Our coast is a fragile environment and busy holiday periods with high numbers of visitors can put enormous pressure on our coastal areas. Yorke Peninsula Council installed a number of works to conserve and protect our coastal environment, this includes fencing, revegetation, walk ways and signage. We encourage responsible use of coastal resources so all can continue to enjoy into the future.

At the beach:

  • Please use the paths provided as leaving the path puts local wildlife and vegetation at risk.
  • It is strongly encouraged to stay out of the dunes and off coastal cliffs whether they are fenced or not. Disturbing vegetation increases the likelihood of erosion, which may cause the coastline to retreat at an increased rate.
  • Please dispose of all litter and keep the beach clean. Plastics are particularly bad for birds and marine creatures such as seals, dolphins and fish.
  • Please keep dogs under control at all times to ensure they do not disturb wildlife..

Driving on the beach:

  • Check the tide times before you go out. Plan your trip to coincide with low tide and never go onto the beach at high tide. Hooded Plovers nest at the front of the dunes just behind the high tide zone and you could unknowingly drive over their nests, crushing their eggs.
  • Before you commence your drive, decide whether you really need to take the car or could reach the destination on foot. Alternatively by stopping your vehicle and walking for just the last 100 metres, you can significantly reduce your impact on the environment
  • Stay on marked tracks and out of vegetated dunes. Otherwise you will be damaging the coastal environment and disturbing local wildlife
  • With the exception of National and Conservation Parks, private property backs onto many beaches. Even though there may be evidence of previous tracks and no fences, if you leave the beach you are likely to be trespassing on private property
  • Reduce your tyre pressures according to conditions.
  • Reduce your speed at blind corners and hills and stay alert. You don’t know who might be coming the other way on the narrow tracks
  • Be considerate of other beach users. When in the vicinity of others, particularly children, be sure to drive at a safe speed

Visitor Information

ASK THE LOCAL EXPERTS
Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information 
8 Elizabeth Street Maitland South Australia
T: 1800 202 445
E: info@visityorkepeninsula.com.au

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