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Kangaroo Island Look-out to Marion Bay

Distance: 19.6 kms one way (allow 5.5 hours)

Level of difficulty – moderate to hard (some short harder sections negotiating steep dunes)

Walkers-near-rocksThis part of the Trail will appeal to the more energetic among us. The natural surfaced goat track style trail meanders along cliff headlands and onto the beach.

From Kangaroo Island lookout the walk takes on a new challenge, and is a photographer's delight as it showcases what is arguably some of the best scenery in South Australia. The walk uses cliff top, beaches, rock hopping and dune climbs in a couple of spots. Entering the Hillocks Drive Butlers Beach section, there are rock pools and picturesque scenery in abundance. The exceptional scenery continues and trail users are able to walk the Crownlands down to Meehan lookout.
Note: The Crownlands is a 20-30 metre strip boarded by private property so be sure not to trespass. We are lucky to be able to witness this unique coastline.

From Meehan lookout to Marion Bay it's a beautiful beach walk, with dunes on one side and crashing surf on the other. Marion Bay Township can be seen in the distance.

 

Gym Beach to Formby Bay

Distance: 9.6 kms one way (allow 3.5 hours), 19.2 kms return (allow 6.5 hours)

Level of difficulty – moderate

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This walk features spectacular surf breaks and quiet secluded beaches. A natural-surface goat-track style trail negotiating native vegetation along the cliff-tops, headlands and dunes.

From Gym Beach camp ground, the trail follows the beach to the headland, then heads up onto the dunes and to the cliff tops. Once again there are photo opportunities of the rugged coastline and white sandy beaches. Stay on the clifftop and follow the coastline, passing numerous bays with spectacular surf breaks and quiet secluded beaches until you reach the last beach before Formby Bay. There is a shelter located here.

Walk down to Baby Lizards Surf Break and hit the beach to walk the large stretch of sand, big waves and huge dunes. It's soft sand all the way around to Daly Head, where you scale the big staircase and follow the clifftop to the Daly Head car park.

The Daly Head National Surfing Reserve was proclaimed in January 2013, and was the first in South Australia. Achieving National Surfing Reserve (NSR) status ensures that Daly Head has recognition as an iconic world class surfing location.

 

The Gap to Port Hughes

Distance: 26.7 kms one way (allow 7.5 hours)

Level of difficulty – moderate

Discover quiet crisp white beaches walking the beach past vegetated dunes and samphire flats. Port Hughes has calm clear waters and a fantastic jetty, making it a popular fishing destination

The trail leaves from the Gap parking area and heads along the beach for the long and very beautiful walk to Cape Elizabeth, passing the Eastern Spencer Gulf marine park where shore based recreational line fishing is permitted.

The beach is backed by dunes, beach ridges and opening out onto farmland.
From the Cape the walk continues along the beach to Port Hughes coming into the town just before the jetty near the caravan park and foreshore reserve.

 

Port Rickaby to Port Victoria

Distance: 21.6 kms one way (allow 6 hours)

Level of difficulty – easy. Not accessible for the mobile-impaired or prams

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Wide, long beaches form the majority of this section with shallow, crystal blue waters for as far as the eye can see. Port Rickaby has plenty to offer visitors, including a family-friendly beach. Port Victoria is a paradise for anglers and scuba divers.

From the jetty at Point Turton follow the footpath as it passes beach front shacks and down onto the beach. The beach has hard sand and is good for walking, with views of crystal clear blue water and white sand dunes covered with native vegetation providing a magnificent experience.

Half way to Port Victoria is beautiful Wauraltee Beach, a long stretch of white sand, and a very popular camping spot. A short distance further on is Wauraltee Conservation Reserve and historic water point complete with well and windmill. This is a photo opportunity only – no water is available here.

As the trail gets closer to Port Victoria, it passes over the front of the headland down onto beautiful Rifle Butts Beach. At the northern end of this beach the trail becomes a gravel path and joins the Port Victoria Geology Trail, making its way to the jetty and town centre.  Leaflets on the Port Victoria Geology Trail are available from the foreshore kiosk.

 

Multi-Day Walks

Note: Park entry fee and camping fees applicable within Innes National Park. Camping permits and fees applicable for Council Bush camps. Please contact Yorke Peninsula Visitor Centre for further information if you are walking or cycling and carrying all your own gear.

There are various options for overnight accommodation, including private accommodation options in the townships and Council Bush camps.

Marion Bay to Gleesons Landing

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. 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. 

Total distance: 60.5 kms
Level of difficulty - moderate

Suggested itinerary:

• Marion Bay (Caravan Park and private accommodation available) to Pondalowie Campground (Innes National Park - permit required): 21.6 kms (allow 6 hours)
• Pondalowie to Gym Beach Campground (Innes National Park - permit required): 16.4 kms (allow 4.5 hours)
• Gym Beach Campground to Gleesons Landing (Council Bush camp - permit required): 22.5 kms (allow 5.5 hours)

Discover spectacular rugged cliffs, high-energy beaches, mammoth dunes and quiet, inland woodlands on this natural-surfaced trail with some beach walking.

walk near Stenhouse BayThe walk begins near the tennis courts in Marion Bay. Apart from a small section, the trail from Marion Bay to Stenhouse Bay is shared by walkers and cyclists. As part of this walk you will experience spectacular scenery as you pass through Innes National Park.

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.

Cape SpencerAs the track departs the Pondalowie Surf Break parking area, there is a section of shared trail which follows the dirt road until the start of the Gym Beach Hiking Trail – a distance of 7.8km. Vehicle traffic is limited to 40km/h, but walkers should be wary of traffic, especially during busy periods. There is no footpath, and sometimes the dense roadside vegetation and steep road sides can prevent walkers from quickly getting off the roadway.

Leaving Gym Beach, the trail diverges 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.

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 for all vehicles and is available by phoning Yorke Peninsula Visitor Centre on 1800 202 445.

 

Corny Point to Point Turton

Total distance: 31.7 kms
Level of difficulty - easy

Suggested itinerary:
• Corny Point (Caravan Park and private accommodation available) to Burners Beach Campground (Council bush camp - permit required): 18 kms (allow 5 hours)
• Burners Beach Campground to Point Turton (Caravan Park and private accommodation available): 11.7 kms (allow 3.5 hours)

MaggieBayPtTurtonThis trail hugs the coastline which features woodlands, samphire flats, and shallow crystal blue waters lapping Flaherty's Beach. Predominantly on sandy beaches for the first and last thirds, with natural-surfaced tracks and dirt roads in-between.  

From Corny Point the trail heads onto the beach at Dunns Point, leading to a beautiful long beach walk.  The walk can be broken at the small settlement of The Pines where there is a shop and facilities.  From The Pines continue following the beach to Burners Beach, a Council bush camp ground set in an old quarry which forms a natural amphitheatre, protected by the cliffs at the rear.  There is a Walk the Yorke shelter closer to Point Souttar, near a natural boat ramp.  Permits are required for all vehicles camping in any Council bush camp grounds, and are available from Yorke Peninsula Visitor Centre on 1800 202 445.

Leaving Burners Beach, follow the trail past Point Souttar.  The trail varies between following the road verge and walking along the clifftop, with excellent views of the rugged coastline.  Shacks are scattered along this whole stretch of the walk.  Watch for dolphins, whales and the fishing boats.  The trail enters picturesque Magazine Bay, before arriving at the Point Turton jetty.

 

Port Rickaby to The Gap

As part of this section, we are privileged to walk through Nharangga Aboriginal lands.

Total distance: 53.9 kms
Level of difficulty - easy

Suggested itinerary:
• Port Rickaby (Caravan Park and private accommodation available) to Port Victoria (Caravan Park and private accommodation available): 21.6 kms (allow 6 hours)
• Port Victoria to Balgowan (Caravan and Camping Park and private accommodation available): 21.3 kms (allow 6 hours)
• Balgowan to The Gap (Council bush camp - permit required): 11 kms (allow 3 hours)

Port RickabyFrom Port Rickaby heading north towards Port Victoria, walkers follow a beach walk for almost the entire stretch. Long deserted beaches, crystal clear waters and coastal sand dunes provide a magnificent experience for those undertaking the walk.

The Point Turton trail follows the footpath past beach front shacks and down onto the beach, which has hard sand good for walking  There are views of crystal clear blue water and white sand dunes covered with native vegetation providing a magnificent experience.

Half way to Port Victoria is delightful Wauraltee Beach, a long stretch of white sand, and a very popular camping spot. As the trail approaches Port Victoria, it passes over the front of the headland down onto beautiful Rifle Butts Beach. At the northern end of this beach the trail becomes a gravel path and joins the Port Victoria Geology Trail, making its way to the jetty and town centre.  Leaflets on the Port Victoria Geology Trail are available from the foreshore kiosk.

Trail near Point PearceLeaving Port Victoria the trail follows the foreshore and up the stairs near the caravanpark onto higher ground.  It follows the rugged coastline out of town and turns inland before entering Point Pearce Aboriginal Community.  This area is culturally significant for the Adjahdura people of Yorke Peninsula. For a greater understanding of the Aboriginal history and culture of this region, contact Aboriginal Cultural Tours. Options available include a half day tour of the Aboriginal township of Point Pearce (Bookyanna) with an experienced and knowledgeable Adjahdura guide (traditional owner of the country).

The trail follows a little used road reserve through a variety of vegetation, bordering on farmland, before entering the the town of Balgowan.  Follow the road into the town centre, where you will find the caravan park, kiosk and facilities.

From Balgowan the trail follows the local memorial walk out of town along the clifftop.  Walkers are requested to take care from here as the trail follows the road past Tippara Rocks, The Bamboos and onto The Gap.  Council bush camp grounds are found at each of these locations.

 

 

 

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