Yorke Peninsula

What sand?

There’s a good reason you don’t care if you get a little sand on the floor of a holiday shack on Yorke Peninsula. It’s because when you’re on a shack holiday, you don’t have a care in the world.

Find the magic, and be carefree, on Yorke Peninsula.

Fishing on Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

With the waters of Gulf St Vincent on the east and Spencer Gulf on the west, fresh seafood is everywhere you turn! Dine on blue swimmer crabs, crayfish or scallops plucked fresh from the sea. Try your luck at catching your own fish from a jetty.   

Family playground

Yorke Peninsula is one big coastal playground with plenty of things to see and do for every member of the family. The young ones will love the playgrounds at Stansbury and Yorketown, while the bigger kids will enjoy the skate parks at Kadina and Moonta. Hop on-board the Moonta Mines Tourist Railway for a journey past historical sites that played a role in Moonta's copper mining past.

Visit a farm to see sheep dogs at work and sheep being shorn. Learn how to "throw a fleece" at a Poll Marino stud.

Enjoy a holiday on the coast like no other with picturesque surfing spots, pristine places to fish and kilometres of white, sandy beaches which make awesome beach cricket pitches.

Barley capital

The Yorke Peninsula features historic towns and landmarks. The town of Minlaton is known in some circles as the "barley capital of the world". You'll find barley from the Yorke Peninsula in most glasses of Australian beer.

The region's rich limestone soil makes it some of the best farmland in Australia. The Yorke Peninsula Home Grown Trail is your ticket for a behind-the-scenes view of life on a farm.

Camping in the bush

The region's national parks give you a chance to take in the picture postcard beauty of the region. There are native plants and animals in abundance. There are campsites dotted around the region, as well as throughout Innes National Park.

You can spend your nights in a holiday home, a caravan park or camping in a national park. You will find accommodation to suit every budget and holiday plan.

To find out more, there are two accredited Visitor Information Centres on the Yorke Peninsula. These centres are open seven days a week and will provide you with any information you might need for your travels. They sell goodies to take home too! 

Local history

From the Hummock Ranges in the north-east across to Port Broughton in the north, Yorke Peninsula is the traditional home of the Adjahdura people. You can still find artefacts in various townships, including Tiddy Widdy Beach, Moonta Bay, Point Pearce and Point Yorke. Take the Aboriginal Cultural Tour if you would like to know more about the area's Indigenous inhabitants.

Yorke Peninsula is full of surprises. In 1919, World War One pilot and aviation pioneer, Captain Harry Butler, made the first airmail flight from Adelaide to the Yorke Peninsula. He was the first man to fly across Gulf St Vincent and the first to fly over water in the southern hemisphere.

Captain Butler's Red Devil Bristol monoplane rests in a display hangar in Minlaton. It is believed to be the only genuine one of its kind left in the world.

Eat Local SA

Eat Local SA Yorke Peninsula Eat Local SA

Eat like a local on the Yorke Peninsula with locally caught seafood and a cold beer - made from locally-grown barley. Eat Local is an easy way for you to eat and buy authentic South Australian food. Look for the Eat Local signs or visit Eat Local SA.

Yorke Peninsula Regional Visitor Guide

Learn more about Yorke Peninsula's delicious seafood, Home Grown Trail, events, surf and sand. See why it's one of South Australia’s most popular holiday spots and plan your next holiday with the Yorke Peninsula Visitor Guide.

Yorke Peninsula map, South Australia

Download a Yorke Peninsula map to help find your way around the history in the north (Wallaroo, Kadina, Moonta), nature in the south (Innes National Park) and spectacular coastline all the way around.

Things to do

Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.

What's on

There are plenty of events happening on the Yorke Peninsula.

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