As Erich’s laptop, with all his photos from our stay on the Yorke Peninsula up to Marree, is no longer functioning and in an effort to get the blog up to date, I (Lesley) am picking up the gauntlet. Unfortunately, I don’t have many photos and they are obviously not up to Erich’s standard but that’s the way it goes.
1st May 2015
We left Springton today intending to spend some time on the Yorke Peninsula before meeting up again with Chris and Val at Aroona Ruins in the Flinders Ranges on the 9th of May.
Our first destination was a donation camp in the small town of Alford, in the north of the Peninsula, which I had read about on a couple of forums. The drive from Springton was uneventful and took us west across to the highway via Gawler, Mallala (where there looks to be a reasonable camp at the Sportsground) and Dublin then north via Port Wakefield. The relatively new camp ground at Alford is an initiative of the local Progress Association in an attempt to bring some money back into the town where the only via business seems to be the Pub. However the camp, in the former school grounds, has flushing toilets, a dump point and water tap and a couple of rotary clothes lines. It is 20km north of Kadina which is a major town on the Peninsula and had the best shopping facilities that we found there.
On our second day, we decided to explore to the south and made a round trip from Alford to Wallaroo, Moonta, Maitland, Port Victoria, Minlaton, Curramulka, Ardrossan, Arthurton and Kadina.
Wallaroo is a major grain loading port with a huge facility on the bay. All quiet at the moment as it is out of season, but we were amazed to see the many new homes in the area. Moonta Bay was also a surprise with many new and upmarket homes and almost no infrastructure. Obviously the town of Moonta is the shopping hub and was a very pretty town with lots of nice old buildings and a main street of lovely shopfronts. We stopped in at the local hardware store to buy a set of welding gloves for our camp fires as we had left ours at home. Chatting to the owner, he confirmed that the majority of homes at Moonta Bay are either holiday homes or holiday rentals mostly owned by people from the Adelaide area, just a couple of hours drive away. We stopped for fish and chips at Port Victoria, another tiny town with not a lot to see. We stopped at the Visitor Centre in Minlaton to purchase a State Parks Pass for our intended stays in the future. It was a pleasant drive through interesting landscapes with very little traffic anywhere. Sorry no photos.
Having driven as far south as Minlaton on this trip, we decided exploring the lower part of the Peninsula required us to relocate further south. For no particular reason, I chose the caravan park in the southern town of Yorketown to make our base for a 3 night stay. It turned out to be a good choice (as caravan parks are never top of our places to stay) being managed at the time by a very pleasant couple who had everything spick and span with lovely green grass on our drive through site and beautiful gardens in the small grounds. We were within walking distance of the town centre and had a good walk around. It has a very good supermarket and butcher shop and a bakery that is not just a bakery but a clothing retailer and sporting goods store. We picked up a new tracksuit for Erich as his old one was falling off him due to his weight loss and a loaf of very good rye bread. We were impressed.
Next day we drove across to the small town of Edithburgh on the lower east coast of the Peninsula and then took the dirt road hugging the coast along the bottom of the Peninsula all the way to Marion Bay and Innes National Park. It is a spectacular coastline.
A massive windfarm south west of Edithburgh taking advantage of a very prevalent natural resource.
The map of the coastal route from Edithburgh across to Innes National Park.
Some of the stunning views
The remains of HMS Edith lost in the early 1900s
We lunched at the tavern at Marion Bay before exploring the Innes National Park and the various camping areas which reminded us very much of those at Cape Le Grand in southern Western Australia.
On leaving Yorketown at the end of our 3 night stay, we ran into some very heavy rain heading north and actually had to stop in Minlaton until the rain eased so that we could fuel up without getting drenched. We stopped in Kadina to do our shopping at the only Woollies we found on the Peninsula and headed back to Alford for another night before heading north to Mambray Creek in the Mount Remarkable NP.