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Soak up the last of summer in South Australia

Soak up the last of summer in South Australia

Extend your summer on the Coastal Way, where the very best of the Yorke Peninsula awaits!

Still wishing it was summer? Thankfully, the sunshine, swims and seafood adventures don’t have to end on South Australia’s Coastal Way. Whether you tackle the 460-kilometre journey in an action-packed weekend, or take it slow and steady over a week, you’ll be experiencing the famous and fabulous Yorke Peninsula like never before.

Port Wakefield to Stansbury

Port Wakefield not only marks the start of the adventure, but it is also a wonderful place to explore. If you fancy a spot of birdwatching, the town has an abundance of birdlife, while the Port Wakefield Board Walk – right next to the caravan park – is a perfect place for an afternoon stroll. For those after something a bit more strenuous, Port Wakefield also marks the start of the Walk the Yorke – a network of more than 500 kilometres of continuous walking and cycling trails that take you along the entire peninsula’s coastline!

Jump back on the road and veer left onto Yorke Highway. You’ll pass through the towns of Clinton and Price before pulling up to Ardrossan. History buffs can uncover the region’s past at the Ardrossan Museum and Information Centre, while those keen for a hit on the green can try to score a hole in one at the Ardrossan Golf Club. The Ardrossan Jetty is also a picture-perfect place for sweeping views out onto the Gulf St Vincent. From Ardrossan, it’s about 40 minutes to the next destination: Stansbury.

Stansbury to Marion Bay

Stansbury is one of the best-kept secrets on the Yorke Peninsula, with a thriving community spirit, plenty of places to stay, and some of the best seafood in the region. Art admirers are bound to have a field day out at the Stansbury Water Tower mural, which depicts a local blue swimmer crab, a pelican, the iconic coastland and oysters. It was first painted in 2021 by artists Mike Makatron and Conrad Bizjak, and makes up part of the South Australian Silo Art Trail.

From Stansbury to Marion Bay, it’s just over an hour in the car, and this portion of the drive will take you through many charming towns and stopovers, including Yorketown, the Yorke Peninsula’s crown jewel, so don’t be afraid to take a little longer to get to Marion Bay.

Marion Bay to Port Victoria

Marion Bay is the gateway to Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park – a haven for camping, surfing, fishing and bushwalking. The national park is surrounded by secret beaches and staggering cliffs, and has an abundance of native flora and fauna. Here, beach bums and groms can shred waves and chill out on the sand, while budding photographers will have a field day capturing the park’s stunning natural beauty.

From Marion Bay, head north for just under 1.5 hours to Port Victoria, which has long been regarded as one of the most historically fascinating townships on the peninsula.

Port Victoria to Port Broughton

While it’s now a fairly quiet small town, Port Victoria was once a thriving port for grain exports for England, with the port sheltered from harsh weather and westerly winds thanks to nearby Wardang Island. As such, it became a pivotal location for South Australia’s grain trade, thanks to its ability to dock windjammers (old-fashioned ships with big, billowy sails) and its importance to the Great Grain Race of the 1930s.

The next leg of the journey takes you from Port Victoria inland through Maitland, and back to the coast again at Moonta Bay. While here, you can continue the journey back through time with a visit to the Moonta Mines Museum, where you can explore the town’s copper mining past.

Jump back on the road and head north toward Port Broughton, just under 100 kilometres away, for your final destination on this epic coastal road trip. This relaxing seaside town known for its fishing and pelican spotting, and for being crowned South Australia’s Tiny Tourism Town for 2023. Soak up the landscape with a stroll along the jetty, head on a fishing adventure, and pick up a pie at the Port Broughton Bakery. What a trip!

Pictured: Marion Bay. Image © Josh Geelen

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