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Travel to the York Peninsular for a great Holiday Pt 1 East Side

Updated on March 18, 2011

The York Peninsular is a pleasant drive west from Adelaide or east from the Eyre Peninsular. It offers a wealth of challengers for everyone to experience no matter where your interests lie.  For those looking to relax on a scenic holiday and stay along the coastline or visit the townships there is plenty of things to see and do.

Enjoy this from the artistic point of view or read about the historical events that have taken place over the ever changing years.  Many of its ports are now quiet after many years of busy trading. No matter where you go, you can learn something new about the places you will visit. Whether it is exploring the old mining towns or diving around the shipwrecks or even visiting the wonderful National Parks and meeting the locals.  You will feel revitalised after a couple of weeks spent in any of these wonderful old ports.

Leaving Adelaide you will travel through Port Wakefield where you head south to Port Clinton and then continue down the coast for more interesting places to explore.

Cliffs at Ardrossan

Fishing at Port Julia

Enjoy these ports of interest

Price - is approximately 133 kms from Adelaide. This was once a port although now benefits from the Cheetham Salt operations. Its causeway leads to Wills creek and the mangrove tidal flats.  Great for fishing and walk trails.

Price has a wonderful friendly hotel run buy Marlene and Rick and the caravan park is reasonably priced to suit your pocket and dog friendly.

Ardrossan – situated above the red cliffs 148 kms from Adelaide. This town is well known for its blue swimmer crabs, which are either caught in nets or by raking the beaches at low tide.  Ardrossan’s magnificent red cliffs are home to thousands of pigeons which can be seen from the fishing jetty.

Black Point- During the 19th century 50 people died here from measles in 5 days.

Port Julia – Like the others this used to be a very busy port carting wheat and barley.  Today it still has the original red shed which was the hub of the ketches.  Many enthusiastic fishermen and women spend hours on the jetty hoping to catch those elusive crabs, squid, whiting and what they call Tommy Roughs.

This town also caters for the budget travellers with their own van or camper wanting to stay close to the shore and catch some of this wonderful seafood or relax in a quiet environment, to read a book.

If this is what you are looking for then it costs (at time of printing) $6 per night or $25 per week.  This does not include power although it has one flushing toilet available for use, and caretaker on site.

Foreshore at Port Vincent

Continue further south

Port Vincent- is a port 10 km’s further south with small shopping centre catering for the essentials and a caravan park.It is quickly growing in size with many new beautiful homes being built along this part of this coastline.

Stansbury- This sheltered bay attracts people from all sports. Good for boating enthusiasts, or fishing and crabbing with great picnic spots and you can buy fresh oysters from the oyster farm. There is ample accommodation and caravan parking available.

Wool Bay- named as in the early days they made a cut in the cliff which allowed them to roll bales of wall down to the beach.  Good fishing spot.

Edithburgh – Checkout the scenic harbour which has plenty of room for the fishing enthusiasts. They are also known for the Wattle Point wind farm with its giant turbines.  Edithburgh even has its own tidal saltwater swimming pool for the kids.  You can even enjoy diving around the Jetty or visit the local museums.

There as so many other ports and interesting places to visit along the way.  Take the time to call in and check out these beautiful places to camp and explore as you drive further south.

Marion Bay- Many people flock to Butler’s beach for their fishing or you can charter a fishing boat if you prefer to chase those bigger fish.  Visit the Innes National park which is a short distance away or enjoy surfing on one beach or swim on the other sheltered side of the bay.


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      Eileen Hughes 5 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks Deb, Great for fishing too.

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      debW07 5 years ago

      This is one of my favorite Hubs! The photos are beautiful; they make me want to hop on an airplane today! Well done Eileen!!

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      WOW! I need more readers like you to all my writing hubs thanks so much but promise not to let it go to my head.

      My feet are still firmly on the ground.

      Thanks once again cheers Eileen

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      Aka Professor M 6 years ago

      @Eileen Hughes: If the Australian Tourist Board hasn't you on their payroll, as a tour guide or a Travel Agent or Tourist Information Brochure writer they need to get on it right away, Eileen.

      This is one of the best examples of how an article or travel guide for potential tourists should be written. The very descriptive detailing, physical layout and arrangement of the piece is pleasing to the eye, while addressing the highlights that you mentioned.

      Overall the hub is superb and I as the reader found it enlightening engaging and entertaining as it did an admirable job of arousing my curiosity to learn more about the places found in it! Well done, Eileen! Kudos!

      Voted up, useful & Awesome!

      Regards Mike (Aka Professor M!) ;D

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      jpcmc, thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy your travels with your wife, thats the way to go. Enjoy life while you can

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      So many beautiful places to visit so little time (and little cash, LOL). If I get the time and resources, my wife and I will definitely spend some romantic time in these places.

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Freecampingaussie, thanks for stopping by, yes I reckon everyone should explore their own country before spending hard earnings in other countries.

      And After going right around a couple of years ago and criss crossing back and forth in each state there is defiunitely loads to see.

      Hope you enjoy it up in onslow and NT. Tumbling waters is a beautiful place to stay just before 26 k's Darwin.

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      freecampingaussie 6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Visited Adelaide ( where my youngest daughter is), Victor Harbour & few places on our way to WA.I love exploring Australia ! Head up to Onslow, Broome - Darwin soon