and responsible coastal behaviour

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 has put in place a number of works to help conserve and protect the coastal environment, including fencing, revegetation, construction of walk ways and signage. We encourage responsible use of our coastal resources so they may continue to be enjoyed by others into the future.

At the beach:

*      Please use the paths provided and don’t make new ones. If you leave the path you may be stepping on the home of local wildlife and damaging vegetation.

*      Stay out of the dunes and off the top of coastal cliffs whether they are fenced or not. If you disturb the vegetation you will increase the likelihood of erosion, which in turn may cause the coastline to retreat at a much faster rate than would naturally occur.

*      Properly dispose of all your litter and keep the beach clean.   Birds and other creatures may become entangled in it, potentially resulting in death. Plastics are particularly bad for marine creatures such as seals, dolphins and fish.

*      If you take your dog to the beach, keep it under control at all times so as not to disturb wildlife or other beach users.

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 to around 100 to 140 kPa (16 to 20 PSI). Lower pressures will increase traction on soft sand, reducing the impact of your vehicle. Remember to re-inflate them to the recommended pressure before driving on the road at speeds above 60 km/hr

*      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

Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information 
8 Elizabeth Street Maitland South Australia
T: 1800 202 445




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