Aboriginal Heritage

Yorke Peninsula Council acknowledges the Narungga (Nharangga) people as the traditional custodians of the land over which the Trail passes. We pay our respects to past, present and emerging Elders. Narungga 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.

Narungga 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.

Maps of the Trail

Maps are available from Yorke Peninsula Council offices located in Maitland, Minlaton and Yorketown. There is a series of 10 maps, individual cost is $9.95 per map, or purchase the set of 10 maps for $90.00. Postage and handling is $5.00. Maps are not available online for free, as all moneys raised by the sale of the maps goes towards maintenance of the Trail.

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.

Walkers Please Note - The times indicated on the topographical maps are estimates only.  They are based on an average walking speed of 4 km / hour.  However, some sections on the southern Yorke Peninsula may take longer, due to the varying terrain.  This includes beach walks with soft sand, dune climbs and rock hopping.  Please base your walking times on your own fitness and ability.

Transport support

YP Community Transport, a non-profit community transport network, has buses that travel between towns on Yorke Peninsula. Some of their route options may be of assistance in travelling to the Walk the Yorke Trail. See their brochure here.

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 or head to their Facebook page. Walks will be cancelled if the predicted temperature at Maitland is 36C or more. Please bring food and water on walks.

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 us on 1800 202 445, or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 that depend on rainfall attached to the shelters along the track. We recommend using a water purifier before consuming.

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.

Do I need to purchase a bush camping permit if I'm walking or cycling the Trail long distance?

Yorke Peninsula Council maintains 19 designated bush camp grounds on Yorke Peninsula.  Walkers/cyclists without vehicles may camp for free at these campgrounds, but a permit is required for any support vehicles staying at a campground.  

Walkers/cyclists without support vehicles may camp outside of town areas alongside the WTY Trail.  All campers must abide by the LEAVE NO TRACE ethos. Camping is not allowed in conservation parks such as Wills Creek, Point Davenport and Levens Beach. Fees will apply if you camp in any privately owned campground.

There is camping available in Innes National Park. Although an entry permit is not required for walkers into the park, campsites must be booked prior to camping. Innes National Park bookings are available here.

What wildlife will I see?

The Peninsula's diverse range of natural habitats is home to a variety of wildlife. Animals you may see include emus, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and possums. Bird species include wrens, crested bellbirds and 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. Please stay on the track, watch your step and be alert. 

Please respect the wildlife, do not follow or approach and do not feed the wildlife. Many birds such as the hooded plover use the beaches as a breeding area. Walking in their area can disturb the birds and their nest. To avoid this walk below the high tide mark on the hard sand.

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 campfire during the Fire Danger Season?

No. Council does not permit campfires during the Fire Danger Season. Campfires are also banned in all national parks and forestry reserves during the Fire Danger Season.

Can I use a gas, electric or fuel barbecue/stove during the Fire Danger Season?

Yes, electric or gas barbecues can be used providing:

  • The barbecue or stove is clear of all flammable material to a distance of at least 4 metres; and
  • A person who is able to control the barbeque or stove is present at the site until it is extinguished; and
  • An appropriate extinguisher is at hand.
  • It is not forecast a Total Fire Ban day.

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

Question not answered?

If you have a question that hasn't been answered in the FAQs, be sure to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any query you may have.

Visitor Information

Yorke Peninsula Council acknowledges the Narungga (traditionally spelled Nharangga) people, the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Yorke Peninsula and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information
8 Elizabeth Street, Maitland, South Australia 5573
T: 1800 202 445   E: info@visityorkepeninsula.com.au


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