Walk The Yorke

Self-Guided

‘Walk The Yorke’ is a 500km coastal trail on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. Starting from Port Wakefield the trail follows the eastern coast down to the southern tip. Then back up the western coastline to finish at Moonta Bay.

The walk takes you along picturesque coastline, friendly seaside towns, quiet back roads, and through the spectacular Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park.

Get a taste of ‘Walk the Yorke’ with our self-guided highlight packages. We have hand-picked and designed our packages to include spectacular views and remote beachy landscapes.

Walk the most gorgeous sections of this long distance trail on Yorke Peninsula. Suitable for solo walkers, couples, families and walking groups – contact us for group rates. They are also perfect for those starting out in the multi-day walking scene.

Your walking package includes a comprehensive walking kit with maps, trail transfers, and comfortable accommodation each night.

So now all you need to do is decide which section to Walk The Yorke self-guided.

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Walking Packages

Eastern Calf Package | 3 DAYS | $359*

 Wombats / Whales / Wells

* Price per person based on 4 people staying in motel style accommodation. Pricing varies depending on group size and type of accommodation preferred. Pricing starts from $183 per person for a group of 12 people and powered camp sites. Bookings are available for solo travellers, couples/twin and groups of 3-12 people.

Your east coast package ‘Eastern Calf’ has protected bays and safe swimming beaches. Driving this eastern coast takes you past significant locations including historic wells and a whale memorial. Arriving at you accommodation for both nights in Port Vincent, a pretty seaside town on Yorke Peninsula. Port Vincent is approximately 200km and a 2½ hours drive from Adelaide.

Day 1

Self drive to Yorke Peninsula to meet up with your vehicle transfer. Here, you will be transferred to the start of your first days walk. The walk today includes majestic views over a mangrove forest. Keep an eye out for migratory wading birds. Also a stroll through wombat warrens behind mangrove and samphire ecosystems. Home of the grumpy Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat.
Walking Distance: 8km

Day 2

Your starting point this morning will be determined by the tides. The section of trail today highlights the varying landscapes and surfaces that make the Walk The Yorke trail unique. From gorgeous bushland trails, remote sandy beaches, quiet farmland roads, spectacular cliffs and Aboriginal significant sites. Dolphins frequent this coastline so keep an eye on the water.
Walking Distance: 23km

Day 3

Today you have a 2km beach section. This is subject to tidal influence so will be managed at the start or end of the walk. Look out for the small underground mine dug into the cliff when on the beach. Other sections of the trail today pass through coastal bushland and old diggings and kilms that provide an insight into the regions mining history.
Walking Distance: 10km

A full itinerary is provided after booking and adjustments can be made based on flight arrival times. We will also arrange for later transfer pick up times if you like to sleep in, or earlier times if you prefer to walk first thing in the morning.

Also you choose your style of accommodation in Port Vincent.

Southern Toe Package | 3 DAYS | $541*

Islands / Emus / Surf

* Price per person based on 4 people staying in apartment style accommodation. Pricing varies depending on group size and type of accommodation preferred. Pricing starts from $303 per person for a group of 12 people and powered camp sites. Bookings are available for solo travellers, couples/twin and groups of 3-12 people.

Your south coast package ‘Southern Toe’ has wild cliffs and beautiful bushland trails. The southern tip of Yorke Peninsula is reached by multiple ways. Passing plenty of spots for a coffee or lunch break. Your accommodation for both nights is in Marion Bay, a quiet coastal town on the edge of Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park. Marion Bay is approximately 280km and a 3½ hours drive from Adelaide.

Day 1

Self drive to Yorke Peninsula to meet up with your vehicle transfer. Here, you will be transferred to the start of your first days walk. Todays walk includes a remote sandy beach section and thick wooded scrub land. Keep an eye out for dolphins. This quiet section of coastline gets you up close to giant wind turbines. These fascinating turbines generate two per cent of South Australia’s electricity.
Walking Distance: 9km

Day 2

Today provides spectacular scenery as you pass through Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park. Abundant birdlife, kangaroos, goanna and emus call this special place home. You walk on varying trail surfaces amongst thick native vegetation which provides a colourful display through spring. This section of Walk The Yorke trail includes beach walking, dramatic steep cliffs, and large salt lakes. Plan to spend some time exploring the historic ruins of Inneston, an old gypsum mining town.
Walking Distance: 23km

Day 3

Get ready for a remote coastal experience today. As your Walk The Yorke self-guided journey takes you along one of the most dramatic cliff-line sections of the trail. Hike through vegetated sand dunes, along surf beaches and across rocky plateau. Birds of prey can be seen today.
Walking Distance: 10km

A full itinerary is provided after booking and adjustments can be made based on flight arrival times. We will also arrange for later transfer pick up times if you like to sleep in, or earlier times if you prefer to walk first thing in the morning.

Also you choose your style of accommodation in Marion Bay.

Western Shin Package | 3 DAYS | $495*

Sand / Seals / Reef

* Price per person based on 4 people staying in historic retreat accommodation. Pricing varies depending on group size and type of accommodation preferred. Pricing starts from $302 per person for a group of 12 people and powered camp sites. Bookings are available for solo travellers, couples/twin and groups of 3-12 people.

Your west coast package ‘Western Shin’ has long sandy beaches and quiet shores. The easy drive to the western side of Yorke Peninsula provides opportunities to stretch the legs, refresh and learn about the local Narungga and European history. Arriving at you accommodation for both nights in Point Turton, a peaceful seaside town overlooking the sheltered waters of Hardwicke Bay. Point Turton is approximately 240km and a 3 hours drive from Adelaide.

Day 1

Self drive to Yorke Peninsula to meet up with your vehicle transfer. Here, you will be transferred to the start of your first days walk. Picture rugged coastline, small sandy beaches, black granite boulders sprinkled with orange lichen, and crystal clear water. That’s what awaits you. Your remote beach walk section is part of a lobster sanctuary zone. Rock hopping and quiet trails take you to headland lookouts. Keep an eye out for surfers in the water.
Walking Distance: 8km

Day 2

Today you will walk adjacent foreshore flat and reef. Included is a beach section for a distance of 7km bordering an inland Conservation Park. So plenty of time to spot whales and seals. The trail follows around headlands and offers plenty of scenic views. Look for the 100 year old hand-dug channel along the way. An insight into the hard work that was undertaken by 20 people over a 50 week period.
Walking Distance: 22km

Day 3

A short drive to your starting point for your final days walk. A sandy beach adjacent reef and dunes, plus trail through remnant coastal vegetation. This pretty section of Walk The Yorke trail has a bit of everything. Including a bushland trail for 4km through a Conservation Park at the back of the dunes.
Walking Distance: 10km

A full itinerary is provided after booking and adjustments can be made based on flight arrival times. We will also arrange for later transfer pick up times if you like to sleep in, or earlier times if you prefer to walk first thing in the morning.

Also you choose your style of accommodation in Point Turton.

Details

  • Type: Walk The Yorke self-guided
  • Destination: Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
  • Traditional Country: Narungga
  • When: Anytime
  • Trail rating: Moderate

Inclusions

  • The best sections of trail to walk each day
  • Comfortable accommodation with cooking facilities
  • Transfers on and off the trail each day
  • Walking kit including maps

Getting There

  • Your eastern and western Walk The Yorke self-guided packages are located about 2½  hours drive from Adelaide.
  • The southern package is the trails furthest point away from Adelaide and is a 3½ hours drive.

Important Information

  • Accommodation has been chosen with cooking facilities. If you prefer to have all meals provided this can be arranged and will be additional
  • Accommodation is twin share. Single supplement will apply
  • You will need your own tent or swag if camping
  • Please bring what you need. The accommodation you are staying at could have limited alcohol and snacks available for purchase
  • Packages start and finish on Yorke Peninsula. If you require transfers to and from Yorke Peninsula please let us know and we can arrange this for you
  • Read terms and conditions before booking
  • Travel Insurance is recommended – get a quote from Covermore
  • Note weather and a range of circumstances outside our control can mean last minute changes to your itinerary are necessary
  • If your trip departs during Fire Ban Season – last minute changes to your itinerary or walking location may be required for safety reasons
  • Please do not book any flights until your booking is confirmed.

Weather

Yorke Peninsula experiences a Mediterranean climate

  • Summers see coastal breezes and temperatures averaging 15°C  to 30°C
  • Autumn features warm sunny days with temperatures averaging 12°C to 23°C
  • Winter days are cooler with temperatures averaging 7°C to 16°C
  • Spring time has fresh sea breezes and temperatures averaging 10°C to 22°C

Contact

You may have some questions or wish to speak to us. Please feel free to ask us what’s on your mind. You can contact us via phone or email.