Adelaide & Yorke Peninsula Australia
Adelaide And Yorke Peninsula
This region extends from the wide sandy beaches of Adelaide to the heritage mining towns and fishing ports of Yorke
Peninsula and the busy industrial centre of Port Pirie. At the tip of the peninsula lies the ruggedly beautiful coastline of Inness National Park. Adelaide is renowned for its parks and churches, elegant stone architecture and prestigious arts festival, but its coastline remains something of a secret. The 60 km of shoreline, reaching from Outer Harbour in the north to the quaint township of Port Noarlunga at the beginning of the Fleurieu Peninsula, is an enticing stretch of easily accessible sandy beaches, offering the full gamit of coastal holiday experiences. One and a half hour’s drive away is York Peninsula-reaching out into Gulf St, Vincent and Spencer Gulf – a patchwork of waving barley and grain, vineyards and silvery olive groves, framed by a scenic coastline. The north has a distinctive mining history and strong Cornish heritage. The ocean floor in both gulfs is littered with shipwrecks, providing first – rate diving sites Anglers will find excellent jetty and offshore fishing. At the southern tip is Innes national Park, where the terrain is pockmarked with salt lakes and craggy cliffs and high sand dunes are shaped by the pummeling waves of the Southern Ocean. The park is a wonderful environment t for walking, swimming, surfing, fishing and wildlife-watching.
Adelaide: Golden, sandy beaches sweep north and south of Adelaide, facing the waters of Gulf St. Vincent. This coast is relatively undeveloped, in many cases evoking old – fashioned Australian beach holidays. Swimming, surfing, picnicking, beach cricket and, of course, fishing are enjoyed along these shores.
Glenelg: The best known of the capital’s beaches is historic Glenelg, on Holdfats Bay. South Australia was officially proclaimed a province here in 1836 and the seaside suburb has been at the heart of Adelaide’s life ever since. Iconic trams bring beachgoers from the city centre, as they have for more than a century. There is plenty of action – a busy shopping precinct, exhibitions in the imposing 1875 town hall, a grand five – star hotel, foreshore parks, a long jetty for promenading, a sleek new marina with elegant cafes and smart restaurants, and beach volleyball courts.
Port Adelaide: Heritage –rich Port Adelaide, established in 1840, is a tangible reminder of colonial life. Its nautical
past is brought to life with old waterside pubs, landmark colonial buildings, restored sailing ships and a clutch of informative museums. Join a walking tour, visit the Maritime Museum, climb the 1869 lighthouse tower, or book a cruise on the handsome 1919 sailing ketch Falie. The historic steam tug Yelta, river cruise boats and fishing charter boats are based here. In fact, it is still a busy port. Nearby is an intriguing archeological site-Garden Island Ships’ Graveyard, with abandoned vessels dating from 1856? The wrecks create a haven for bird – and marine life. You can view the sights s on a cruise from the historic centre, or hire a sea –kayak and explore the partly exposed hulks, tidal creeks and mangroves. Watch for the bottlenose dolphins that inhabit these waterways.