Population 772

This small rural centre on Yorke Peninsula was originally called Gum Flat, because of the giant eucalypts in the area, but was later changed to Minlaton – from the Aboriginal word 'minlacowrie', thought to mean 'sweet water'. Aviator Captain Harry Butler, pilot of the Red Devil, a 1916 Bristol monoplane, was born here.

Visitor Information

Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information Centre, 29 Main St; (08) 8853 2600 or 1800 202 445


Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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  • Yorketown

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  • Port Victoria SA

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In Town

Butler Memorial: in a hangar-like building stands the Red Devil, a fighter plane – thought to be the only one of its type left in the world – that fought in France and, less romantically, flew mail between Adelaide and Minlaton; Main St.

Museum: National Trust museum in the historic general store features a local history display and Harry Butler memorabilia; open 9.30am–1pm Tues–Fri, 9.30am–12pm Sat; Main St.

Harvest Corner Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information Centre: accredited visitor centre with tourist information, craft and local produce sales, a gallery featuring local artists and tearooms; Main St.

The Creamery: crafts, ceramics and art exhibitions in a historic building; Maitland Rd.

Gum Flat Gallery: art workshop and gallery; open 10am–2pm Wed; Main St.

Minlaton Fauna Park: popular spot for picnics, with kangaroos, emus and up to 43 species of birds; Maitland Rd.

Minlaton Walking Trail: a trail to the only naturally occurring stand of river red gums in the Yorke Peninsula. See a number of historic landmarks including an old horse dip and ancient Aboriginal wells, catch a local glimpse of the birdlife at the bird hide, and learn about the area through interpretive signs; contact visitor centre for details.


Ramsay Park: native flora and fauna park; between Minlaton and Port Vincent to the east.

Port Rickaby: quiet swimming and fishing spot; 16 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Ardrossan 49 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

Marion Bay 76 km

Situated at the bottom of the Yorke Peninsula, Marion Bay is angler central and offers access to spectacular offshore and beach fishing. Southern beaches from Marion Bay east to Troubridge, such as Butlers, provide top... Find out more

West Coast 85 km

Head to Innes National Park, at the southern end of Yorke Peninsula, to find two noteworthy places for anglers. The first is Pandalowie Bay where boats can be launched and, north of this, Browns Beach. The latter is well... Find out more

Wallaroo 95 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Swimming with dolphins off Glenelg 87 km

Since 2002, the eco-accredited Temptation Sailing has offered a ‘swim with the dolphins sail’ on a 17-metre catamaran out of Glenelg, in which the bottlenose and common dolphins reputedly come to the vessel... Find out more

Mountain-biking near Adelaide 93 km

Eagle Mountain, 12 kilometres south-east of the CBD, is well set up for mountain-bikers, with around 21 kilometres of cross-country tracks, a skills development park and a jumps area. You can hire mountain bikes for the... Find out more

Aboriginal gallery, Adelaide 94 km

The Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum holds the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the world. Some 3000 are on display at any one time.... Find out more

Adelaide Zoo 94 km

With its catchphrase ‘We exist to save animals from extinction’, this is another of Australia’s excellent zoos. Visit the Giant Panda enclosure to see the Wang Wang and Funi. The sea-lion display... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Grange Golf Club (West Course) 83 km

Melbourne’s sandbelt wasn’t the only region in which golf course construction was booming during the 1920s. Various sites in Adelaide’s western suburbs – Kooyonga in 1922, Glenelg in 1926... Find out more

The Grange Golf Club (East Course) 84 km

Vern Morcom was working on the final changes to The Grange’s West course redesign when the club announced plans for a second course. Morcom was asked to design it, on 150 acres of adjoining land, and the East... Find out more

Royal Adelaide Golf Club 85 km

In the city of churches, Royal Adelaide is the golfing equivalent of the Vatican. Every visiting golfer should make a pilgrimage to this Dr Alister MacKenzie-designed layout, one of Australia’s top 10 courses,... Find out more

Kooyonga Golf Club 87 km

Kooyonga is a thinking player’s golf course. One of the game’s greatest strategists, Peter Thomson, gave an insight into what is required to play well at Kooyonga after winning the 1972 Australian Open here.... Find out more

Glenelg Golf Club 88 km

Glenelg is to Adelaide what Bondi is to Sydney – the city’s most popular beach suburb. The terminus for the City to Bay tram, a Glenelg icon, can be found where Jetty Rd meets the beach, where you will... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Red Devil Restaurant

Named in honour of local aviator Harry Butler’s 1916 biplane, this is actually a smart makeover of dining spaces within the stately Minlaton Hotel. Taking up the Red Devil theme, the decor features ruby-hued... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Goodlife 87 km

This innovative restaurant and takeaway not only makes carbon-neutral pizzas, but also places an emphasis on sourcing produce that is organic and local. Takeaway pizzas here even come tied up with string.... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Brewboys 90 km

One of the country’s newest craft beermaking enterprises, Brewboys is a partnership between Stephen Nelsen and Simon Sellick, who also operate the contract brewing company Fresh Cellars. At present they utilise a... Find out more

Coopers Brewery 90 km

More than any other Australian brewery, Coopers has grown significant market share over the past two decades on the back of increased demand for alternative beer styles. It was established in 1862 by Yorkshireman Thomas... Find out more

South Australian Brewing Company 91 km

Established in 1888, the South Australian Brewing Company became the state’s dominant beer-maker by steadily acquiring competitors like the Kent Town Brewery, West End Brewery and the Walkerville Co-operative... Find out more

Campsites around town

Barkers Rocks camping area 12 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

Wauraltee Beach camping area 22 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

Port Julia Oval camping area 28 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

Black Point camping area 33 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

Burners Beach camping area 35 km

These beachfront sites are on the sheltered side of the peninsula’s ‘foot’. The north-facing shores catch the sun all year round and are home to some of the region’s most popular holiday... Find out more

Mozzie Flat camping area 39 km

Camp at this secluded location on the far eastern end of Sturt Bay, 17 km south of Yorketown and 4 km west of Port Moorowie. There is easy beach access, plus extensive coastal dunes to explore and plenty of beach fishing... Find out more

Kemp Bay camping area 40 km

The beaches here are flanked by buffs and rocky points. There’s good fishing to be had, along with swimming in lighter conditions. It is on the south coast of the peninsula, 13 km south of Yorketown off Diamond... Find out more

Sturt Bay camping area 41 km

A wide arc of dunes and south-facing beach stretches nearly 20 km from Point Davenport to Port Moorowie at Sturt Bay. The campsite is at the bay’s midpoint, giving ample scope for fishing, swimming and snorkelling,... Find out more

Sheoak Flat camping area 42 km

Camping at Sheoak Flat is on the peninsula’s southern coast, 10 km on from Edithburgh along Hancock Rd.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Discovery Holiday Parks - Adelaide Beachfront 81 km

With very good amenities and a wide range of facilities, this quality park is close to Port Adelaide, Football Park and the West Lakes shopping complex, as well as only 10 km from the city centre. It is one of... Find out more

Brighton Caravan Park and Holiday Village 89 km

Just 17 km from Adelaide city, this tourist park enjoys absolute beach frontage and has a nice, relaxed feel. It is a popular family park and bookings are essential during busy holiday periods. A 2-night minimum-length... Find out more

Marion Holiday Park 92 km

This tourist park in the southern suburbs is close to the enormous Marion shopping centre. It has very good amenities, shaded areas and good facilities including a recreation room and a tennis court. It makes a good base... Find out more

Moana Beach Tourist Park 93 km

Only a short distance from the Moana town centre and close to the beach, this park is also not far from Adelaide’s southern suburbs. Bookings are required at Christmas, January, Easter and long weekends. There is a... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Clarion Hotel Soho 94 km

Completed at the end of 2008, this five-star boutique hotel was designed with many hidden environmental features, such as water-recycling systems, sustainable building materials and airflow and passive cooling to reduce... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Dublin park area 78 km

At Dublin

On the service road.

Inkerman South rest area 80 km

22km N of Dublin (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Inkerman North rest area 81 km

12km S of Port Wakefield (L)

Just off the highway. For southbound only.

What's on around town

Minlaton Show: Oct.

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