Innes National Park, Paul Rohal / Auscape International

Population 687

Yorketown is a small rural community at the southern end of Yorke Peninsula. The surrounding landscape is dotted with many inland salt lakes, some of which are still mined. In the late 1840s farmers were eager to take up land here as it was prime crop-producing land. The town was settled in 1872 and has remained an important service centre on the peninsula since.

Visitor Information

SYP Telecentre, Yorketown or Harvest Corner Visitor Information Centre, 29 Main St; (08) 8853 2600 or 1800 202 445


Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Edithburgh

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  • Stansbury

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  • Minlaton

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In Town

Courthouse Photographic Display: photographs of the area's pioneering days; open Fri mornings or by appt.


Innes National Park In summer, soak up the sun at beaches or bays with excellent (but challenging) surf breaks at Chinamans Reef, Pondalowie Bay and West Cape. In winter, keep an eye out at Stenhouse Bay and Cape Spencer for migrating southern right whales. Diving is popular, especially near the Gap, an eroded gap in a 60 m high cliff. Other activities include beach and jetty fishing, and walking on coastal and inland tracks. Accommodation is something special in this park – enjoy fabulous coastal camping in the mallee scrub or stay at the heritage lodge in the old mining township of Inneston. The annual Yorke Surfing Classic is held here each Oct. (08) 8854 3200; 81 km SW.

Ballywire Farm and Tearooms: Experience a fully working farm by joining in farming activities. Tearooms and a licensed restaurant on-site, as well as farm produce for sale, interactive displays and a games area for kids; open 10am–5pm Wed–Sun (Mon–Sun during school holidays); (08) 8852 1053; 11km S.

Bublacowie Military Museum: personal stories, memorabilia and documents, and also a craft centre; closed Mon; 25 km N.

Corny Point: coastal town featuring a lighthouse and lookout, and fishing and camping; 69 km NW.

Daly Head: great surfing spot with nearby blowhole; 75 km W.

Marion Bay: popular with surfers and visitors to nearby Innes National Park; 79 km SW.

Fishing spots near town

Marion Bay 61 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

Ardrossan 72 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

West Coast 73 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Kangaroo Island Marine Tours 71 km

This well-respected, eco-accredited outfit runs a variety of wildlife-focused tours out of Kingscote in a low-emission, rigid, inflatable vessel that takes up to 12 people. Swim with dolphins, go whalewatching, see a New... Find out more

Diving and snorkelling off the Fleurieu Peninsula 78 km

Some of the state’s best diving – particularly in-shore and around jetties – is on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with leafy sea dragons, shipwrecks, dolphins and myriad fish species. Second Valley is great... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Marion Bay Tavern

An upswept roof, rustic timbers and outdoor shade sails set the scene for this contemporary beachside restaurant and bar. The mood is easy-going, but with more than a little dash. For those chasing conventional fare the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Kemp Bay camping area 13 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

Mozzie Flat camping area 14 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

Sheoak Flat camping area 16 km

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

Troubridge Hill camping area 17 km

The rugged limestone shore on the peninsula’s southern ‘heel’ was the scene of many a historic shipwreck. Nearby is the distinctive clay-brick Troubridge Hill Lighthouse. Camping is permitted all along... Find out more

Sturt Bay camping area 21 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

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

Barkers Rocks camping area 35 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

Foul Bay camping area 40 km

Beachfront sites on this long, lonely stretch of beach are on the peninsula’s southern fringe. There’s easy access to swimming, fishing and snorkelling, coastal headlands to explore and Marion Bay’s... Find out more

Port Julia Oval camping area 47 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

Caravan parks around town

Jetty Caravan Park - Normanville 80 km

This is a neat tourist park alongside the beach. Bookings are required during Christmas and Easter holidays and a minimum-stay period applies at Christmas, January, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Innes National Park Heritage Accommodation

The former mining township of Inneston is in the heart of spectacular Innes National Park – home to the peninsula’s best beaches and most dramatic scenery. Five cottages in the now-abandoned township have... Find out more

Marion Bay Holiday Villas

These eight laid-back accommodation units are tucked away in a sheltered native garden, only a few strides to the bay’s popular beach and Innes National Park. Each villa is fully self-contained with its own... Find out more

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