On this 5-day journey we’ll explore the best of the Yorke Peninsula, one of South Australia’s highlights. The Yorke Peninsula is one of South Australia’s most accessible beach retreats, located just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide and boasting 700 kilometres of pristine coastline. Beautiful beaches and friendly coastal towns beckon, while old mining villages and breathtaking national parks await inland. This tour has been carefully designed to showcase the highlights and the best walks of the region, including some of Yorke Peninsula’s beautiful beaches and trails.
Your 5 day walking holiday includes:
PRE-DAY: Book your flights to arrive in Adelaide at least the day prior to your tour.
SUGGESTED PRE-TOUR NIGHT HOTEL: We suggest the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide, a 4 star hotel overlooking Victoria Square in the heart of Adelaide’s entertainment and shopping district; this is also our meeting point at 7.30am on the first morning of the tour.
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 3.5 hours to Hillocks Drive, Yorke Peninsula.
TRAIL NOTES: 5km walk , 3-hours walking along coastline with breaks. Easy Grade.
TERRAIN: Mixture of beach walking, rocky coastal escarpments and dune edges.
WALK ITINERARY: This morning, our guides will meet you in the foyer of the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide at 7:30am. We have about 300km (3.5hrs) to cover to reach Butlers Beach on the Yorke Peninsula. To break up the journey we will stop in Port Wakefield for a morning tea break after 1h 30mins, then a further hour to Minlaton to stretch our legs before continuing on for the last hour when we’ll arrive near Butlers Beach at Hillock Drive for a spot of lunch. From here we’ll meet our local and extremely knowledgeable guide to enjoy walking to Lookout Point with a mixture of beach walking, rocky coastal escarpments and dune edges while taking in views of Kangaroo Island across the waters of Investigator Strait. At the end of the walk we will call into Meehan’s Hill with the bus for great views of Marion Bay. Our accommodation for the next 4 nights is at Marion Bay Motel & Tavern, a lovely family owned and run business with magnificent views of the jetty and adjacent beaches. Tonight we’ll enjoy a delicious a la carte meal at Marion Bay Tavern served with local wines.
TRAIL NOTES: 18km approx combined walks, around 5 hours walking with breaks. Easy Grade.
TERRAIN: Mostly gentle formed pathways
WALK ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast at the tavern, and with packed lunches in our day packs, we head out directly from the motel. We’ll walk into the Innes National Park adjoining Marion Bay and follow a coastal trail towards Stenhouse Bay with its long jetty that is associated with gypsum mining and export. We’ll continue on from here with the cliff top loop known as the Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk. As the name suggests there are multiple stunning lookouts with views across Investigator Strait. From here we’ll backtrack a little to locate the Thomson Pfitzner Plaster Trail Hike that follows a disused railway line through to Inneston offering further interpretive signs along the way about local history, particularly its mining past. Here we can explore the Inneston Historic Walk at our leisure taking in the structures and ruins of this once thriving village. This walk will be approximately 18km on mostly gentle formed pathways, returning to Marion Bay by mini-bus. Tonight we’ll enjoy another lovely a la carte meal at Marion Bay Tavern served with local wines. After dinner we’ll enjoy the Twilight Tammar Wallaby Walk and learn about the demise of the Tammar wallaby and the successful re-introduction to Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park with Park Rangers.
TRAIL NOTES: 13km approx combined walks, around 4 hours walking, Easy Grade.
TERRAIN: Mix of bush tracks and formed pathways.
WALK ITINERARY:After breakfast, and with packed lunches in our day packs, we head back out to Inneston for the start of our walk today. We will follow bush tracks and skirt around Deep Lake on our way out towards the popular surf beach at Pondalowie Bay. Here we’ll see spectacular coastal views into Spencer gulf on the 4km return to Royston Head Hike. If we feel like it we can also complete the 1km loop of the West Cape Headland Hike where we’ll reach the West Cape lighthouse. Before returning to our accommodation for a well earned rest we’ll stop to look for the wreck of the Ethel, a three-masted iron barque that ran aground here in 1904. It may be covered in its usual blanket of sand, but if so we’ll certainly see her anchor on display at the lookout above. A la carte dinner at Marion Bay Tavern served with local wines.
TRAIL NOTES: 15km, 4-5hours walking with breaks, Medium Grade.
TERRAIN: Mix of bush tracks, beach and rocky headland walking
WALK ITINERARY: After a leisurely breakfast we’ll drive out to the northern edge of the National Park to start our final walk in the area. Commencing at Browns Beach we’ll turn inland and walk through dense Mallee vegetation (an Aboriginal name for a group of eucalypts) and high sand dune areas on the Gym Beach Hike where you may see a variety of birdlife and native orchids. After a little more than 5kms we’ll reach Gym Beach and from here will enjoy a mix of beach and rocky headland walking for the following 10kms through to where our bus will be waiting. Throughout this section keep eyes peeled for whales and dolphins enjoying Formby Bay on this eastern entry point to the Spencer Gulf. Just a 15-minute drive and we can meet in the tavern for a celebratory drink at the end of our ‘Walk the Yorke’ four days of hiking. A la carte dinner at Marion Bay Tavern served with local wines.
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 2 hours to Moonta. Midday: 1 hour to Port Wakefield. Afternoon: 1h30minutes to Adelaide.
TRAIL NOTES: Davey’s Gully track 2.5km circuit, 1-hour walking, Easy Grade.
TERRAIN: The track climbs gently on a compact rocky base, with a short downhill to complete the circuit.
WALK ITINERARY: Today we’ll return to Adelaide, but before doing so we’ll explore more of the Yorke’s history with several stops along the way in historic towns and also enjoy a short easy walk to stretch our legs and take in the beauty that surrounds us. Leaving Marion Bay we head north up the Yorke Peninsula visiting Point Turton, Minlaton and Maitland before stopping for an exploration of Australia’s “little Cornwall” the former copper mining town of Moonta. This was a town that once had a population around the mid 1800s of 12,000 which was second only to Adelaide. Here we’ll look at a variety of heritage buildings, take a walk along one of the Moonta Mines Walking Trails and then enjoying a tea or coffee break at the Taste the Yorke café which is known for its classic Cornish pasties. For lunch, we’ll stop at Port Wakefield, a coastal town of the Adelaide Plains. The town is located approximately 100kms North of Adelaide. Steeped in history, the town was created to cater for the needs of the early settlers. With the development of the agricultural, mining and later the fishing industries of South Australia, Port Wakefield became the pivot point for such products. Afterwards, we return to Adelaide where our journey concludes at the Chancellor on Currie or the Grand Chancellor Adelaide. After a fabulous five days we hope you’ve enjoyed the full experience of the Yorke Peninsula.
FINISH TIME: Arrive back into Adelaide by 5pm.
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