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Distance: 60.5km (16 hours)

The sign for this section of the walk is near the tennis courts on Slow Street. During this walk you will experience some spectacular scenery as you pass through Innes National Park. Walkers and cyclists are exempt from paying entry to the park. All vehicles entering the park are required to purchase an entry permit for each day.

It's one of the longest parts and covers a total distance of 60.5 kms, which can be broken down into three sections.

  • Marion Bay (Caravan Park and private accommodation available) to Pondalowie Campground (Innes National Park - permit required): 22 kms (allow 7 hours)
  • Pondalowie to Gym Beach Campground (Innes National Park - permit required): 17.7 kms (allow 6 hours)
  • Gym Beach Campground to Gleesons Landing (Council Bush camp - permit required): 21.8 kms (allow 7 hours)

Apart from a small section, the trail from Marion Bay to Stenhouse Bay is shared by walkers and cyclists.

Stenhouse Bay jetty is a great place to stop for a break. The jetty was originally used to load ships with gypsum, which was mined at Inneston within the park. Today the jetty is popular for fishing, and features in numerous photo shoots.

If you have time, take the short walk up to the clifftop overlooking the jetty. Here you will find the grave of a Vietnamese seaman who was buried on the clifftop in 1940, after an accident aboard ship. Dao Thanh was buried in a Buddhist ceremony, but the grave was unmarked until 1997 when the Vietnamese community erected a memorial plaque.

Once inside the park boundaries, walkers and cyclists will follow separate trails, so be aware and follow the appropriate directional signage.

This is a long section so take a break, staying in one of the park camp grounds such as Pondalowie Bay.  There are a number of campsites within the park, but be aware that bookings are required.  There are some fabulous historic and scenic attractions in the park - make a note to come back some time and visit the Ethel Beach, West Cape lighthouse and Dolphin Beach – just a few of the wonderful attractions to be found here.  More information on Innes National Park's experiences can be found here.

As the track departs the Pondalowie Surf Break parking area, there is a section of shared trail. This section of the track follows the gravel road through to Browns Beach and the start of the Gym Beach Hiking Trail - a distance of 7.8km. Vehicle traffic is limited to 40km/h, but walkers should remain wary of the traffic, especially during busy periods. In some places the dense roadside vegetation can prevent walkers from getting quickly off the roadway. Alternative routes for walkers, taking into account environmental considerations, are currently under investigation.

The second suggested point to break your trek is Gym Beach. This is still part of the national park, and requires a permit to camp. You can purchase this permit at the visitor centre on your way into the park, or call Yorke Peninsula Visitor Centre on 1800 202 445.

Leaving Gym Beach, the trail splits with walkers following the coastline on walking trails and beach walks, and cyclists a little further inland along the established roads.  This part of the trail is not well defined, so be aware of your surroundings.  Trail markers are widely spaced, but follow the coastline and you can't get lost!

The coastline from Gym Beach to Daly Head provides some of South Australia's best surfing, with popular spots including Baby Lizards and Formby Bay. Daly Head has been recognised as a National Surfing Reserve and is worth a visit.

There are shelters with seating and small water tanks located at Formby Bay and Daly Head.

Gleesons Landing is a great spot to spend a couple of nights; it's close to surf beaches and has good beach fishing. It is a designated Council bush camping site, with toilet facilities. A permit is required and is available by phoning Yorke Peninsula Visitor Centre on 1800 202 445.

 

Walk the Yorke is a linear trail covering approximately 500kms, and all distances mentioned are one way unless otherwise indicated.

Visitor Information

ASK THE LOCAL EXPERTS
Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information 
18 Main Street Minlaton South Australia
T: 1800 202 445
E: info@visityorkepeninsula.com.au

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