Around The YP
Short Day Trips
Ardrossan to Price and Pt Clinton
From Ardrossan, head north on the Yorke Valley Highway for approximately 15 km, take the right hand turn to Price. About 2 km on, turn right at Gardner Street, you will come to the Wheatsheaf Hotel on your left. Drive slowly down the causeway to your right marked Wills Creek. At the end there is a boat ramp which can be used at certain times. The white "mountains" to the south are the salt stacks of Cheetham Salt, a major employer for the area.
Alternatively, park near the hotel and head north, along a 6.5 km marked walking track that will take you to the shacks at Port Clinton. It’s always wise to take water, keep a watchful eye on the vegetation for unwanted visitors and perhaps get a lift back at the other end!
On return, enjoy a cold drink at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, claimed to have the coldest beer on the Peninsula!
Price is small, community minded settlement. Despite the closure of the shop, arrangements for post and basis supplies are provided by members of the town. The caravan park has sites for a number of tourist caravans. Price boasts a small, but active golf club and Progress Association, also a Church and Community Club.
Further north is Port Clinton where general store is open 7 days. Port Clinton has a Community Club with meals available at certain times. A caravan park with a selection of cabins is a short walk from the sea- but the tide does go out a long way!
Ardrossan to Arthurton and Maitland
Head from Ardrossan towards Arthurton along the road near the BP Roadhouse. Just before you leave the 80 kph area, note the nice house and garden on the left hand side, with its smart dark green picket fence. Approx 7 km, you will come to a multi way cross roads. On your right is the neat Petersville Hall and directly ahead, the old school house, sadly vandalised some years ago. To the left, on the dirt road is a property called Virangra, a combination of the owners' daughters' names. You might also see a flock of geese on the road there too!
Remain on the bitumen and head towards Arthurton, passing the entrance to the local dump on your left and approx 6 km you come in to Arthurton. Just outside the town, on the right hand side, is the local cemetery, a short distance up a track- worth a look if like that sort of thing.
Going into the township, turn right, up the wide main street which was once the major route down the centre of the Peninsula.
On the left is an unusual fence- made of bikes! Then it's the Arthurton Hotel on one side, with two neat churches on the right. There is a parking and toilet spot on the right, but on the left is the Arthurton Gourmet Cafe - great coffee. A little further up is the impressive and relatively new sports club, plus the bowls club.
In the street back off behind the hotel is a large shed in which a collection of cars and all manner of things can be seen. This has been the brain child of local resident, Max Zwar, an engineer who created the emu and kangaroo scrap metal figures at Federation Corner. If Max is around, he is pleased to show you around, but loves you to sign the visitors' book.
Going out of Arthurton, head south towards Maitland, approx 16 km, mainly a straight but bumpy road. You enter Maitland via a long avenue of pines, with the cemetery and Eldercare home on the right. Maitland is well worth a walk around- cafe, bakery two good hotels, plus a market area towards the end of the main street on the left.
Lots to look at around the side street in Maitland- impressive churches and schools. From the main street take the turning marked Ardrossan, with the Maitland Hotel on the corner. Pass the Council offices on the right hand side and over the brow of the hill, with a water harvesting dam on the right hand side. Going down the hill, take the left turn marked Shannon Terrace, with a earth moving yard on the corner. Along this road, on the left are some splendid homes, with views across the Yorke Valley on the right. At the T junction, turn right along the Pt Clinton Road.
This takes you past an aerial spraying contractor's property on the left hand side. After approx 15 km you meet the Arthurton to Ardrossan Road, you came along earlier. Turn right and head back to Ardrossan.
Suggested Day Trip Itineraries
Ardrossan to Innes National Park
Head south from Ardrossan and drive up the man-made hill lookout for sweeping sea views across the gulf and a look at the large pit where dolomite is mined.
Going further south, before Pine Point, you will see the signs of mining exploration on the right hand side of the road.
Drop into Black Point, one of the region's most enviable spots for a beach house getaway.
Continue onto Port Vincent, set in a sandy sweeping bay, ideal for swimming and providing shelter for fishing boats.
Twelve kilometres further south along the Peninsula is Stansbury, which offers a sheltered bay for swimming, good fishing and a caravan park right on the foreshore. The development of oyster farms now supplying fresh local oysters is an added
Heading towards the heel of Yorke Peninsula's boot stop at Edithburgh which was proclaimed in 1869, the first town in the peninsula's south.
A boardwalk with disabled access runs from Sultana Point to the beach, where floating pontoons provide interest for swimmers and boaties.
The inland town of Yorketown is at the centre of one of the state's most productive agricultural regions, and some of the world's finest barley is grown here because of the ideal climatic conditions at ripening time.
A short detour from Yorketown takes you to the Bublacowie Military Museum - a collection of memorabilia and the moving stories of the men and women of the peninsula who fought in wars, from the Boer War to the Gulf War.
Marion Bay's relative seclusion (about three hours from Adelaide) makes it the ideal relaxing getaway. Set in coastal scrubland, Marion Bay boasts a lively beachside tavern, which serves great food
The bay has a jetty and boat ramp to capitalise on the autumn mullet run and both a sheltered swimming beach and a surf beach.
Head south to Innes National Park, at the tip of Yorke Peninsula. If you are planning to camp for a while you will need to stock with any supplies need in Marion Bay as there are no other shops from here on in. You will need to stop at the entrance of the Park to obtain a Parks Pass which is a compulsory requirement whether you are visiting or staying the night.
Rich in seafaring and mining history, the park was named after William Innes who discovered commercial quantities of gypsum here in the 1890s.
You'll find yourself hopping in and out of the car all the way through the park, with stunning coastal lookouts at spots including Cable Bay and West Cape and scenes of maritime tragedy at the shipwrecks Ethel and Ferret.
Most of the beaches are very popular with surfers who generally set up camp in the park.
Continue past Pondalowie to beautiful Browns Beach. Drive over the crest of dunes and you'll see the golden sands of one of the peninsula's best fishing beaches, renowned for its salmon.
To round off your coastal experience, head back through Stenhouse Bay and up to Corny Point detouring on the way to see Daly Head overlooking a vast and beautiful beach.
The Copper Coast & Port Broughton
North is Moonta, where copper was discovered in 1861. Moonta soon became one of the richest copper mines in Australia and industrious Cornish miners left their culinary legacy in the form of the Cornish pasty. This pastry-wrapped treat features a pronounced folded edge, so the miners could hold it with their filthy hands without spoiling it.
The vast network of underground shafts was worked over the length of a kilometre and to a depth of 700 metres.
Another place to discover buried secrets is the local cemetery. There lies the grave of Thomas Woodcock who was poisoned by his wife Elizabeth, the only woman to be hanged in South Australia.
The Farm Shed Museum and Tourism Centre at Kadina shows the ingenuity and inventiveness of farmers of the region in their quest to improve their crops and harvest.
No trip to Yorke Peninsula would be complete without a visit to the popular holiday town of Wallaroo.
The Wallaroo jetty is always dotted with anglers, while the business end of the wharf, equipped with grain loading facilities, is one of the state's busiest. Café Mia at the start of the jetty is a great stop off for a coffee.
From Wallaroo, head north to Port Broughton where you can enjoy the local seafood and idle away the time watching the pelicans, dolphins or magnificent sunsets.
As with all YP areas, a good community spirit and you are always made welcome!