Innes National Park Accommodation at Marion Bay Holiday Villas
People looking at Innes National Park accommodation choose to stay at near by Marion Bay Holiday Villas which is situated close to the parks entrance. Directions to Marion Bay can be found on our website.
At Innes National Park you can enjoy the crystal clear waters, marval at the rugged coastlines sculpted by the Southern Ocean and explore remnants of South Australia’s mining and maritime history. There are salt lakes further inland, amongst the mallee woodlands.
The park comprises 9,232 ha of coastal vegetation, representing one of a very few remaining areas of significant vegetation on the Yorke Peninsula.
Diversity of habitats, heritage and coastal scenery, Innes National Park provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities such as fishing, camping, bush walking, bird watching, photography, and for the more adventurous; surfing.
Innes National Park is open for SA short holidays and weekend getaways 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with entry into the park costing just $8.50 per car for a day pass (as at January 2011).
Innes National Park has many walking trails that cater to people with different interests and level of fitness. Providing some of the best coastal views South Australia has to offer; we recommend taking the ‘Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk’, but for those after a shorter walk, enjoy seeing the Cape Spencer Lighthouse, and stand at the tip of Yorke Peninsula South Australia and see Kangaroo Island.
During the winter months the cliff tops at Stenhouse Bay and Cape Spencer provide the ideal location to see Southern Right Whales, so if having ‘front row seats’ to this rare site interests you, make sure you book ahead for Innes National Park accommodation with Marion bay Holiday Villas.
Over 140 species of birds, many of conservation significance, can be found within Innes National Park, so keep a look out for the rare Osprey and Malleefowl.
Around 333 native plants have been recorded in the park, 115 of which are of conservation significance, making up a diverse range of vegetation associations and wildlife habitats. Innes National Park turns into a brilliant display of colour during the winter and spring when the wildflowers and shrubs come into bloom, as does the whole region of Marion Bay.
Within Innes National Park there is a beach for everyone, but please take care when surfing or fishing as there are many potential risks including submerged objects, unstable cliffs, strong currents, slippery rocks and changing conditions. Nick your host for Innes National Park accommodation at Marion Bay Holiday Villas can help with his local knowledge.
A wide variety of fish species can be caught off beaches in the park or from the Stenhouse Bay Jetty, where you can expect to catch Squid, Mullet, Tommy Ruffs, Garfish, Sweep, Mulloway and Whiting throughout the year, while Browns Beach is one of South Australia’s best salmon fishing areas.
Over 40 shipwrecks lay off the coast of Innes National Park and the Yorke Peninsula South Australia. A maritime trail along the coast of the park tells the story of where and how the ships sank, the most famous wreck within Innes National Park is ‘The Ethel’, which came aground in 1904 when it was driven ashore during a large storm off the coast.
Visit the remains of the ship on Ethel Beach.
There are three lighthouses within the park at Cape Spencer, West Cape and Peter Island, with the Cape Spencer and West Cape lighthouses accessible via easy going walking trails.
The park is one of only a few places in the world where living stromatolites are known to exist. Stromatolites consist of layers of blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria). New layers develop on top, closest to the light, trapping whatever silt may be present. Old layers underneath are impregnated with calcium carbonate and become fossilised. In Innes National Park you can see the dome-shaped structures occurring around the edges of the salt lakes. Carbon dating has indicated that some of the stromatolites are about 3,000 years old.