Population 1055

Maitland represents a much smaller version of the city of Adelaide, with the town layout in the same pattern of radiating squares. It is in the heart of Yorke Peninsula and is central to a rich agricultural region. In recent years tourism has grown dramatically on the peninsula, but barley and wheat industries remain strong.

Visitor Information

Council offices, 8 Elizabeth St; (08) 8832 0000

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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In Town

Museum: located in the former school, this National Trust museum documents local indigenous and settlement history; open 2–4pm Sun, public/school holidays, other times by appt; Cnr Gardiner and Kilkerran tces; (08) 8832 2220.

White Flint Olive Grove: range of olive oil products produced from own trees, great food and tea on offer; appt only; South Tce; (08) 8832 2874.

St John's Anglican Church: stained-glass windows depict biblical stories in an Australian setting; Cnr Alice and Caroline sts.

Aboriginal cultural tours: a range of tours through Adjahdura Land (Yorke Peninsula), with an Aboriginal guide; bookings and inquiries 0429 367 121.

Heritage town walk: interpretive walk; brochure from council in Elizabeth St.


Gregory's Wines: Yorke Peninsula's only commercial vineyard. Cellar-door tastings and sales 10am–5pm weekends or by appt; Lizard Rd; (08) 8834 1258; 13 km S.

Balgowan: this town has safe, sandy beaches and is popular with anglers; 15 km W.

Fishing spots near town

Ardrossan 24 km

Located on the east side of the Yorke Peninsula, Ardrossan is bountiful water just 150 km west of Adelaide, so is a popular weekend fishing destination. Looking out on the long pier at Ardrossan, it’s striking how... Find out more

Wallaroo 51 km

The small SA seaport of Wallaroo, north of Moonta, offers an excellent base for anglers wanting to catch big snapper, King George whiting, Australian salmon and yellowtail kingfish. Many of the reef systems are close to... Find out more

Campsites around town

Maitland Overnight Camping Bay

This small overnight caravan stop in the centrally located town of Maitland is just opposite the hospital at the northern end of Robert St.... Find out more

Tiparra Rocks camping area 19 km

This is the first of 3 coastal-reserve camping areas, 4 km north of the seaside settlement of Balgowan. A crust of vivid red cliffs marks the edge of the peninsula south of this site. You’ll find lots of solitude... Find out more

The Bamboos camping area 21 km

There’s a varied coastline to discover here - rocky headlands, seagrass shallows, and white sand beaches. The camping is behind the dunes, 12 km north of Balgowan.... Find out more

The Gap camping area 22 km

Several beachfront sites huddle among the dunes here, on the remote north-west coast. The water is easy to access – including for boat launching – and the long, dazzling stretch of beach to the north is... Find out more

Wauraltee Beach camping area 28 km

Go camping beside the wild sprawl of beach south of Port Victoria, a low-key fishing and swimming destination with large areas of coastal reserve to wander. The camping area is on the peninsula’s western flanks, 17... Find out more

Black Point camping area 34 km

Black Point’s sweep of north-facing beach is hugely popular at peak holiday periods. This small open area is right next to the boat ramp and main road at the western end of the housing strip; powered sites are... Find out more

Port Julia Oval camping area 37 km

Basic community-supported camping is possible in the small coastal town of Port Julia, on the north-east coast. It’s a popular fishing and seasonal crabbing spot, 17 km north of Port Vincent off the coast road.... Find out more

Barkers Rocks camping area 42 km

Basic beachside camping is available on the narrow strip of coastal reserve between Port Rickaby and Bluff Beach. Being west-facing, it’s great for sunsets and beachcombing but there’s not much shelter in... Find out more

Port Arthur Roadside Rest Area 44 km

A shady, no-frills stop for weary travellers at the head of Gulf St Vincent, the rest area is close to mangrove flats where you might see wading birds at low tide. It’s just off the Port Wakefield–Yorketown... Find out more

Port Parham camping area 54 km

Famed for its shallow waters and great crabbing beach, this small coastal settlement is a much-loved spot for family outings and boating. The camping is on a council reserve on the northern edge of town, with access 1 km... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Inkerman North rest area 52 km

12km S of Port Wakefield (L)

Just off the highway. For southbound only.

Inkerman South rest area 53 km

22km N of Dublin (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Dublin park area 63 km

At Dublin

On the service road.

Lake Lochiel rest area 68 km

82km S of Warnertown (L) or 33km N of Port Wakefield (R)

Just off the highway and overlooking the lake.

What's on around town

Maitland Show: Mar.

Art and Craft Fair: June and Nov.

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