YORKE PENINSULA, SA

Yorke Peninsula. Pic: visityorkepeninsula.com.au

If you don’t agree Adelaidians are blessed with access to some of the finest weekend getaway hotspots in the country, you’re just not trying hard enough.

The boot-shaped Yorke Peninsula looks like a map of Italy, and the seafood options are just as good! Just a two-hour drive from the state capital, the Yorke Peninsula is blessed with an embarrassment of riches.

Visitors can feast their eyes upon 700-odd kilometres of virtually pristine coastline, hemmed in by Spencer Gulf to the west and St Vincent Gulf to the east. There’s a stack of top offroad drives that’ll get you well off of the beaten track too.

If you’re handy with a rod and reel, you’ll have no trouble scoring your bag limit of tasty King George whiting and calamari squid. Never fear otherwise, as the place isn’t known as the seafood capital of Oz for nothing, pay a visit to one of the local fisherman’s co-ops and you’ll see why.

STUFF TO DO

4WDING: There are fun beach runs worth checking out at Balgowan, Point Hughes, Foul Bay and between Point Victoria and Point Rickaby, plus some more challenging dune driving on offer at Gleesons Landing.

FISHING: King George whiting can be taken from many of the area’s beaches, while tommy ruff and garfish are perennial favourites for jetty-bound fishos.

Pay a visit to any of the peninsula’s many long jetties and try your hand at jigging up a haul of tasty southern calamari squid.

IMPORTANT INFO

LOCATION: Around 190km west of Adelaide, visitors to the Yorke Peninsula have access to some 700km of sprawling coastline.

CAMPING: Gleesons Landing and Burners Beach campsites are equipped with facilities including toilet blocks and picnic tables. The much more basic free campsites at the Gap, the Bamboos, Tiparra Rocks, Wauraltee Beach and Barkers Rocks offer no facilities.

Camping permits must be acquired to camp anywhere on the peninsula and are available by phoning the Yorke Peninsula Visitors Centre on 1800 202 445.

FUEL is available at Adelaide, Wallaroo and Moonta.

MORE INFO is available at www.yorkepeninsula.com.au