enjoying a beer while the kids bounce on the jumping pillow.
2. Hire a fishing kayak from the caravan park, paddle out to the blue line (not far) and try catching a squid.
3. Complete the Copper Triangle, which is a drive from Wallaroo to Moonta then to Kadina.
4. If you’re in Moonta, buy a multi-ticket that gets you a ride on the tourist train, entry to the museum and access to the old cottages.
5. In Kadina, grab some fresh, locally-produced meat from Desmonds Meat Service (where I once worked) and throw it on the BBQ – you’ll taste the difference.
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