Due South Australia : Due South Australia 2014
204 | DUE SOUTH AUSTRALIA | YORKE PENINSULA | www.duesouthaustralia.com.au YORKE PENINSULA VISIT Right on Adelaide’s doorstep is one of the most perfect holiday destinations you could imagine. With its unspoilt coastline, rolling farmland and rich heritage, Yorke Peninsula is a region with endless fascination. YORKE PENINSULA Jutting out into the Southern Ocean, Yorke Peninsula enjoys many blessings, including 700 kilometres of immaculate coastline, magnificent beaches, pristine national parks, rich farmland and cute towns which date back to the earliest days of European settlement. Despite its proximity to Adelaide, the peninsula is surprisingly free of visitors and attracts few day trippers and coach parties. Somehow the locals have managed to guard many of its secrets, so that they can keep the amazing fishing, great dive sites and long stretches of empty sand all to themselves. Often compared to the boot of Italy, the peninsula is very compact. Visitors can drive its entire length in two and a half hours, crossing a wide variety of landscapes – from sunny beaches to rich farmland and native bushland. Along the way you’ll see well- preserved mining towns, vineyards, horse studs and much more. History buffs will enjoy visiting Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo, three towns which were once at the centre of the region’s 19th century copper boom. This area is called Little Cornwall, due to the wave of Cornish miners who settled here. They brought their culture, language and food. Today, this is one of the few places in Australia you can buy a ‘proper’ Cornish pasty. With its good range of campsites, holiday cottages, farm stays and beach shacks, the peninsula is perfect for those travelling with small children. Just find something near the beach and you’re away. Choose from an organised fishing charter or just do your own thing – surfing, swimming, beach fishing, yachting, snorkelling and kayaking are all popular. But leave some free time to explore the nearby country towns. In Wallaroo, take the kids to visit George, a preserved giant squid measuring eight and a half metres at the Heritage & Nautical Museum or spend a night star gazing with the Wallaroo Astronomical Society. Either way, they’ll want to come back again. So will you.
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