Yorke Peninsula

There was one other thing in Coober Pedy that we’d hoped to do and that was a drive in movie. They have there one of the few remaining drive in movies in South Australia. Unfortunately we’re not here at the right time as they are run fortnightly so we join the Stuart Highway for a long and pretty boring run south. Adelaide is 850km away but our first destination is going to be the Yorke Peninsula and we’re looking for a few days of sun, sea and sand.

The explorer Matthew Flinders named the region. Now it’s often referred to as Yorkes or just The Peninsula and it’s much the same as it was when it was discovered 200 years ago. The Peninsula is just a two hour drive from top to bottom and 30 minutes across and it’s got the lot – good beaches and good seafood, the speciality being oysters and very reasonably priced they are too. There is also good surfing and snorkelling.

We broke our journey at Port Germein, a lovely little holiday town with just one pub and one shop but of course they all have to have something special. In Port Germein’s case it’s the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere at nearly a mile long. We stayed on a delightful campsite on the seafront and in the evening we walked the length of the jetty. There were a few people fishing but most were crabbing for the local delicacy, the blue crab. The campsite even has a special area for cleaning the crabs and a crab cooker.

The next day we drove on to Wallaroo a bit further down the Yorke Peninsula which had been recommended to us. We picked a campsite which was on the north shore but the best bit about Wallaroo is a big flat beach which you can drive your car onto. We parked a few metres from the waters edge – this is campervanners heaven. On the beach with everything we need right with us. We’re staying for a few nights and tonight will have our first oysters of the holiday at a local fish restaurant.

Note: We have managed to put photos on most of the diary entries now and the rest will follow soon.

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