Yorke Peninsula SA
Yorke Peninsula South Australia is one of the most popular destinations for people looking for a weekend getaway, and it’s not hard to see why. Yorke Peninsula boasts some of the best scenery, beaches and fishing spots South Australia has. There are museums, shipwrecks, lighthouses and a host of activities in Innes National Park, down at the southern tip of Yorke Peninsula next to Marion Bay. Marion Bay Holiday Villas is an award winning complex of 8 modern self contained holiday rentals located in Marion Bay, one of the most popular Yorke Peninsula accommodation spots.
Yorke Peninsula History
Yorke Peninsula was named by Captain Matthew Flinders, R.N., after the Right Honourable Charles Philip Yorke (1764-1834) serving as Member of Parliament (1790-1810), Secretary of State for War (1801-1803), Home Secretary (1803-1804), and First Lord of the Admiralty (1810-1812).
Before white settlement around 1840, Yorke Peninsula was the home to the Narungga people. Descendants of these people still live on Yorke Peninsula South Australia, supported by the Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association in Maitland, and in the community at Point Pearce near the northern end of Gulf St Vincent.
The major townships of Yorke Peninsula SA include the ‘Copper Coast’ towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo; farming centres of Maitland, Minlaton and Yorketown; and Ardrossan. A number of smaller coastal towns are regular destinations for fishing and holidays; the most popular of these is Marion Bay, particularly for people visiting from Adelaide. Innes National Park is also well visited, and a must see for people planning holiday packages or SA short holidays.
Some of the major sites inside Yorke Peninsula include:
- Ardrossan Well known for blue swimmer crabs, red cliffs, local museum and ‘stump jump plough’.
- Balaklava The annual Balaklava cup, and the ‘Rocks reserve’; a unique rock formation are highlights.
- Corny Point Swimming beaches, boat fishing, lighthouse walks are all here.
- Edithburgh Wattle Point Wind Farm, scenic harbour, floating pontoons and park lands are well worth a look.
- Marion Bay One of the most popular fishing spots in Australia; just ask rex Hunt! Marion Bay is the perfect Yorke Peninsula accommodation base with everything to entice weekend getaways for couples to short holidays South Australia for families.
- Minlaton The barley capital of the world with arts and crafts, plus a whole lot more.
- Port Vincent Lookouts, walking trails, postcard views and fishing make Port Vincent entertaining.
- Stenhouse Bay Heritage listed jetty, walking trails and its own shipwreck are just some of the reasons Stenhouse Bay is a must see!
Yorke Peninsula is a major producer of grain, particularly barley. Historically this has been sent out by sea because there are no rail services.
Most coastal towns on the peninsula have substantial jetties, and the Marion Bay Jetty, along with the historic Stenhouse Bay Jetty are a must see. In the past these were used by ketches, schooners, and later steamships, to collect the grain in bags, and deliver fertiliser and other supplies. Nowadays the roads in Yorke Peninsula have made this a thing of the past, but the jetties remain comfortable fishing spots for holiday goers.