Region: Yorke Peninsula

Contained within approximately 563km of coastline, Yorke Peninsula stretches officially some 241kms, from Cape Spencer in the south through to Port Broughton in the north and separates the Spencer Gulf (to the west) from the St. Vincent Gulf to the east. At its widest (at Arthurton), the Peninsula is only 48km from coast to coast and this narrows to 32km down south. Around 12,000 people live on Yorke Peninsula in 12 main towns and 33 townships. It has been said that there is no such thing as a free lunch - but such is not the case on Yorke Peninsula. Here you can stroll in the shallows to catch blue swimmer crabs by the bucket-load, dive for crayfish and scallops just off-shore, or throw out a line for garfish, tommy ruffs and King George whiting.

Rich limestone soils give Yorke Peninsula the reputation of being some of the richest farmland in Australia. Referred to locally as the Barley capital of the World, Yorke Peninsula's grain crops produce in excess of $290 million annually. Tourism is very much a forerunner in Yorke Peninsula's future development and growth. The Peninsula attracts over 600,000 visitors a year, and with a surge in coastal development, every style of holiday is well catered for, from family holiday shacks to caravan parks and 5 star luxury accommodation.

How To Get There

Drive north from Adelaide via Port Wakefield Road. After passing through Port Wakefield, take the Copper Coast Highway turn-off. Proceed straight on to the towns of Moonta, Kadina and Wallaroo and the Spencer Gulf Coast. To follow the coast of Gluf St Vincent, take a left turn near Port Arthur into Yorke Highway and head south towards Clinton.

By ferry: from Lucky Bay (near Cowell) on the Eyre Peninsula to Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula.

By coach: Yorke Peninsula Coaches operate regular services to towns on Yorke Peninsula, from the Adelaide Bus Station in Franklin Street. There are limited bus services between major towns on the peninsula.

Best Time To Go

The Peninsula enjoys a Mediterranean climate, its temperatures are mild, particularly in the south. Rainfall is moderate (wettest months are May through September) with an average rainfall of around 50cm in Maitland. Sea breezes moderate the summer heat, making it perfect for outdoor living.

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