WTY map

For the most up to date information on the trail including services available in all towns contact Yorke Peninsula Council on 1800 202 445 or 08 8832 0000

 

Topographical maps can be purchased from Yorke Peninsula Council offices in Maitland, Minlaton and Yorketown.  There is a series of 10 maps, retailing for $9.95 per map, or the full set of 10 maps for $90.00.  Postage and handling costs apply.

 All money raised from the sale of maps assists with the maintenance of the Trail. 

 

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 onger due to the varying terrain, with an average walking speed of as low as 2 km / hour.  The terrain includes beach walks with soft sand, dune climbs and rock hopping.  Please base your walking times on your own fitness and ability.

 

Section 1 - trail between Port Wakefield and Port Clinton (Reference: Map 1):

Just outside Port Wakefield there is a creek crossing.  This crossing is not suitable for cyclists and can also cause difficulties for walkers. An alternative route is to follow the highway from Port Wakefield, turning west at Ketch Road. At the next intersection, turn left down Annie Watt Road, joining the Trail at the end of the road.  See picture maps here.  

During wet weather it is recommended that cyclists starting from Port Wakefield follow the highway through to Port Arthur.  Walkers are advised to follow the highway from Port Wakefield, turning west at Ketch Road. At the next intersection, turn left down Annie Watt Road, joining the Trail at the end of the road.  From here follow the railway line until reaching the Yorke Highway. 

 

Section 3 - trail south of Ardrossan - Rogues Point to Pine Point (Reference: Map 2):

A small section of trail approximately 1.5km south of Rogues Point and 3.5km north of Pine Point across Crown Land is yet to have a formed trail constructed. This section is planned for completion in the near future. The remainder of the section between Ardrossan and Pine Point remains accessible. 

In order to complete this section, cyclists will need to divert to the Yorke Highway between Rogues Point and Pine Point. See picture maps here.
Walkers may choose to continue along the trail between the two towns, however when the formed trail ceases will need to follow the fence line until the formed trail recommences. This unformed section is estimated to be 1.8 kilometres and does contain some gully crossings.

Section 16 - The Gap to Moonta Bay (Reference: Map 10):

Due to a number of factors such as soft sand on tracks, vandalised markers, blind corners and vehicles, changes have been made to the Walk the Yorke Trail cycle option between The Gap and Moonta Bay.  Cyclists now leave The Gap campground and follow Gap Road to the intersection with Nalyappa Road. Turn north and follow Nalyappa Road to the intersection with Coopers Beach Road, turning east. Continue to the intersection with Spencer Highway and follow this into Moonta.

 

Gravel Sections 

The gravel sections of the trail that are newly constructed will compact further over time. We are monitoring those sections that have not settled well, but please report any unsettled sections to Yorke Peninsula Council on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WTY StileGate Pt VincentToStansburyMetal access stiles

In certain sections, a metal access stile has been installed to prevent unauthorised off-road vehicle access. This is to protect the sensitive coastal environments from the degradation these vehicles cause. If cycling, you will need to lift your bike over the stile to continue your journey.

 

Soft off-road sections for cyclists

At times of the year (mainly Summer and Autumn), some off-road sections can be soft and it may be easier to walk your bike. An alternative is to follow local unsealed roads - these alternative routes are not marked on the maps of the Trail route.



Cyclists

Please note that the cycling route follows some of the main sealed highways for small sections of the Trail. These are:

• St Vincent Highway, Pine Point to Port Julia - approximately 9.5 km (Reference: Section 4 / Map 3)
• St Vincent Highway, Port Vincent to Devil Gully - south of Port Vincent - approximately 3.5 km; and again to Beach Hut - approximately 2km (Reference: Section 5 / Map 3)
• Hayward Park Road and St Vincent Highway intersection (Reference: Section 6 / Map 4)
• Yorke Highway, Point Turton to Hardwicke Bay - approximately 1km (Reference: Section 13 / Map 8)
• Spencer Highway, Pedler Road to Moonta - approximately 3km (Reference: Section 16 / Map 10)

Section 3 - Rogues Point to Pine Point (south of Ardrossan) (Reference: Map 2)

A small section of trail approximately 1.5km south of Rogues Point and 3.5km north of Pine Point across Crown Land is yet to have a formed trail constructed. In order to complete this section, cyclists will need to divert to the Yorke HIghway between Rogues Point and Pine Point. The remainder of the section between Ardrossan and Pine Point remains accessible.

Section 7 - Sultana Point to Wattle Point (south of Edithburgh) (Reference: Map 4)

There is a sand track from Sultana Point, south of Edithburgh, to Wattle Point - a distance of approximately 600m which may need to be walked. The Trail opens to an old four-wheel drive track suitable for riding at the end of this sand section. An alternative route is to return to the southern end of Edithburgh and follow Hilsea Road and Wattle Point Road to Heel Road.

Section 7 - Boothill Station Road to Port Moorowie (Reference: Map 4)

The eastern end of this section from Boothill Station Road may be soft for approximately 2kms. An alternative route is to follow Boothill Station Road, New Honiton Road and Mceacherns Beach Road.

Section 10 - Browns Beach to Gym Beach (Reference: Map 6)

This section may have some sandy parts though is reported as a good ride. An alternative route is to return to Marion Bay and follow the sealed Marion Bay Road, reconnecting with the Trail on this road. This would then require a diversion into Gym Beach following Gym Beach Road.

Section 13 - Cockle Beach to Parsons Beach (Reference: Map 8)
Both walkers and cyclists follow an old four-wheel drive track of sandy soil that may be soft. Within this section, for approximately 2kms north of Watsons Beach Road, the Trail is known to become grassy before becoming a two-wheel drive dirt track. An alternative route is to follow Cockle Beach Road, Mount Terrible Road, and Parsons Beach Road.

Section 13 - Barkers Rocks to Port Rickaby (Reference: Map 8)

At times this Trail becomes sandy with natural sand movement from the dunes. Cyclists who do not wish to undertake sand riding can follow Barkers Rocks Road, the sealed Rickaby Road and Croser Road.

Other notes for cyclists ...

Section 12 - Burners Beach to Point Turton (Reference: Map 7)
Cyclists have the option to cycle the Trail track or unsealed road.

Section 13 - Point Turton to Port Rickaby (Reference: Map 8)
Cyclists follow tracks adjacent the sealed road and along a small section of the sealed highway between Flaherty's Beach and Hardwicke Bay. Walkers follow the beach. The map indicates cyclists can divert to Flaherty's Beach for sight-seeing. Whilst Flaherty's Beach is open to vehicles and at times may be compact enough for cycling, the designated cycling route is inland.

 

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 3 to 5 hours 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 fitness and ability.

When walkers are directed inland from a beach section, the trail markers are positioned above the high tide mark to avoid damage from the sea. Please be aware and keep a look out for these markers.

Wakefield River crossingSection 1 - Port Wakefield to Port Clinton (Reference: Map 1)

Just outside Port Wakefield there is a creek crossing. This crossing is not suitable for cyclists and can also cause difficulties for walkers. An alternative route is to follow the highway from Port Wakefield through to Port Arthur. See descriptive maps here.

During wet weather it is recommended that walkers follow the highway from Port Wakefield, turning west on Ketch Road. At the next intersection, turn left down Annie Watt Road, joining the Trail at the end of the road.  From here follow the railway line until reaching the Yorke Highway 

Section 3 - Rogues Point to Pine Point (South of Ardrossan) (Reference: Map 2)
A small section of trail approximately 1.5km south of Rogues Point and 3.5km north of Pine Point across Crown Land is yet to have a formed trail constructed. In order to complete this section, cyclists will need to divert to the Yorke Highway between Rogues Point and Pine Point. The remainder of the section between Ardrossan and Pine Point remains accessible.

Section 8 - Sturt Bay to Point Davenport Conservation Park (Reference: Map 5)
The marker directing walkers from the beach into Point Davenport Conservation Park is placed above the high tide mark, so please keep a look out. If you reach the estuary, you have gone too far and will need to retrace your steps.

Section 9 - Foul Bay to Marion Bay (Reference: Map 5) - parts of the Trail passing Hillocks Drive are beach walk.  Please make sure you follow the yellow Walk the Yorke Trail markers, as Hillocks Drive is privately owned property.

Section 10 - Innes National Park (Reference: Map 6)
There is a section of shared trail through Innes National Park, beginning from the Pondalowie Surf Break car park.  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.

Section 10 - Gym Beach to Formby Bay (also known as Baby Lizards) (Reference: Map 6)
When walking from Gym Beach to Formby Bay (well known to surfers as Baby Lizards), please look out for the marker indicating the climb up the sand dunes at the end of Gym Beach. If you come across a set of private access stairs, you have gone too far and will need to retrace your steps. This is not an issue when walking from Formby Bay to Gym Beach, as from this direction the Trail commences on the headland.
The Trail remains atop of the sand dunes and headlands – the only beach walk is on Gym Beach. Whilst at times the other beaches may look appealing to walk on, they are not always accessible at both ends, and therefore are not the designated route. The markers on top of the sand dunes and headlands are to be used as a guide as there is no formed track (other than for a small section at Baby Lizards), so please pick your route carefully and do not tread on plants.
Also please note, this strip of publicly-accessible Crown Land is narrow, so please take care not to enter private property.

Section 10 - Dust Hole Beach (Formby Bay, from Baby Lizards to Daly Heads) may have very soft and deep sands.

Section 11 - Gleesons Landing to Corny Point (Reference: Map 7)
Gleesons Landing to Swincers Rocks may have very soft and deep sands. High tide may also result in waves crashing high on the beach. It is recommended to time your walk with low tide.

Section 12 - Corny Point to Point Turton (Reference: Map 7)
At certain times of the year the seaweed build up on the beach from Corny Point to The Pines may be deep. As an alternative route, walkers may follow the marked inland cycling route.

Section 13 - Point Turton to Port Rickaby (Reference: Map 8)
Hardwicke Bay to Cockle Beach (in particular) is rocky and at times of the year there is a lot of seaweed build up. You may choose to time your walk with low tide, which exposes firmer sand.

From Cockle Beach to Parsons Beach the designated walking trail is inland however there is the option to walk the beach. If taking the beach route option, be aware that Watsons Beach may at times have soft sand and weed build up. Low tide exposes firmer sand.

Section 14 - Port Rickaby to Port Victoria (Reference: Map 9)
The beach immediately north of Port Rickaby may have seaweed build up for a short section.

Section 15 - Port Victoria to Balgowan (Reference: Map 9)
Inland trails may be slippery when wet.

 

Visitor Information

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Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information 
8 Elizabeth Street Maitland South Australia
T: 1800 202 445
E: info@visityorkepeninsula.com.au

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