Week 3 – Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula

After leaving Burra we were headed towards the Yorke Peninsula and after a couple of quick stop’s at Martindale Hall in Mintaro for some culture and at Jim Barry’s in Clare for some Riesling, we found ourselves at the Port Wakefield caravan park. This isn’t normally a place on the tourist route but the Caravan Park was clean and quiet.

So after a massive ‘schnitty’ and a free beer at the local pub we got a good nights sleep and legged it straight thorugh to Innes National Park. This Natonal Park is at the very end of the Peninsula (the  ‘toe’ end) where we though it was the best place to explore the foot from. Luckily we managed to manouvure the Camper into a site at the tiny camping area at Shell Beach, and we were glad to see we only had three neighbours.

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The beach was initally described as child friendly, but we soon learnt that it wasn’t with Campbell being knocked over the moment he reached the water. No swimming for us at this spot. However, rumour had it there was a secret rock pool along the beach and over a few rocks. When we eventaully found it we were bown away. It was deep (very) and nicely enclosed, but still had a few waves crashing over to make it interesting. My very brave daughter got in with her snorkel and Craig took her swimming. I was a bit more chicken and Campbell found spying crabs to be more interesting than swimming.

We were lucky to meet up with another travelling family, who had two lovely little girls for our kids to play with. Many hours were spent playing in the black sand and trying to find lost toys.

We explored this little gem of a National Park, having lunch at lighthouses, wandering along jetties (not piers!) and viewing ship wrecks. The coastline is both rugged and stunning with just the right amount of secluded swimming beaches. Craig and I also got our heritage fix in whilst exploring the old gypsum mining township of Inneston.

 

Meet heaps of local wildife. We named the resident emu, Edwina, after deciding that it would most likely be a female as we had seen a couple of emu chicks with their dads elsewhere in the park. Also got close and nearly personal with a whip snake sunning itself on the path. Walked a little more carefully after that.

Recommendation – Stay a night or four at Innes National Park, have a lunch time feed at Marion Bay Hotel, make sure you have a woodfired pizza, and drive the tourist routes up to Corny Point.

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