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Aboriginal Heritage

Yorke Peninsula Council acknowledges the Nharangga people as the traditional custodians of the land over which the Trail passes. We pay our respects to Elders past and present. Nharangga people have a deep spiritual, emotional, social and physical connection to country. Your respect is requested when you use the Trail as this will ensure its natural and cultural values are preserved for future generations.

Nharangga people have lived on Yorke Peninsula since the beginning of Dreaming.  The coastline is dotted with many ancient and significant cultural sites.  Everyone has a responsibility to not damage, disturb or interfere with Aboriginal sites, objects or remains.

Where appropriate, we encourage Trail users to explore the Aboriginal community's heritage around the Trail and find out more about the Dreaming stories associated with various landforms and features.

We ask all Trail users to be respectful of sacred sites and places of significance.

Mobile phone and Wi-Fi connectivity

Mobile telephone coverage is not reliable along the walk. We recommend people carry a PLB (Personal Locating Beacon) or similar on longer walks, particularly if they are walking on their own.

Triple Zero (000) is Australia's primary telephone number to call for assistance in life threatening or time critical emergency situations. Dialling 112 directs you to the same Triple Zero (000) call service and does not give your call priority over Triple Zero (000).

112 is an international standard emergency number which can only be dialled on a digital mobile phone. It is accepted as a secondary international emergency number in some parts of the world, including Australia, and can be dialled in areas of GSM network coverage with the call automatically translated to that country's emergency number. It does not require a sim card or pin number to make the call, however phone coverage must be available (any carrier) for the call to proceed.

Walking times

Walk times given are what the average walker would expect to travel in good conditions. If you are new to bushwalking or the weather conditions deteriorate you can expect to travel for longer times. Walking after dark is not recommended.  Walk times can also be affected by seasonality.  Sand may be softer and seaweed cover beaches at certain times of the year.

Friends of Walk the Yorke

The Friends group conduct regular walks of sections of the Trail.  To contact Friends of Walk the Yorke, telephone Celia Manning on 0437 616 395.

Walks will be cancelled if the predicted temperature at Maitland is 36oC or more.  Please bring food and water on walks.  More detailed information can be obtained by phoning Celia Manning before each walk.

Following is a calendar of planned walks or cycle rides for 2017:

Saturday 4th March - Levens Beach to Port Turton - for more information contact Celia on 0437 616 395

Sunday 23rd April - Port Julia to Port Vincent: in conjunction with Walking SA Expo - for more information contact Celia on 0437 616 395

Sunday 7th May - Macs Beach to Parara Road - for more information contact Alan and Phil on 0448 785 770

Sunday 18th or 25th June - Hillocks - for more information phone Pam on 0488 544 040

Saturday/Sunday 29th/30th July - Walk to the top of South Hummock - for more information contact Alan & Phil on 0448 785 770

Saturday 26th August - to be decided but will include wildflowers - for more information contact Pam on 0488 544 040

Saturday/Sunday 9th/10th September - Marion Bay / Innes National Park - for more information contact Alan and Phil on 0448 785 770

Friday 6th October - Moonlight walk Port Giles to Sultana Point - for more information contact June and Rob on 8852 4226

Saturday 4th November - Stansbury to Port Vincent - for more information contact June and Rob on 8852 4226

Sunday 3rd December - walk and morning tea - for more information contact June and Rob on 8852 4226

Who do I give feedback to, and how do I report problems?

It's very important to us to know what users of the walking trail think. We're happy to hear any feedback, so don't hesitate to let us know by contacting the visitor centre on 1800 202 445, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us with your comments.

We can't be out on the Trail every day, so we depend on you to be our eyes and ears. Report any maintenance situations to Yorke Peninsula Council by phone (08) 8832 0000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What is a multi-use trail?

A multi-use trail means you may encounter different users – mainly hikers and cyclists.  It is not suitable for any form of motorised transport. General trail courtesy asks that cyclists yield to hikers, although it is recommended that common sense prevail.

Can I walk the trail in the summer months?

Generally it is not recommended as the Peninsula experiences hot temperatures and the fire risk is greater. Although the coast may offer cooling breezes, there is little protection from the sun.

Some of the shorter town walks can be quite enjoyable on cooler days even in summer. Even when walking in winter, always cover up and wear a hat and sunscreen.

Always check the weather and fire forecasts before going for a walk. If in doubt and the weather forecast is for hot (and windy) conditions, our recommendation is not to go walking. Fire can spread quickly in open bush and grassland.

Is water available on the track?

It is advisable to carry sufficient drinking water with you. The recommendation is for two litres of water for a full day's walk in cooler weather, and at least three litres if the temperature will be above 28 degrees.

Water can be purchased in the various towns, including Ardrossan, Port Vincent, Stansbury, Edithburgh, Marion Bay, Corny Point, Point Turton, Port Rickaby, Port Victoria, Balgowan, and Moonta Bay.

There are rainwater tanks attached to the shelters along the track, but we recommend treatment with a water purifier before use.

What accommodation options are available?

There is a variety of accommodation options available to the trail users.  

There are caravan parks available in the towns of Port Clinton, Price, Ardrossan, Pine Point, Black Point, Port Vincent, Stansbury, Coobowie, Edithburgh, Marion Bay, Corny Point, Point Turton, Port Rickaby, Port Victoria, Balgowan and Moonta Bay.

Yorke Peninsula Council maintains designated bush camp grounds on Yorke Peninsula.  A permit is required for vehicles staying at these camp grounds, walkers/cyclists without vehicles may camp for free.  Walkers/cyclists without vehicles may camp outisde of town areas alongside the WTY Trail.  All campers must abide by the LEAVE NO TRACE ethos.

There is also camping available in Innes National Park.  Although an entry permit is not required for walkers into the park, camp sites must be booked prior to setting up camp.  Booking for camp sites is available here.

What wildlife will I see?

The peninsula's diverse range of natural habitats is home to a variety of wildlife. Some of the animals you may see include emus, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and possums.  Bird species include wrens, crested bellbirds and little penguins.  In warmer weather, keep an eye out for reptiles such as lizards and snakes. The Australian bush is a natural place where wild animals live freely. Stay on the track, watch your step and be alert. 

Please respect the wildlife and do not follow or approach. Do not feed the wildlife, as it can turn them into pests, and may even make them sick.

Many birds such as the hooded plover use the beaches as a breeding area.  Walking in their area can disturb the birds and you may even accidentally tread on a nest.  To avoid this do not walk just above the high tide mark - walk on the hard sand below.  

Will I see snakes?

Snakes are shy animals and will usually get out of a walker's way rather than attack. Wearing sturdy boots and a pair of gaiters will protect your lower legs. If you see a snake, quietly step back and wait if necessary, until they go on their way. 

Most bites occur when people try to kill snakes (this is illegal). If a bite occurs keep the person at rest, lying down. Do not wash or cut the bitten area. Apply a firm pressure bandage (not a tourniquet) from the bite site, all the way down the limb then back up the limb. Death from snakebite is very uncommon. You do not need to catch or identify the snake as the same anti-venom is used for all snake bites.

It is advisable to carry a basic first aid kit. Hikers with allergies to bites and stings need to ensure they carry appropriate medication.

Can I have a camp fire in a Council campground?

During fire danger season – YES, provided you adhere to Council regulations – briefly that means that the fire is in a 30 centimetre trench no more than one square metre in area and that you have a four metre cleared space around and above the fire. A responsible person must be in attendance at all times with water or other extinguishing agent on hand.

On total fire ban days – NO, fines apply – IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE AWARE OF THE BANS OR RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE ON A DAILY BASIS

During winter (non-fire danger season) – YES, provided you adhere to Council Regulations – briefly that means that the fire is in a 30 centimetre trench no more than one square metre in area and that you have a four metre cleared space around and above the fire. A responsible person must be in attendance at all times with water or other extinguishing agent on hand.

Can I have a camp fire at Innes National Park?

NOTE: Innes National Park EXTENDS TO THE LOW WATER MARK ON THE BEACH

During fire danger season – NO – fines apply – gas fires only are allowed

On total fire ban days – NO – fines apply – IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE AWARE OF THE BANS OR RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE ON A DAILY BASIS

During winter (non-fire danger season) – YES only at Innes National Park - campfires must not be left unattended and may only be lit in designated sites. Collection of firewood in Innes National Park is strictly prohibited.

Camp fires are not permitted in any other Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR) park or reserve within Yorke Peninsula.

Days of high fire danger

Prepare, Act and Survive

Your safety is your responsibility and you need to be aware of current Fire Danger Ratings.

Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic fire danger ratings

On high fire danger days a rating of Severe or Extreme fire danger is applied. This means all walkers are advised to consider their personal safety while on their planned walking route. You need to know your planned escape routes as many sections of the walk have no safe refuge.

For Total Fire Ban information, visit the Country Fire Service (CFS) website.

During the fire season, over the warmer months of the year a Total Fire Ban day may be declared. On these days you must not light a fire and should stop any activity which might start a fire. This includes using portable liquid and gas fuel cooking stoves.

During periods of hot and windy weather and in the event that a Total Fire Ban is declared, hikers should carry some food that does not need to be cooked.

 

Are there any general safety guidelines I should follow?

It is a good idea to wear a high visibility vest when the trail follows the road.

  • Prepare well
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to get there
  • Have a plan so that your back up knows what to do if you do not make a scheduled contact
  • Prepare a contingency plan in case of accident, emergency or severe weather event
  • Carry a compass
  • Keep hydrated (drink plenty of water)
  • Be aware of the weather
  • Dress for the conditions
  • Carry an emergency kit

Leave no trace

We encourage users of the trail to follow the 7 principles of Leave No Trace.

These are

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimise Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Your Hosts and Other Visitors

For more information visit the Leave No Trace website at www.lnt.org.au.

 

 

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